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  •  True but (15+ / 0-)

    that wouldn't exactly be earthshaking now would it?

    "crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government" -Thomas Jefferson

    by Phil In Denver on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:57:42 PM PST

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    •  well, it would be, for the scientists (10+ / 0-)

      and NASA people. Viking landers in the 1970s were searching for organic molecules, so it's been many decades now. Curiosity has some new way of heating samples that doesn't "trigger" perchlorates, which destroys complex organic molecules.

      from tonight's Wired story, "Curiosity Rover’s Secret Historic Breakthrough? Speculation Centers on Organic Molecules":

      “If it’s going in the history books, organic material is what I expect,” says planetary scientist Peter Smith from the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Smith is formerly the principal investigator on a previous Mars mission, the Phoenix lander, which touched down at the Martian North Pole in 2008. “It may be just a hint, but even a hint would be exciting.”
    •  People are jumping way ahead of themselves (3+ / 0-)
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      here thinking that this means they found life, past or present.  The last "earthshaking" discoveries from NASA were two pertaining to there being water on Mars and one related to a type of bacteria on Earth using arsenic instead of phosphorus (which later turned out not to be true).

      Honestly, there's some pretty fascinating stuff about Mars having nothing to do with life.  Here's one of my favorites: it seems likely that Mars built and detonated a natural, 23 petaton (23 billion megaton) nuclear bomb a few hundred million years ago.

      •  Maybe they found a wet blanket. I just did. JK! :) (0+ / 0-)

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        by VT ConQuest on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 03:33:15 AM PST

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