I did an article 21st August this year on NASA/Science finding Plankton have been found living on the exterior of the (ISS) International Space Station. I think we can say with 100% positivity life can and does find a way to survive in any environment we dare to look. Deep in the sea in small lava fishers, 1000’s of feet down in Ice on both poles. The article I did was astonishing as this one is https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/life-can-survive-in-the-vacuum-of-space-proven/ If live can survive in the vacuum of space then can we assume it is everywhere? How rude of us as a species to think we are the only life in a Universe that has TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS of Suns and TRILLIONS x TRILLIONS more planets and moons. Life also deep under the sea bed, under tons of ice then we can presume life is rife in our Universe. When we apply logic to any story we see the reality that we are shown. The implications on Religion I am unsure about. Surely if God created Man in his image and over 4 Million other species we can safely assume whoever created life or be it a fluke or chance, it is there, it is on Mars and was found on a comet earlier this year. To discover life can exist in the vacuum of space is one of the biggest Scientific discoveries in many generations of our species. https://acenewsdesk.wordpress.com/2014/11/21/organic-molecules-life-detected-by-philae-lander-on-comet-67p/ That article there is ‘Some’ form of life on Comet 67P that has been beamed back to Earth from the Philae lander
Life uncovered by the deepest-ever marine drilling expedition has been analysed by scientists. The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) found microbes living 2,400m beneath the seabed off Japan. The tiny, single-celled organisms survive in this harsh environment on a low-calorie diet of hydrocarbon compounds and have a very slow metabolism.
The findings are being presented at the America Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert, from the California Institute of Technology, who is part of the team that carried out the research, said: “We keep looking for life, and we keep finding it, and it keeps surprising us as to what it appears to be capable of.”
The IODP Expedition 337 took place in 2012 off the coast of Japan’s Shimokita Peninsula in the northwestern Pacific. From the Chikyu ship, a monster drill was set down more than 1,000m (3,000ft) beneath the waves, where it penetrated a record-breaking 2,446m (8,024ft) of rock under the seafloor.
Samples were taken from the ancient coal bed system that lies at this depth, and were returned to the ship for analysis. The team found that microbes, despite having no light, no oxygen, barely any water and very limited nutrients, thrived in the cores. To find out more about how this life from the “deep biosphere” survives, the researchers set up a series of experiments in which they fed the little, spherical organisms different compounds. Dr Trembath-Reichert said: “We chose these coal beds because we knew there was carbon, and we knew that this carbon was about as tasty to eat, when it comes to coal, as you could get for microbes. “The thought was that while there are some microbes that can eat compounds in coal directly, there may be smaller organic compounds – methane and other types of hydrocarbons – sourced from the coal that the microbes could eat as well.”
The experiments revealed that the microbes were indeed dining on these methyl compounds. The tests also showed that the organisms lived life in the slow lane, with an extremely sluggish metabolism. They seem to use as little energy as possible to get by.
Microbes discovered by deepest marine drill analysed: World News
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The researchers are now trying to work out if there are lots of different kinds of microbes living in the coal beds or whether there is one type that dominates. They also want to find out how the microbes got there in the first place. “Were these microbes just in a swamp, and loving life in a swamp, because there is all sorts of carbon available, oxygen, organic matter… and then that gets buried?” pondered Dr Trembath-Reichert. “It could be that they didn’t get a chance to escape – they couldn’t exactly walk out. So is it that they were there to begin with and then they could maintain life? “Or were they like microbes that were able to travel down to those depths from the surface?”
The discovery of vast ecosystems of microbes deeper and deeper underground is causing scientists to reassess the role that these organisms play in the carbon cycle. Because these organisms take in hydrocarbons and expel methane, a greenhouse gas, as a waste product, they may be having a greater impact on the system that governs the Earth’s climate than was previously thought. The findings also have implications for the hunt for life on other planets. If life can survive in the most extreme conditions on Earth, perhaps it has found a way to cope with harsh environments elsewhere in the cosmos.
Story Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30489814
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