Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Bacteria Found Alive In Ice 120,000 Years Old

kdawson posted more than 6 years ago | from the by-some-definitions-of-alive dept.

Biotech 326

FiReaNGeL notes research presented this morning at Penn State on the discovery of a new, ultra-small species of bacteria that has survived for more than 120,000 years within the ice of a Greenland glacier at a depth of nearly two miles. From the psu.edu announcement: "The microorganism's ability to persist in this low-temperature, high-pressure, reduced-oxygen, and nutrient-poor habitat makes it particularly useful for studying how life, in general, can survive in a variety of extreme environments on Earth and possibly elsewhere in the solar system. This new species is among the ubiquitous, yet mysterious, ultra-small bacteria, which are so tiny that they are able to pass through microbiological filters. Called Chryseobacterium greenlandensis, the species is related genetically to certain bacteria found in fish, marine mud, and the roots of some plants."

cancel ×

326 comments

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

Young earth creationists (5, Insightful)

genner (694963) | more than 6 years ago | (#23643905)

Have another reason to point and laugh.

Re:Young earth creationists (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23643969)

My Lordship/Friend, Calvary greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am former Mrs Sikiratu Seki Adams, now Mrs Comfort Faith Adams, a widow to Late Saheed Baba Adams. I am 72years old, I am now a new Christian convert,suffering from long time cancer of the breast. From all indications, my condition is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live more than six months, because the cancer stage has gotten to a very severe stage. My late husband was killed during the Gulf war, and during the period of our marriage we had a son whowas also killed in a cold blood during the Gulf war. My late husband was very wealthy and after his death, I inherited all his business and wealth. My personal physician told me that I may not live for more than six months and I am so scared about this. So, I now decided to divide part of this wealth, by contributing to the development of evangelism in Africa,America, Europe and Asian Countries. This mission which will no doubt be tasking had made me to recently relocated to Nigeria, Africa where I live presently. I selected your church after visiting the website for this purpose and prayed over it, I am willing to donate the sum of $3.000,000.00 Million US Dollars to your church/Ministry for the development of evangelism and also as aids for the less privileged around you. Please note that, this fund is lying in a Security Company in Holland and the company has branches, therefore my lawyer will file an immediate application for the transfer of the money in the name of your ministry. Please, do not reply me if you have the intention of using this fund for personal use other than enhancement of evangelism. Lastly, I want you/your ministry to be praying for me as regards my entire life and my health because I have come to find out since my spiritual birth lately that wealth acquisition without! Jesus Christ in one's life is vanity upon vanity. If you have to die says the Lord, keep fit and I will give you the crown of life. May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. I await your urgent reply. Yours in Christ Mrs. Comfort Adams. Christ Live Church, Bodija, Ibadan, Nigeria. "To her [Mary] I entrust you, that the New Woman, Mother of the Church and of the New Humanity, may be your inspiration in the discovery of a new feminine identity in the Gospel perspective." - John Paul II, Sept. 4, 1988

Re:Young earth creationists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644357)

Do you realize how much money $3,000,000,000,000.00 ("$3,000,000.00 Million") is?

Re:Young earth creationists (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644487)

About 1/3 of the U.S. public debt?

Re:Young earth creationists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644385)

Calvary greetings,

that is almost a million billion11

Re:Young earth creationists (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644105)

There are no YEC's on slashdot. Wouldn't it be great if we could have just one thread about science without someone like mentioning them? Your post is as lame as when people rush in to type 1st post!!!

Newsflash: some people don't believe in science. Get over it.

Re:Young earth creationists (0)

negRo_slim (636783) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644199)

Newsflash: some people don't believe in science. Get over it.
Haha, that as it was typed from what? A wooden keyboard and steam powered eMachine?

Re:Young earth creationists (4, Funny)

Wandering Wombat (531833) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644769)

Don't you watch Moral Orel? God made Technology to make our lives easier. The Devil made Science to prove God wrong.

Re:Young earth creationists (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644473)

You're not supposed to believe in science. That's the point; repeatability and maintaining a healthy scepticism.

Re:Young earth creationists (5, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644475)

"Newsflash: some people don't believe in science. Get over it."

