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Signs of current life on Mars?

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Great, we go millions of miles to do cutting edge research

on aliens farting. Dave you're supposed to be promoting science here.


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Hey according to Frederik Pohl, methane is a life sign

From the Gateway books.

Something like........

Methane in the atmosphere is a reliable indication of aniaml life. Afterall, 80% of the methane in the earth's atmosphere is from cow farts.

Good grief it's been a long time since I read those books. Wonder if there were anymore in the sequence I missed and what happened to old Robin Broad (or something like that?) after he met the Henchee?



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and if Dave Barry were still writing his column...

he would surely write about ("and I'm not making this up") exploding Martians...


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ni+fe+co2+h to crreate methane

nickel-iron alloys catalyzes a normally very slow reaction between carbon dioxide and hydrogen to create the methane.

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(NT) (NT) Speaking English, you would say...
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'xactly as he said it...

although the most common "source" of methane is regarded usually organic or life forms, it is possible to form methane through inorganic chemical reactions between nickel, iron, hydrogen and other chemicals. Whether the methane traces found by the Mars rovers shows life or simple chemistry is yet to be determined.


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(NT) (NT) In other words, the martians are farting :)
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Well, in that case Steve

I would say it must be one big stinking place up there.Sad


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"Well, in that case Steve

I would say it must be one big stinking place up there."

Well, since there is supposely no atmosphere, how is your flippant response possible?

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"flippant response"??????

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