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Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own - David Toomey
Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own
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Science that sounds like science fiction.In recent years, scientists have hypothesized life-forms that can only be called "weird": organisms that live off acid rather than water, microbes that thrive at temperatures and pressure levels so extreme that their cellular structures should break down,... show more
Science that sounds like science fiction.In recent years, scientists have hypothesized life-forms that can only be called "weird": organisms that live off acid rather than water, microbes that thrive at temperatures and pressure levels so extreme that their cellular structures should break down, perhaps even organisms that reproduce without DNA. Some of these strange life-forms, unrelated to all life we know, might be nearby: on rock surfaces in the American southwest, hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor, or even in our own bodies. Some, stranger still, might live in Martian permafrost, swim in the dark oceans of Jupiter's moons, or survive in the exotic ices on comets.  Others--the strangest of all--might inhabit the crusts of neutron stars, interstellar nebulae, or even other spatial dimensions. In Weird Life, David Toomey takes us on a breathtaking tour of a universe of hypothetical life, a universe of life as we do not know it. 10 illustrations
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780393071580 (0393071588)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 268
Edition language: English
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'Weird Life' is an enjoyable book that allows access into a complex topic (Life in the Universe) for the layperson and this is largely accomplished by the jargon-free language in which it is written. It examines the possibility of 'weird' life on Earth itself before moving on to the rest of the Sola...
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3.0 Weird Life / David Toomey
In recent years, scientists at the frontiers of biology have hypothesized the existence of life-forms that can only be called “weird”: organisms that live off acid rather than water, microbes that thrive at temperatures and pressure levels so extreme that their cellular structures should break down,...
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