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Wednesday, January 28, 2004



Scientists Find Martian Bacteria in Australia

Possible nanobacteria.
Possible nanobacteria.
Credit: NASA
A few years ago, headlines screamed "LIFE ON MARS" and trumpeted the discovery of bacteria in a Martian meteorite. Today, scientists announced that they have discovered a terrestrial analog to the potential nanobacteria. The Australians announced that they had discovered the first bacteria with same type of magnetic structure ever seen. Before this discovery, along with the very controversial nanometer size, the find had been relegated to the "maybe-but-probably-not" category. While this new find is certainly not proof, many hope that it will legitimize the case for Martian bacteria and force sample-return missions to Mars, possibly even manned, to prove the case.

(More info: News.com.au)


- posted by Brian @ 21:50 EST