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NASA finds life unlike anything ever recorded on Earth

12.02.2010

At a 2pm EST press conference later today, NASA is expected to announce that they have found an alien life form on Earth, in a lake in California (of all places). Now before you go wrapping tinfoil around your head and holing up in a makeshift bunker with a rifle and an AM radio, the life form is a simple bacteria and it's being described as "alien" not like the blue-light special aliens of SKYLINE but more in the basic sense of the word: An organism that appears in a region to which it is not native. UPDATE - As BojacRedleif points out below in the comments, NASA has not yet confirmed the bacteria is technically "alien" but are expected to speak more to its origins later today.

UPDATE 2: "The idea of alternative biochemistries for life is common in science fiction. Until now a life form using arsenic as a building block was only theoretical, but now we know such life exists in Mono Lake." - Carl Pilcher, director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute. I won't even begin to try and explain this further, but if you're interested, head to NASA's website to read more about it.

So why do I share this with you? Has Steven Spielberg already optioned the life rights to the bacteria. No, not yet but this is truly science fiction come true. I'll spare you the nerdy details but all Earthlings are made up of six basic elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. This new bacteria replaces phosphorus with arsenic, something that has never been seen before. It obviously proves that forms of life radically different than humans exist in our universe and, well, may be on their way here to battle for supremacy and suck our brains out.

Details on exactly how NASA came to find and document this new lifeform will be revealed later today and we'll update accordingly. But if you've seen HUBBLE 3D, you know just how mindbendingly large the universe is and with this new discovery, it's hard not to think that movies we once thought of as science fiction could soon become science....non-fiction?

Now if someone will just release Godzilla off Monster Island so he can battle these new-fangled Crab People, we can move on with our life.

Extra Tidbit: Remember, eep-opp-ork-ah-ah, means "I love you" in alien.
Source: Gizmodo

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9:48AM on 12/03/2010
That wasn't an alien life form, that was my Uncle Charlie going for a swim.
That wasn't an alien life form, that was my Uncle Charlie going for a swim.
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8:25PM on 12/02/2010

Fringe science indeed

I have the sneaking suspicion that we are catching up with J.J. Abrams' technologically advanced alternate universe. Now all we need is the shape shifting gadgets to go with it.
I have the sneaking suspicion that we are catching up with J.J. Abrams' technologically advanced alternate universe. Now all we need is the shape shifting gadgets to go with it.
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4:34PM on 12/02/2010
Damn you JoBlo! Now I have the eep-opp-ork-ah-ah song stuck in my head! AHHHH
Damn you JoBlo! Now I have the eep-opp-ork-ah-ah song stuck in my head! AHHHH
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2:57PM on 12/02/2010
I just saw the live NASA press-conference.. Where were the Crab People?? This is all very disappointing .. lol
I just saw the live NASA press-conference.. Where were the Crab People?? This is all very disappointing .. lol
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2:53PM on 12/02/2010

Misleading, but cool

It wasn't discovered that way, they replaced phosphorus with arsenic in the lab. For more info: [link]
It wasn't discovered that way, they replaced phosphorus with arsenic in the lab. For more info: [link]
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6:57PM on 12/02/2010
Not exactly, but, yeah, it's a bit of a disappointment: we've gone from "NASA discovers alien life" to "NASA discovers new form of life" to "NASA discovers bacteria that can breathe arsenic". Well, this was on the Discovery Channel already. Major let down. The only fact that is interesting is that we now know that life can exist without phosphorus. Whatever.
Not exactly, but, yeah, it's a bit of a disappointment: we've gone from "NASA discovers alien life" to "NASA discovers new form of life" to "NASA discovers bacteria that can breathe arsenic". Well, this was on the Discovery Channel already. Major let down. The only fact that is interesting is that we now know that life can exist without phosphorus. Whatever.
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2:48PM on 12/02/2010
Amazing discovery.
Amazing discovery.
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1:16PM on 12/02/2010
That's...just wild!

Gods beyond, I HOPE this means what it could mean...
That's...just wild!

Gods beyond, I HOPE this means what it could mean...
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12:52PM on 12/02/2010
Great to see JoBlo branch out to exobiology!
Great to see JoBlo branch out to exobiology!
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12:12PM on 12/02/2010

We're Doomed.

Hopefully it's not in the shape of an owl.
Hopefully it's not in the shape of an owl.
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11:51AM on 12/02/2010

Ladies and gentlemen, the time hath come

Ba weep gra na weep ninny bong.
Ba weep gra na weep ninny bong.
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11:40AM on 12/02/2010

Universal greeting

Ba weep gra na weep ninny bon.
Ba weep gra na weep ninny bon.
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11:52AM on 12/02/2010
Shit man, we definitely hive-minded on this one.
Shit man, we definitely hive-minded on this one.
1:38PM on 12/02/2010
Lol both of u get a thumbs up, I don't think anybody caught on.
Lol both of u get a thumbs up, I don't think anybody caught on.
11:38AM on 12/02/2010
"An organism that appears in a region to which it is not native."