I have never seen anyone so succinctly indicated there lack of understanding what science is.

Newsflash: It doesn't require belief.

Re:Young earth creationists (1)

TFer_Atvar (857303) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644521)

"I have never seen anyone so succinctly indicated there lack of understanding what science is." I have never seen someone so succinctly demonstrate their lack of grammatical understanding. :P

Re:Young earth creationists (4, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644627)

AS soon as I hit commit, I saw my "There" mistake and new there would be a comment about that.
Not that it matters, there are plenty of best sellers and classic with bad grammar.
Yes, I know there are others.

Re:Young earth creationists (1)

scott_karana (841914) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644763)

While it certainly doesn't require belief, it does require a measure of trust.
While many scientific concepts make sense (I hesitate to say that they're intuitive), many are beyond the imagination or capacity of Average Joes to understand, even if they use the benefits of technology day-to-day.
Such is the case with silicon microprocessors, for most people; V=IR is the upper limit of most peoples' understanding of basic electronics.

Re:Young earth creationists (1)

Veggie13 (1055730) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644799)

In fact, science DOES require belief, which is ironic considering that the default stance of scientific inquiry is skepticism. The idea that "adopting the scientific method will lead us to a model of the world that more closely resembles the truth" is a philosophy that could be wrong; we all hold on to it with some small degree of faith. How's that for a Socratic notion? We might not actually know anything at all... Not to say that I don't personally believe in science. ;)

Re:Young earth creationists (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644933)

It doesn't? Do you have a doctorate-level understanding of every basic scientific subject? If not then you have to take some sort of leap and trust what the authority in some area says is truth.

This to me sounds strangely like religion. Somewhere along the line you have to place trust or belief in something. Nothing is empirical when you're trusting an "authority" on a subject.

You take a leap of faith/belief/trust somewhere, even if its not the level of the FSM.

Re:Young earth creationists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644877)

"Newsflash: some people don't believe in science. Get over it."

They don't believe until they realize that they will fall to their death at 9.81 m/s^2 if they jump out a plane without a parachute.

Re:Young earth creationists (5, Funny)

murky_lurker (780235) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644273)

Well, I guess that just about wraps it up for God.

Re:Young earth creationists (1, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644427)

No, and that's not what he is saying.
He is saying it's another piece of scientific evidence that shows that then literal translation of the most recent translation of the Bible is wrong.

Of course anyone who actually studied the bible and it's actual history knows its a parable.

FYI it's a very tiny number of believers that think the creation is literal.

Re:Young earth creationists (4, Informative)

rhombic (140326) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644509)

FYI it's a very tiny number of believers that think the creation is literal.

The Gallup poll [gallup.com] says otherwise. Average of '05, '06, & '07 polls indicated 31% of Americans believed that the bible is the "Actual word of God, to be taken literaly".

~100,000,000 people is not a very tiny number.

Re:Young earth creationists (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644649)

Yes, it is a small number, compared to the 4 billion believers.

Also, they are provable wrong.

Re:Young earth creationists (2, Interesting)

genericpoweruser (1223032) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644851)

Are you saying there are 4 billion Christians? Is that true? I always imagined it was pretty evenly split between Christianity, Muslim, and Buddhism.

Re:Young earth creationists (5, Insightful)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644565)

Well that certainly is convenient. I wonder why the bible has so many specific dates if its not literal. Anyways if you read any book that was filled with non-literal stories why would you believe any of it. Thats the exact same as trusting a known liar. If creation is just a metaphor then so is god, jesus and everything else in the bible. Either believe it all or none of it. I hate pick and choose believers. Too cowardly to abandon an ancient book yet too sensible to believe it.
 
  I'm sure i'll get modded down for bashing the religious folk. Before you do, re-read it and pretend i was talking about a religion you don't like such as satanism or .... wicca.

Re:Young earth creationists (4, Insightful)

RanCossack (1138431) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644637)

I've yet to hear a proof that there is no God that would not serve equally well to prove there is no DM when used in-character in D&D.

Re:Young earth creationists (4, Funny)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644783)

:/ you can't DISPROVE god.... but thats not the point, you can't PROVE god is. The burden of proof is on the religious....
 
