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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Weird science stuff

Here's a story about bacteria that derive their energy from the earth's radiation, rather than the sun. Cool, in that way that's like... the opposite of cool.


The first known organisms that live totally independently of the sun have been discovered deep in a South African gold mine.

The bacteria exist without the benefit of photosynthesis by harvesting the energy of natural radioactivity to create food for themselves. Similar life forms may exist on other planets, experts speculate.

The bacteria live in ancient water trapped in a crack in basalt rock, 3 to 4 kilometres down. Scientists from Princeton University in New Jersey, US, and colleagues analysed water from the fissure after it was penetrated by a narrow exploratory shaft in the Mponeng gold mine near Johannesburg, South Africa. The shaft was then closed.


Blogger Chamomiles Davis said...

"Hey, that just leaves more for me." --Superman

12:36 PM  

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