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Post by orin stepanek » Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:38 pm

My Son believes that Earth is the only place place where there is life anywhere! I told him with all the suns in the galaxy; & all the galaxies in the universe; I find that hard to believe! But, I don't know if we will ever find out for sure! Who knows; we might be the seed of life on other worlds; or we may be the product of someone else's seed!
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Re: Life

Post by Chris Peterson » Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:49 pm

orin stepanek wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:38 pm
My Son believes that Earth is the only place place where there is life anywhere! I told him with all the suns in the galaxy; & all the galaxies in the universe; I find that hard to believe! But, I don't know if we will ever find out for sure! Who knows; we might be the seed of life on other worlds; or we may be the product of someone else's seed!
Given the ease with which life apparently formed here, and the large number of planets that must be similar to Earth, it is hard to imagine how life could be anything but fairly common. But for most of the time life has existed on Earth, it was nothing but single celled organisms, with little diversity. We were a pond scum planet.

For me, the more interesting question involves complex life. Multicellular organisms that compete fiercely and drive evolutionary explosions of diversity. The conditions that allow for that might be much less common.
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Re: Life

Post by neufer » Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:43 pm

Chris Peterson wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:49 pm

Given the ease with which life apparently formed here, and the large number of planets that must be similar to Earth, it is hard to imagine how life could be anything but fairly common. But for most of the time life has existed on Earth, it was nothing but single celled organisms, with little diversity. We were a pond scum planet.
  • Algae (i.e., pond scum) needed to first apply 'cosmetic rouge'
    in order to kelp encourage the algae next door to fūcus:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algae wrote:
<<Algae is an informal term for a large and diverse group of photosynthetic eukaryotic organisms. It is a polyphyletic grouping that includes species from multiple distinct clades. Included organisms range from unicellular microalgae, such as Chlorella and the diatoms, to multicellular forms, such as the giant kelp, a large brown alga which may grow up to 50 metres in length.

The singular alga is the Latin word for 'seaweed' and retains that meaning in English. The etymology is obscure. Although some speculate that it is related to Latin algēre, 'be cold', no reason is known to associate seaweed with temperature. A more likely source is alliga, 'binding, entwining'.

The Ancient Greek word for 'seaweed' was φῦκος (phŷkos), which could mean either the seaweed (probably red algae) or a red dye derived from it. The Latinization, fūcus, meant primarily the cosmetic rouge. The etymology is uncertain, but a strong candidate has long been some word related to the Biblical פוך (pūk), 'paint' (if not that word itself), a cosmetic eye-shadow used by the ancient Egyptians and other inhabitants of the eastern Mediterranean. It could be any color: black, red, green, or blue. The name fucus appears in a number of taxa.>>
Chris Peterson wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:49 pm

For me, the more interesting question involves complex life. Multicellular organisms that compete fiercely and drive evolutionary explosions of diversity. The conditions that allow for that might be much less common.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multicellular_organism#Origin_hypotheses wrote:
<<Multicellularity has evolved independently at least 25 times in eukaryotes, and also in some prokaryotes, like cyanobacteria, myxobacteria, actinomycetes, Magnetoglobus multicellularis or Methanosarcina. However, complex multicellular organisms evolved only in six eukaryotic groups: animals, fungi, brown algae, red algae, green algae, and land plants. It evolved repeatedly for Chloroplastida (green algae and land plants), once or twice for animals, once for brown algae, three times in the fungi (chytrids, ascomycetes and basidiomycetes) and perhaps several times for slime molds and red algae. The first evidence of multicellularity is from cyanobacteria-like organisms that lived 3–3.5 billion years ago. To reproduce, true multicellular organisms must solve the problem of regenerating a whole organism from germ cells (i.e., sperm and egg cells). Animals have evolved a considerable diversity of cell types in a multicellular body (100–150 different cell types), compared with 10–20 in plants and fungi.>>
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Re: Life

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:17 pm

I think we already contaminated some of the solar system with life. All they need now is favorable growing conditions! A few million years; and Walla! JMO. :mrgreen:
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Re: Life

Post by Ann » Sat Feb 20, 2021 2:52 pm

orin stepanek wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:17 pm
I think we already contaminated some of the solar system with life. All they need now is favorable growing conditions! A few million years; and Walla! JMO. :mrgreen:


Yes, who knows what some dandruff can do on Mars or on Titan? :wink:

And who's to say that our probes didn't accidentally bring along a few tardigrades, too? :D

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Re: Life

Post by Chris Peterson » Sat Feb 20, 2021 2:59 pm

orin stepanek wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:17 pm
I think we already contaminated some of the solar system with life. All they need now is favorable growing conditions! A few million years; and Walla! JMO. :mrgreen:
It's really, really unlikely that any living things we've accidentally brought along on our probes could survive long. The concern is that they could confuse the sensitive instruments intended to look for local organics.
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Re: Life

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:09 pm

Chris Peterson wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 2:59 pm
orin stepanek wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:17 pm
I think we already contaminated some of the solar system with life. All they need now is favorable growing conditions! A few million years; and Walla! JMO. :mrgreen:
It's really, really unlikely that any living things we've accidentally brought along on our probes could survive long. The concern is that they could confuse the sensitive instruments intended to look for local organics.
How true Chris; but we will never know!
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Re: Life

Post by Chris Peterson » Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:17 pm

orin stepanek wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:09 pm
Chris Peterson wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 2:59 pm
orin stepanek wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:17 pm
I think we already contaminated some of the solar system with life. All they need now is favorable growing conditions! A few million years; and Walla! JMO. :mrgreen:
It's really, really unlikely that any living things we've accidentally brought along on our probes could survive long. The concern is that they could confuse the sensitive instruments intended to look for local organics.
How true Chris; but we will never know!
Unless a tardigrade crawls under the microscope, of course.
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Re: Life

Post by orin stepanek » Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:24 pm

Chris Peterson wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:17 pm
orin stepanek wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:09 pm
Chris Peterson wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 2:59 pm


It's really, really unlikely that any living things we've accidentally brought along on our probes could survive long. The concern is that they could confuse the sensitive instruments intended to look for local organics.
How true Chris; but we will never know!
Unless a tardigrade crawls under the microscope, of course.
+1; 😁
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Re: Life

Post by neufer » Sat Feb 20, 2021 4:52 pm

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Chris Peterson wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:17 pm
orin stepanek wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:09 pm
Chris Peterson wrote:
Sat Feb 20, 2021 2:59 pm


It's really, really unlikely that any living things we've accidentally brought along on our probes could survive long. The concern is that they could confuse the sensitive instruments intended to look for local organics.
How true Chris; but we will never know!
Unless a tardigrade crawls under the microscope, of course.
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