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Author Topic: New Super-Earth Detected Within the Habitable Zone of a Nearby Cool Star  (Read 3793 times)

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Re: New Super-Earth Detected Within the Habitable Zone of a Nearby Cool Star
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2012, 06:14:34 pm »
Quote from: Dragonoake;41912
I'm not so sure about Titan. It clearly has plenty of complex hydrocarbons, but I suspect any organism that thrives in Titan's surface environment would stretch the definition of "life as we know it"

 
I read that last bit, and the first thing that popped into my head was a verse from the song Star-Trekkin--"It's life, Jim, but not as we know it/not as we know it/not as we know it, Jim"

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Re: New Super-Earth Detected Within the Habitable Zone of a Nearby Cool Star
« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2012, 08:01:41 am »
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I read that last bit, and the first thing that popped into my head was a verse from the song Star-Trekkin--"It's life, Jim, but not as we know it/not as we know it/not as we know it, Jim"..


Well, that's the thing. A silicon-based organism would be so different from anything we have ever seen that we might not even realize it was a life form.
Or ... It could exist in an environment so different from ours (say Venus) that we would never thing to look for life there.

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