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"The Thing": A 140,000-Year-Old Organism Discovered in Antarctica's Ice-Shrouded Lake Vostok


Science & Tech  (tags: Ancient Organism, Antarctica, environment, science )

Anna
- 1343 days ago - dailygalaxy.com
An ancient living laboratory of our planet's past in Antarctica may have provided a preview of what we can expect to find deep below the barren surface of Mars and in the ice-shrouded seas of Jupiter's Europa. Two of the world's leading experts on life...



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Shirley S. (176)
Friday April 22, 2011, 12:40 am
Amazing!
 

NICKY MELVILLE (119)
Friday April 22, 2011, 1:30 am
Thanks Anna! Another totally amazing post!
 

Carol Cowbrough (95)
Friday April 22, 2011, 3:23 am
Noted. Thank you.
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday April 22, 2011, 4:27 am
noted, thanks Anna
 

Mike S. (86)
Friday April 22, 2011, 5:16 am
Fascinating article. Thank you Anna.
 

Mary L. (138)
Friday April 22, 2011, 6:42 am
In a way it's kind of sad it was discovered.
 

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Friday April 22, 2011, 6:50 am
Preservation of a kind...so fascinating.....noted with thanks.
 

Stella AWAY W. (258)
Friday April 22, 2011, 7:24 am
Thanks Anna - WOW, our beautiful and amazing planet!!!
 

Emily F. (0)
Friday April 22, 2011, 7:27 am
Truly incredible and very exciting! Thank you.
 

Regina P. (79)
Friday April 22, 2011, 8:26 am
Noted. This is really amazing how this has been here for sooooooo long. Thanks Anna
 

Veronika Sadilkova (10)
Friday April 22, 2011, 8:50 am
Very interesting. Thank you.
 

Gvapo T. (22)
Friday April 22, 2011, 10:43 am
amazing and definitely worth reading :)
 

Brenda Towers (0)
Friday April 22, 2011, 11:09 am
Wow! Thanks for sharing.
 

Mary T. (185)
Friday April 22, 2011, 12:57 pm
Very interesting thanks Anna.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 22, 2011, 1:07 pm
Noted. Thanks Anna. Amazing what life can live in.
 

Watchtower Maya (3)
Friday April 22, 2011, 2:17 pm
Great Article Anna. Thanks
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Friday April 22, 2011, 2:50 pm
Finding this is amazing but hope it doesn't come to life bearing an uncontrolled virus, or something airborne.
 

Janyce S. (12)
Friday April 22, 2011, 3:21 pm
Very interesting
Thanks
 

Roger Garin-michaud (114)
Friday April 22, 2011, 5:04 pm
great news thanks
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday April 22, 2011, 5:09 pm
Very interesting article.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Friday April 22, 2011, 5:27 pm
'Who goes there?'
Here's hoping this microbe doesn't turn people into 'carrot men' that infect their fellows, or Shoggoths...

Good research on early life forms and their ruggedness!
 

Elle Dee (0)
Friday April 22, 2011, 5:58 pm
That's really neat!
 

L X (529)
Friday April 22, 2011, 6:41 pm
I hope we don't wreck this place before we even find out what else is there.
 

William Y. (54)
Friday April 22, 2011, 6:47 pm
Very interesting
 

Sheila D. (26)
Friday April 22, 2011, 7:03 pm
Amazing! Thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 22, 2011, 7:24 pm
Thank you for this very interesting article. Did they indicate whether they had any intention of "core drilling" and obtaining a sample and thereby possibly identifying said organism? That would be extremely interesting to all scientific communities. Thanks for the great read. Noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 22, 2011, 10:41 pm
TY
 

Cindy C. (125)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 2:31 am
OH WOW JUST FASCINATING AND I DO LOVE THE COLOURS TOO
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 3:34 am
ANOTHER REASON GLOBAL WARMING NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED OR THESE DISCOVERIES WON'T BE DISCOVERED!!
 

William R. (20)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 3:54 am
Very interesting, global warming and what it will release that was frozen so many millions of years ago. Will it benefit humans or will it be planet changing?
 

Walter Firth (45)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 4:39 am
Noted thanks for posting Anna .It is possible the creature is lurking down there,wait till investigators start disappearing.
 

Walter Firth (45)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 4:42 am
 

Justin M. (2)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 5:38 am
Noted
 

Nancy Kirk (0)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 12:04 pm
Very interesting. Thanks Anna.
nek
 

Ellen G. (0)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 12:08 pm
Thank you.
 

Danny Wilson (26)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 1:17 pm
That frozen moon probable has life too then, sorry I forgot it's name.
 

Dana W. (9)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 1:55 pm
Interesting! thanks
 

Robert O. (12)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 4:41 pm
Wow!
 

John D. (45)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 5:02 pm
Good article, thank you for sharing...
 

Sue Matheson (76)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 5:36 pm
double wow.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Saturday April 23, 2011, 8:04 pm
Isn't life amazing! Just wait till we get out there to other worlds. I am sure every world will have something that will eventually become to be called alive.
 

gerlinde p. (161)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 12:16 am
very interesting article, thanks
 

Renee A. (4)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 6:43 am
amazing..thank you for this informative article
 

Lindsey Williams (234)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 7:29 am
wow thanks for sharing
 

ewoud k. (73)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 7:53 am
Amazing & interesting.

But now mankind has decovered it.... it may not live on much longer, and it's environment with it....
 

Sue M. (0)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 12:02 pm
noted
 

Brad Kraus (6)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 4:02 pm
I hope that their implication of how this could exist elsewhere will provoke thought about whether extraterrestrial water should be used for mankind's exploration of space. Who knows what could be destroyed.
 

Bonnie B. (103)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 6:30 pm
Very interesting! Thank you. I read recently that all the water on the Earth was brought here by comets, etc. No new water has been brought since that time, what we got. we got. Now I wonder if the seeds of life are also distributed in this way. Are comets and other roaming bits of the Universe, the bees, the "pollinators" of planets?
 

Anne F. (17)
Sunday April 24, 2011, 9:28 pm
Good find - paper was published in 2004
 

. (0)
Monday April 25, 2011, 12:34 am
So?
 
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