So... it's an immigrant?
"An organism that appears in a region to which it is not native."

So... it's an immigrant?
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11:36AM on 12/02/2010
Welcome to EARTH!

*punch*
Welcome to EARTH!

*punch*
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11:34AM on 12/02/2010
Now thats what I call a close encounter.

This is cool.
Now thats what I call a close encounter.

This is cool.
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11:08AM on 12/02/2010

Pfft...

I would've been more excited had it not come from Earth. I'm not entirely sure why Nasa is involved at all with this ... Just another previously undiscovered life form, as far as I'm concerned.
I would've been more excited had it not come from Earth. I'm not entirely sure why Nasa is involved at all with this ... Just another previously undiscovered life form, as far as I'm concerned.
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3:11PM on 12/02/2010
NASA only financed the project.
NASA only financed the project.
10:44AM on 12/02/2010
Arsenic based life form? So they found my ex-wife?

HEY-OOHHH!!!
Arsenic based life form? So they found my ex-wife?

HEY-OOHHH!!!
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5:32PM on 12/02/2010
You owe me a new laptop. I just spit beer all over this one.
You owe me a new laptop. I just spit beer all over this one.
10:26AM on 12/02/2010

Double post

Wow. This is embarassing. When an article on Joblo says that NASA has discovered a "new form of life" I expect it to be a new form of life and not just a bacterium that evolved to breathe arsenic. So where can I go to get accurate science information now that I know that this site isn't the place to go for that sort of thing? ;)
Wow. This is embarassing. When an article on Joblo says that NASA has discovered a "new form of life" I expect it to be a new form of life and not just a bacterium that evolved to breathe arsenic. So where can I go to get accurate science information now that I know that this site isn't the place to go for that sort of thing? ;)
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10:21AM on 12/02/2010

This is not entirely news

This was mentioned on the Discovery channel a while back. They said that they had found a bacterium that grew in arsenic. Now, if the bacterium uses arsenic instead of phosphorus then it does count as "alien" in the sense that phosphorus is one of the elements that makes up DNA [link] and all life on Earth contains DNA, right? Wrong. Textbooks will need to be rewritten. And, yeah, it does mean that life started on Earth TWICE because there's no way, apparently, that an arsenic breathing
This was mentioned on the Discovery channel a while back. They said that they had found a bacterium that grew in arsenic. Now, if the bacterium uses arsenic instead of phosphorus then it does count as "alien" in the sense that phosphorus is one of the elements that makes up DNA [link] and all life on Earth contains DNA, right? Wrong. Textbooks will need to be rewritten. And, yeah, it does mean that life started on Earth TWICE because there's no way, apparently, that an arsenic breathing life form could evolve from an oxygen breathing life form. Just wouldn't happen.
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7:04PM on 12/02/2010
"Just wouldn't happen." Apparently it could.
"Just wouldn't happen." Apparently it could.
10:19AM on 12/02/2010
Better call Will Smith.
Better call Will Smith.
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10:18AM on 12/02/2010

12-21-2012

this organism will no doubt cause the end of our world as we know it on Dec. 21, 2012.
this organism will no doubt cause the end of our world as we know it on Dec. 21, 2012.
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11:37AM on 12/02/2010
Either that, or it'll get a job writing scripts in Hollywood.
Either that, or it'll get a job writing scripts in Hollywood.
10:13AM on 12/02/2010

Hmmm...

I'd check with Sarah Palin on this, it might be Jesus.
I'd check with Sarah Palin on this, it might be Jesus.
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11:36AM on 12/02/2010
Somebody should probably tell her it's made out of a type of meat that God made especially delicious.
Somebody should probably tell her it's made out of a type of meat that God made especially delicious.
10:09AM on 12/02/2010

Not for nothing...

but unless they say that it specifically didn't come from Earth, it isn't alien. (It's still from Earth, thus a native) It's just different, but that's just me being picky.

Cool thread bro.
but unless they say that it specifically didn't come from Earth, it isn't alien. (It's still from Earth, thus a native) It's just different, but that's just me being picky.

Cool thread bro.
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10:17AM on 12/02/2010
right. if not from earth, then extraterrestrial
right. if not from earth, then extraterrestrial
2:50PM on 12/02/2010
No you're right. Unless they can prove it does not originate on Earth, the fact it is radically different from life as we knew it so far doesn't make it alien.
No you're right. Unless they can prove it does not originate on Earth, the fact it is radically different from life as we knew it so far doesn't make it alien.
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