SETI Re: [ASTRO] So? Which is it? Or are science reporters being silly again?


Larry Klaes (lklaes@bbn.com)
Tue, 06 Jul 1999 13:22:57 -0400


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>From: "Abel van Weerd en Piet Dekker" <acvwpcd@xs4all.nl>
>To: "Brian Nestel" <blast@aloha.net>, "CVA" <cvarc@earthlink.net>
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>Subject: Re: [ASTRO] So? Which is it? Or are science reporters being silly
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>Date: Sat, 3 Jul 1999 07:17:31 +0100
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>I have just read Paul Davies recent book: 'The Fifth Miracle - The Search
>for the Origin of Life'. It appears that 'life' (bacteria and other very
>ancient branches of the tree of life) is incredibly persistent, 'durable'
>and occupying every thinkable (and unthinkable) niche. "Claims" whether
>there is - or was - life on Europa are rather silly. One thing I have
>learned from Pual Davies book is, that it should be one of mankinds highest
>priorities to look for life where- and whenever we can. Most recommended
>reading !
>
>Abel van Weerd
>Amsterdam/Netherlands
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>> Van: Brian Nestel <blast@aloha.net>
>> Aan: CVA <cvarc@earthlink.net>
>> CC: astro@lists.mindspring.com
>> Onderwerp: Re: [ASTRO] So? Which is it? Or are science reporters being
>silly again?
>> Datum: vrijdag 2 juli 1999 20:38
>>
>>
>>
>> CVA wrote:
>> >
>> > How does the following item...
>> >
>> > http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/science/DailyNews/planets990630.html
>> >
>> > ...reconcile with the claim made a couple weeks ago, in this article...
>> >
>> > http://abcnews.go.com/sections/science/DailyNews/europa_990603.html
>> >
>> > ...that there can be no life on Europa?
>> >
>> > Huh? ...Well?
>>
>> > C l a u d i o V e l i z A r c h i t e c t
>> Hi:
>> I've also read articles that said that sunlight is not necessary to
>> support photosynthesis, that photons from heat are able to do it.
>> You could have a scenario where two tiny creatures are happily
>> turning green from heat by a volcanic vent and they obscenely get
>> stuck together and the next thing we have is the "Slime that took
>> over Washington" (not making a political statement but its tempting).
>> There is always going to be conflicting statements because of the
>> many people that are involved in the processes of investigation, you
>> have to remember that it is all conjecture, I think we'll find out
>> if there is life in other places when we get there, If they aren't
>> here already. Take a tour through the underbelly of any city and see
>> the many variations of our own lifeform, if mother nature can do
>> this with us, imagine what she can do elsewhere.
>> There
>> --
>> Aloha 159 30 W, 21 55 N
>> Brian Middle of the Pacific,
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