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Re: USGS and NASA scientists to speak about Mono Lake

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avatar USGS and NASA scientists to speak about Mono Lake
April 25, 2011 04:11PM
Ever since NASA broke the news in December about the discovery of a bacterium from Mono Lake that appears to use arsenic in place of phosphorous, we’ve been talking fairly often with Dr. Ron Oremland, one of the lead scientists from the US Geological Survey working on the team. He has studied Mono Lake for decades and knows its microbes and chemistry well.

http://www.monolake.org/today/2011/04/25/usgs-and-nasa-scientists-to-speak-about-mono-lake/
avatar Re: USGS and NASA scientists to speak about Mono Lake
April 25, 2011 06:44PM
Very interesting. We were discussing this in organic chemistry last week.



http://www.flickr.com/photos/dqniel/
Re: USGS and NASA scientists to speak about Mono Lake
April 30, 2011 08:36AM
So it replaces Phosphorus with Arsenic? Interesting.

Back in the 1960′s Isaac Asimov wrote a science essay where he called Phosphorus “Life’s Bottleneck.” Nowadays the trendy term is “Peak Phosphorus.”
Perhaps Arsenic life will replace Phosphorus life when Phosphorus becomes scarce.
Re: USGS and NASA scientists to speak about Mono Lake
April 30, 2011 12:00PM
I wonder how many other lakes have aliens.
Re: USGS and NASA scientists to speak about Mono Lake
April 30, 2011 04:52PM
I wish I could have attended. Did anybody make the talk?
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