Science Cosmic Imperative
posted by October 13 at 9:13 AMon
Even here, in the underworld, life is possible:
A bug which lives entirely on its own and survives without oxygen in complete darkness underground has been discovered in South Africa.
Desulforudis audaxviator, or bold traveller as it is known in English, relies on water, hydrogen and sulphate for its energy.
Because it gets by without oxygen, it could offer clues as to whether life exists on other planets.
The loneliest living species known to science was found inside a gold mine.
At the end of it all, one question remains: What makes life so obstinate? What is this mission, this imperative to be the thing that not being is not.