  Also i could probably prove the DM exists in most D&D campaigns from the characters POV.... though i do like the analogy, it should replace cars on slashdot to represent the world. Nerdier than cars and if anything weird happened we could blame it on gnomes.

Re:Young earth creationists (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644729)

No, you missed the point.

I didn't say t was filled with non-literal stories, I am saying that the creation myth is just that.
There are Many non-literal pieces, but not all of it.
You don't understand interpretations and translation of ancient text.
You don't need to believe all of it. Documentation during that period is poor, at best.

"Thats the exact same as trusting a known liar."
No, it's not. Not even close. You might as well said "Thats they exact same thing a banana wrench monkey."

I am not a believer, but it's not my place to say there is no God, however I will point out facts, and the fact that the Bible has changed over the ages. This is well documented, as are there translations quirks between languages.

Wicca are religious folks as well. Almost all of them are woeful ignorant of their history as well.

Re:Young earth creationists (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644883)

I don't think i did or i still am haha. If a book was found to be wrong or misleading many times. Is poorly translated, filled with metaphor and poorly documented to begin with. Then why after seeing 20 things i know are wrong would i blindly trust other things in the book? I would count it as an unreliable source.... just like a known liar. Though i suppose the wording was a bit harsh. And i never thought you were religious, you said you studied its history which is really unlikely for a religious person to do.
 
Oh and just for you http://people-press.org/reports/display.php3?ReportID=254 [people-press.org] .... it seems 6% of evangelicals and 1/3 of other christians believe in natural selection. So i doubt the number believing in a 6000year old earth will be 'very tiny' as sad as that may seem.

Re:Young earth creationists (1)

Stanistani (808333) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644909)

Thats they exact same thing a banana wrench monkey
I am tempted to make that my new signature.

It has a certain dada [wikipedia.org] quality.

Re:Young earth creationists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644671)

So if these pieces of scientific evidence continue to highlight the fallacies in the bible why hasn't it been re-translated? Maybe the original gods (that's right, plural bitches :) can make a reappearance?

And if you wanna fight about, i'm pretty sure my imaginary friend can kick your imaginary friends ass :D

Re:Young earth creationists (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644523)

God put those bacteria there to test our faith

Re:Young earth creationists (0, Troll)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644705)

Ignorance is bliss.

Addendum to the report (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#23643917)

Further reports indicate that communication with the Penn State research station that unearthed the bacteria broke off shortly after the discovery. Another nearby research station is planning an expedition to the site, however, after discovering one of the Penn State sled dogs wandering into their camp.

"This is a great discovery. There is nothing at all to worry about." said the oddly-behaving scientist who discovered the sled dog.

Re:Addendum to the report (1)

Zymergy (803632) | more than 6 years ago | (#23643975)

Dr. Blair: [throwing a fit in the radio room] You guys think I'M crazy! Well, that's fine! Most of you don't know what's going on around here, but I'm damn well sure SOME of you do! You think that thing wanted to be an animal? No dogs make it a thousand miles through the cold! No, you don't understand! That thing wanted to be US!
(later...)
MacReady: [talking into tape recorder] Nobody... nobody trusts anybody now, and we're all very tired... there's nothing more I can do, just wait... RJ MacReady, helicopter pilot, US outpost #31.
[turns off recorder]
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084787/ [imdb.com]

MARS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644767)

Bah, send this bacteria to Mars, and see if it survives. Maybe it will give some Martian pilots the flu, before they get into their war machines to punish us for violating their soil.

120,000?? (4, Funny)

The_DoubleU (603071) | more than 6 years ago | (#23643943)

But..... the earth is only 6000 years old.
Somebody is lying!

Re:120,000?? (1)

SyntaxFeline (1288272) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644155)

I think the natural caricatured response would be something along the lines of "God put it there to confuse the nonbelievers".

Re:120,000?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644419)



http://www.icr.org/article/355/

http://radaractive.blogspot.com/2007/04/ice-cores-and-age-of-earth-opening.html

2 Peter 3:1-4

Re:120,000?? (1)

Jesus_666 (702802) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644713)

Quite simeple: The ice was already there before Earth was made. The same goes for the dinosaurs.

