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A sensational claim that ESA’s Philae spacecraft has landed on a comet teeming with life doesn’t hold water.
I'd be curious to know what kind of life would be viable on a tiny ball of dirty ice that spends more of its time out past Jupiter than closer to our star.
Hey you never know
Absolutely, not until you look. But anything that survived such long periods of extreme temperature would probably be very simple and hardy.
Or incredibly awesome, and a little bit scary. Which is almost redundant, in my book.
Like the Seapig!
Heck yeah! Check out this cute little sack of sea-meat!
Or water bear!
These adorable little fuckers are indestructible.
I was expecting your link to direct me to this.
Seriously! The crazy fucks can survive a week in a vacuum!
It's absolutely amazing that these things are animals. That hardiness is usually characteristic of bacteria, but nope, tardigrades are bona fide Kingdom Animalia. That's insane.
Yeah the media dropped the ball pretty hard on this one. But with news agencies essentially just copy-pasting each others stories these days without any fact checking. It's a problem that's not going to go away any time soon.
I couldn't agree more. I'm fine if the entertainment section of news wants to wildly speculate on "maybes". But I'd prefer for science sections to slow down and take stock before making wild claims.
Well, that's a relief. No transcendent smart grey matter is always a plus.