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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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