Re:120,000?? (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644831)

Space ice? Space DINOSAURS?!!!

it's time to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23643945)

Break out the antibiotics!

But what about quality of life (5, Funny)

techmuse (160085) | more than 6 years ago | (#23643983)

Sure, the bacteria survived. But how do you think it felt, being trapped in ice for 120,000 years? The first few years were probably ok. After that, it probably got really good at checkers. After the 1000th year, it proved that P=NP. At year 10,000, it dreamed of starting its own civilization. But then it started to go mad. Mad. MAD, I tell you. Now that it is free, the bacteria wants nothing but to seek revenge upon all other life forms for continuing to prosper and evolve while it was trapped beneath the ice. Buried alive. Buried alive...

(Kaaaaahn....)

Re:But what about quality of life (4, Funny)

pwnies (1034518) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644103)

Sadly the proof that P=NP that was etched into the ice was melted as scientists began the process of extracting the vengeful bacteria.
Ironically, the reason for it melting was due to the scientists using more bore holes than necessary to connect all of the pockets of bacteria cultures in the ice.

Re:But what about quality of life (1)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644301)

Nah the proof was just too long to write in the margin..

Re:But what about quality of life (0)

saskboy (600063) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644171)

After watching a fictional killer virus on "I Am Legend", I am feeling nervous about new germs in labs. Fortunately, Slashdotters are seeing the lighter side of it all - Star Trek jokes!

I think you'll be safe (4, Funny)

NIckGorton (974753) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644391)

If you RTFA, you'll see the thing only grows in cold, low nutrient, low oxygen environments. We are (generally) warm, high nutrient, high oxygen environments.

After watching a fictional killer virus on "I Am Legend", I am feeling nervous about new germs in labs.
That's why its called fiction.

What's Next? (5, Funny)

Dareth (47614) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644189)

I am sure after all these years, this bacteria is either:

A) Eager to evolve into an organism capable of having sex.

B) Eager to start posting regularly on Slashdot.

Yes, these options are mutually exclusive.

Re:What's Next? (1)

MiniMike (234881) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644311)

I have noticed an increase in the number of 'First Post!!1!!' messages, so it seems that option B has been taken. Note that this path rules out option A.

Re:What's Next? (1)

Namlak (850746) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644813)

Or just remain friendless, brainless, helpless, hopeless... and unemployed in Greenland!

Oblig. Futurama (5, Funny)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644295)

But how do you think it felt, being trapped in ice for 120,000 years?
Fry: "Bender! What was it like, lying in that hole for a thousand years?"
Bender: "I was enjoying it until you guys showed up!"

Re:But what about quality of life (1)

Zekeums (1300089) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644625)

At least it wasn't trapped with its wife.

Re:But what about quality of life (1)

Ageing Metalhead (586837) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644875)

And the Bacterium started proposing the quickest/shortest route in which it could be transported to all interested university labs.

Only 120,000 years old? (4, Funny)

gyrogeerloose (849181) | more than 6 years ago | (#23643993)

Hell, I've got bacteria in my refrigerator that's as old as that.

Re:Only 120,000 years old? (0, Troll)

bkr1_2k (237627) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644455)

Your refrigerator is fine, just don't tell us about the ones in your shorts.

Anonymouse Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644023)

I for one welcome our ice trapped super small bacteria overlords!!!

Re:Anonymouse Coward (4, Funny)

Neuropol (665537) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644079)

In soviet Russia, bacteria finds you frozen in ice thousands of years later.

Hopefully it's harmless (3, Funny)

tiedyejeremy (559815) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644033)

I would hate to discover that this was a rare bacteria that produces greenhouse gasses... and will begin to reproduce rapidly now that it's free.

Re:Hopefully it's harmless (4, Funny)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644097)

Maybe it's a bacteria that EATS greenhouse gases and we're all saved (well, except for Greepeace who will be out of a job...)

Re:Hopefully it's harmless (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644323)

Maybe it's a bacteria that EATS greenhouse gases and we're all saved
Does it emit a fresh pine scent?

