To walk around, feeling numb, as the world passes you. The overall ocean of nostalgia that empowers all those memories- making one feel vulnerable and useless.
It’s almost here.
All one must do is be patient.
Earth’s upper atmosphere—below freezing, nearly without oxygen, flooded by UV radiation—is no place to live. But last winter, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that billions of bacteria actually thrive up there.
Expecting only a smattering of microorganisms, the researchers flew six miles above Earth’s surface in a NASA jet plane. There, they pumped outside air through a filter to collect particles.
Back on the ground, they tallied the organisms, and the count was staggering: 20 percent of what they had assumed to be just dust or other particles was alive. Earth, it seems, is surrounded by a bubble of bacteria.
Now what? Read the whole story over at PopSci…
The oldest living thing in the world: These actinobacteria, recovered from the subterranean brrrrr-osphere that is Siberian permafrost, are estimated to be 500,000 years old. While many ancient microbes have been revived from ancient dormant states, these bacterial cells have been continuously living for half a million years. It’s known that the bacteria aren’t mobile in the frozen Earth, so by radioactively dating the layers of soil around the microbes, scientists were able to estimate their age.
Unable to divide and reproduce, these microbes were shown to be actively repairing their DNA despite the frigid temperatures, their enzymes uniquely adapted to an environment that would mean certain death for perhaps every other creature on Earth. While not growing, moving, or reproducing, this sort of cryostasis counts as living if you ask me (and the scientists who study them).
What do you think this means for the possibility of life on other planets?
School of Star Wars
Training to become a Jedi Knight doesn’t need to take your entire life, a few weekends a month is all you need to transcend the title of Padawan at the Golden Gate Knights facility in San Francisco, which teaches Light Saber techniques and choreography. Midiclorian documentation must be presented at the door.
(Photos: Jeff Chiu @ AP / via: NBC photoblog)
The presence of icosahedral symmetry among the capsids of certain viruses challenges the notion that nature is comprised of wild, smooth lines.