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Mon May 30, 2022, 06:25 PM

This 830-million-year-old crystal might contain life. And we're about to open it.



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830-million-year-old salt crystals originally found in central Australia might be the inhabits for microorganisms. A research team is ready to open the crystals and find out what is inside.

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This 830-million-year-old crystal might contain life. And we're about to open it
A recent study in the journal Geology finds microorganisms trapped in an 830-million-year-old salt crystal. The researchers say it might still be alive.
10:10 PM · May 24, 2022


https://www.npr.org/2022/05/24/1100972368/830-million-year-old-salt-crystal-microscopic-life-study-discovery

From lemons to ham, salt is a handy food preservative. But researchers studying some really old salt crystals found them preserving something else — evidence of life.

"There are little cubes of the original liquid from which that salt grew. And the surprise for us is that we also saw shapes that are consistent with what we would expect from microorganisms," said Kathy Benison, a geologist at West Virginia University. "And they could be still surviving within that 830-million-year-old preserved microhabitat."

The salt crystals (aka halite) that Benison and her team studied were originally found in central Australia. Benison was part of the team that published these findings in the journal Geology.

This video of a different salt crystal shows how the liquid looks when moving inside.





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Reply This 830-million-year-old crystal might contain life. And we're about to open it. (Original post)
Nevilledog May 30 OP
sunonmars May 30 #1
Delmette2.0 May 30 #19
Samrob May 30 #2
grumpyduck May 30 #3
Effete Snob May 30 #14
Karadeniz May 30 #4
highplainsdem May 30 #5
KarenS May 30 #6
Effete Snob May 30 #7
tenderfoot May 30 #8
ret5hd May 30 #9
Nittersing May 30 #10
canetoad May 30 #12
Goonch May 30 #11
Kid Berwyn May 30 #13
maxrandb May 30 #15
Midnight Writer May 30 #16
Ilsa May 30 #17
edbermac May 30 #18
BumRushDaShow May 30 #20
sakabatou May 30 #21
Kaleva May 30 #22
DFW May 30 #23
sdfernando May 30 #24
Thunderbeast May 30 #25
Takket May 30 #26
Xolodno May 30 #27

Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:27 PM

1. Do not open it, for crying out loud...have you never watched The Thing....

Why oh why do they keep thinking this a good idea.

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Response to sunonmars (Reply #1)

Mon May 30, 2022, 07:24 PM

19. I have not watched The Thing.

But I do remember the story of Pandora's Box.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:28 PM

2. I hope we can handle those organisms. nt

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:29 PM

3. Ooooo noooooo!!!!!

We're going to let those aliens out!!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to grumpyduck (Reply #3)

Mon May 30, 2022, 07:00 PM

14. I welcome our new salt crystal void fossil life form overlords

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:32 PM

4. Handle with care!!!

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:34 PM

5. NOT a good idea.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:34 PM

6. I think it's a really stupid idea,,,, n/t

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:36 PM

7. Yeah, I have a can of V8 juice that expired a decade ago

I’m afraid to open it.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:37 PM

8. What could go wrong?

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:39 PM

9. OK...elevator pitch: "Trumpomedra Strain"...or

“DeSantis Zone”.

Either way, it’s a virus that:

1) if you’re white you turn Black
2) if you’re straight you turn gay
3) there’s a vaccine, but a lot of us aren’t that worried about it…our houses are neater, our wardrobes are better, and our taste in music just made a quantum jump.
4) TX, OK, FL, etc governors enforce the tightest lockdown in the world, etc

What do you think? Better than Sharknado?

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Response to Nittersing (Reply #10)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:55 PM

12. Had to laugh despite myself

At least you didn't refer to a drop-bear.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 06:50 PM

11. Salt crystal grows legs to avoid slippery surface

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 07:00 PM

13. Oh, what the hell?

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 07:07 PM

15. Don't look at it Miriam

[link:http://|

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 07:09 PM

16. Paging Michael Crichton.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 07:10 PM

17. Capt. Tripps. 'nuff said. nt 😉

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 07:22 PM

18. Not advisable.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 07:27 PM

20. ...





(ETA, the replies in this thread have me )

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 07:45 PM

21. We've seen enough sci-fi and horror movies to know what's going to happen.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 07:54 PM

22. Let Florida Man open it or stick it up his ass or try to fuck it.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 08:02 PM

23. Depending on what they find

If there is 800,000 year old life in there, and people start taking injections to alter their DNA, we may have to completely rewrite our Social Security schedule..........

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 08:02 PM

24. Don't open it

It’s The Man Trap!!!!!!

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 10:11 PM

25. Just put it in a peach tree dish and see what happens.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 10:21 PM

26. nothing could go wrong!

Now, I'm off to watch some movie called The Andromeda Strain

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Mon May 30, 2022, 10:36 PM

27. Australia...

The land that time forgot.

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