NASA image of the newly described organism, GFAJ-1, grown on arsenic. From

…hold the Old Lace. I think journalists call this “Breaking News.”

Early this morning, rumors circulated that NASA would be announcing the discovery of extraterrestrial life. Hell, I’ll admit, I myself was caught up in the hysteria; between the 8:07 rumor and the 8:40 debunking, I went out and bought four hundred cases of Spaghetti-O’s, a thousand liters of Evian, about 5,000 rounds of thirty-ought-six ammo and a T-shirt that says “Give Us Your Wisdom…OR ELSE.”

But that was probably unnecessary. We’re not being invaded…YET. NASA-funded research has “merely” discovered some weird-ass completely new forms of life in California’s Mono Lake — and no, they’re not referring to the clientele at nearby Grumpy’s Sports Restaurant. Those guys are essentially carbon-based, when it comes right down to it.

No, what the team discovered is a microbe…(READ THE REST OF THIS POST ON TECHYUM)


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