I have a friend in the plant business here in Broome whose specialty is lichens…from NZ. They really are a survivor.
Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
This video is about lichens.
Translated from Griet Nijs’ Dutch in Belgium:
Life on Mars after all?
Message from Natuurpunt Study (Belgium) on Tuesday, April 3, 2012
For many years, science has been asking itself whether there is life on Mars. In an attempt to finally get out of this impasse, researchers have exposed several lichens to space conditions and have monitored whether they survived. The results are at least surprising.
Research into life on Mars is not new. During the last twenty years, it has been proved several times that prokaryotes, cells without nuclei such as bacteria, can survive under simulated or real space conditions. They can survive a high dose of UV radiation, extreme temperatures and even vacuums. Some prokaryotes would even survive the extreme conditions on Mars.
Over the past decade there were also the first experiments with eukaryotes, organisms with a more developed…
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