Thursday, December 2, 2010

Warming up

Car, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

Helsinki, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

Splash, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

Bus stop, originally uploaded by jiihaa.

Today the weather warmed up to -1 °C, quite a change from -16 °C. Snow didn't yet start melting, although it was very slippery on the sidewalks and roads. Here are some traffic-related photographs from today.

I guess you noticed the science news about arsenic-based microbes which had even a press event at NASA. Nature showed once again that life is stranger than we thought: "A bacterium found in the arsenic-filled waters of a Californian lake is poised to overturn scientists' understanding of the biochemistry of living organisms. The microbe seems to be able to replace phosphorus with arsenic in some of its basic cellular processes — suggesting the possibility of a biochemistry very different from the one we know, which could be used by organisms in past or present extreme environments on Earth, or even on other planets."

This is quite something. If only we started to understand ourselves a little better, too.

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