Friday, August 24, 2007

Life on Mars? and Upset in Mexico

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From Drudge (developing, no link yet):
Martian soil may contain life
Thu Aug 23 2007 11:30:10 ET

The soil on Mars may contain microbial life!

Joop Houtkooper of the University of Giessen, Germany, will declare on Friday the Viking spacecraft may have found signs of a weird life form based on hydrogen peroxide on the subfreezing, arid Martian surface.

His analysis of one of the experiments carried out by the Viking spacecraft suggests that 0.1 percent of the Martian soil could be of biological origin.

That is roughly comparable to biomass levels found in some Antarctic permafrost, home to a range of hardy bacteria and lichen.


This (imo) would be a big deal, the first actual signs of life outside the Earth (even if it would be 'non-substantial' lifeforms).

Mexican lawmakers think that the US should be friendlier to illegals:
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican Senate committee passed a measure Wednesday urging President Felipe Calderon to send a diplomatic note to the United States protesting the deportation of an illegal migrant who took refuge in a Chicago church for a year.

The committee also approved a scholarship to help her 8-year-old U.S.-born son, Saul, who is an American citizen and stayed in the United States.

Elvira Arellano, 32, became an activist and a national symbol for illegal immigrant parents by defying her deportation order and speaking out from her sanctuary in the Adalberto United Methodist Church. She announced last week that she was leaving to try to lobby U.S. lawmakers for immigration reform.

On Sunday, shortly after she spoke at a rally in a Los Angeles church, she was arrested and deported to Tijuana, across the border from San Diego.

"We cannot remain quiet in view of this injustice and must ask for firm action from our authorities," Mexican Sen. Humberto Zazue said.


"For me it is very important that our government take a strong stand to defend all of us who decide to migrate to another country," she said. (link)

I wonder if she or any Geraldo-ite will ever be able to understand just exactly what that last quote says.

Six Meat Buffet has more on the story here.

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 Recently played a few games on Caldera (warzone) and then... Lots of luck in this one, but satisfying