Alright. NASA’s website was supposed to stream their big announcement live, but (I’m guessing due to the traffic) it wasn’t working. Everything I found post-announcement was pretty much what I’d expected:
A: Finding some unusual life form in a California lake can absolutely be turned into a discussion about potential extraterrestrial life.
and B: NASA’s scientists are just as neurotic and dull now as they’ve always been OR they just have that one weird guy they truck out to publicity things. I’d bet on the former.
I’m not going to rehash the whole thing for the three of you, that’s what google is for. It is, in fact, old news. This unclassified thing was initially found in 2007 and mentioned in some publications, but naturally required 3 years of testing before anything “official” could be stated. Science! That’s why I’m in art studio now.
Anyway, the big deal is that its DNA is arsenic-based instead of phosphorus-based like everything else we know. It’s interesting, but what really floored me was how this somehow got turned into an alien life announcement. As though we only needed proof of something different on earth to start speculating about martians. I always figured that any existing alien life would be radically different, probably made of elements we don’t even know about yet. And why this even needed overblown speculation about aliens……..
NASA needs money, apparently.
Anyway, Axolotls. They are awesome.