Nope, we haven't found life on another planet


23 Responses to “Nope, we haven't found life on another planet”

  1. cratermoon says:

    This article In Chemistry World from August 2008 confirms this is old news:

    Unless there are truly new findings that haven’t been picked up on by the non-scientific mainstream press.

  2. zax says:

    That has to be one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, and adds to my joy at reading boingboing on a constant basis. For a writer to apologise for being overly excitable and biting at bait better left alone makes this place seem all the more human and brilliant. Thank you for helping to make this one of best places to hang out on the internet. Oh and I would say happily continue to bite at bait if when you are misled your apologies are as soulful and well written.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Well I’m (like everyone) will be interested in what gets shown tomorrow.

    I can’t see that they’ll release info regarding Arsenic-Metabolizing Bacteria in an Extreme Environment; As they already posted that 3 years ago :

  4. facetedjewel says:

    A pink-skinned cousin of the Asgard?

  5. benbos says:

    I was too much of a pessimist to really get that excited about the NASA announcement, but thanks for the links for Embargo Watch.

  6. musicman says:

    Maggie, there’s nothing wrong with passionate excitement, bring it on. Apologising and clarifying after the event makes it all worth while (presuming what you are passionately excited about doesn’t cause ppl harm).

  7. johnnyb says:

    NASA: Never A Straight Answer!

  8. Anonymous says:

    “I know something I won’t tell I won’t tell I know something I won’t tell nyah nyah nyah-nyah”

  9. Jardine says:

    Poor Thor. Looks like he’s got a nasty skin condition.

  10. W. James Au says:

    It’s really NASA’s fault for wording the original press release the way they did, it inevitably caused geek propellers to spin at hypersonic speeds. If they wanted to keep things chill they should have been way more muted and said nothing about “the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life”. Of course if they did that, no one would have given a shit about the press conference.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Under promise, over deliver.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Have we at least found death on another plant?

  13. Jack says:

    It would be funny if all of the TSA screening and diddling is really some clandestine preparations for an alien take-over.

  14. deckard68 says:

    NASA is like the boy who cried wolf when it comes to announcements about alien life.

    I guess this is a little bit better than their usual alternating announcements of “water on the moon!” and “no water on the moon!”.

  15. Noobles says:

    @12 yeah that’s what I feared.

    Like WTF they announced this 3 years ago!

  16. Chris Tucker says:

    There’s actually a transcript!

    “The stars have come right. God help us all!”

  17. Jonathan Badger says:

    Come on! Announcing Mono Lake *again*? I mean, I’m a microbial ecologist myself, so I like the media to acknowledge that the field exists, but really — that was published in 2008.

  18. planettom says:

    I’m holding out for the announcement with video footage that the space station has been taken over by that naked space vampire from LIFEFORCE.

  19. Jesse M. says:

    The finding may actually be more exciting than the dailymail article suggests…rather than just a new type of bacteria that survives in extreme conditions, this gizmodo article suggests its basic biochemistry is fundamentally different from all other types of life:

    At their conference today, NASA scientist Felisa Wolfe Simon will announce that they have found a bacteria whose DNA is completely alien to what we know today. Instead of using phosphorus, the bacteria uses arsenic. All life on Earth is made of six components: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. Every being, from the smallest amoeba to the largest whale, share the same life stream. Our DNA blocks are all the same.

    But not this one. This one is completely different. Discovered in the poisonous Mono Lake, California, this bacteria is made of arsenic, something that was thought to be completely impossible. While she and other scientists theorized that this could be possible, this is the first discovery.

  20. Halloween Jack says:

    Just because NASA hasn’t found life on other planets doesn’t mean that we haven’t found you.

  21. Anonymous says:

    This is not so much surprised news .life exist another planet possible.
    Cosmic world eye found some life planet .may be one day it will be possible
    To finding a alien life.

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