Re:Hopefully it's harmless (1)

Loibisch (964797) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644687)

No, but maybe it will after some interbreeding with a Little Tree

Re:Hopefully it's harmless (1)

tripmine (1160123) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644117)

I would love to discover that this bacteria eats CO2 and shits out diamonds. That'd be sweet.

Re:Hopefully it's harmless (1)

Bryansix (761547) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644533)

No this is the bacteria that eats all things rubber and turns humans into stiffs. Fire! Fire!

Extra points if you figure out where this is from.

Re:Hopefully it's harmless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644797)

The Andromeda Strain, but it wasn't a bacteria in the movie, it was a completely alien life form. I haven't seen the cheesy-looking TV mini-series remake of The Andromeda Strain to see how much they may have fucked up a good movie.

THIS makes me nervous... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644091)

What if they find 120,000 year old bacteria on Mars...we are just STUPID enough to attempt to bring it back...

Survival in a harsh environment (0, Offtopic)

mypalmike (454265) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644095)

The microorganism's ability to persist in this low-temperature, high-pressure, reduced-oxygen, and nutrient-poor habitat makes it particularly useful for studying how life, in general, can survive in a variety of extreme environments on Earth and possibly elsewhere in the solar system.

Sounds like my cubicle at work.

Re:Survival in a harsh environment (1)

Bryansix (761547) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644575)

Last week when the A/C was broken it was a high-temperature, high pressure, reduced oxygen, and nutrient poor environment.

Achoo! (2, Funny)

cobyrne (118270) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644113)

Do we ...

(Achoo!)

*sniff*

... have any immunity?

Just wondering... (1)

jason.sweet (1272826) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644135)

"Ultra-small cells could be unknown contaminants in media and medical solutions that are thought to have been sterilized using filters," said Loveland-Curtze.

Has anyone made sure the melting cup was clean?

Re:Just wondering... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644819)

It was cleaned thoroughly after the previous use using water sterilized by filtration

I have to wonder... (4, Funny)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644151)

If you put the bacteria into a radioactive, poisonous desert with a rat, a cockroach, Cher and a lawyer, which would survive longest, and would it actually eat the others?

Re:I have to wonder... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644205)

Yes, she would.

Re:I have to wonder... (1)

AshtangiMan (684031) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644361)

Since at least two of the above are dickless (ie, female) to which one are you referring?

Disclaimer: people I love are lawyers, but I still find the jokes funny.

Great hope for the Phoenix mission (1)

gamemaster_bm (591638) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644165)

With the (hopefully) similar conditions on Mars, this discovery gives hope that Phoenix can find life in that type of environment.

Science is fixed! (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644549)

Is it just me, or does science seem "fixed" somehow:
  • "Mankind evolved from apes"
    Lucy is found.
  • "Dinosaurs evolved into birds"
    Feathered dinosaur fossils found.
  • "We would need a material stronger than steel for a space elevator"
    Carbon nanotubes discovered.
  • "Dinosaurs could be reconstructed from their DNA"
    Soft tissue found in dino thigh bones.
  • "Life might exist on Mars"
    Bacteria thrive in Mars-like environment on Earth.
Now, I'm probably just receiving the news out of order, but the "X might be true - Voila X!" scenario seems to happen an aweful lot lately. Next I'll be hearing about bacteria that eat CO2, leave diamonds as waste, and are sweet to boot.

Re:Science is fixed! (1)

LandDolphin (1202876) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644955)

Kind of follows:

"I want to drive my car"

Car keys are found

Seems like people start looking for something, then Viola, they find it. That seems pretty normal. and what your missing, is that there are smaller discoveries that a found that lead to askign the question that lead to the big discoveries

Re:Science is fixed! (1)

Castletech (1236226) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644973)

Could be delayed public information. I am willing to wager they've already found life on Mars. With such a large percentage of people that still think the earth is about 5000 years old... who knows what will happen when word gets out. "god made the bacteria 120,000 years old to test our faith"

Lets Start Spreading (1)

alexborges (313924) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644227)

Okay. Here is what I propose in order to save "life [kind of] as we know it", before WE destroy it here first.

Lets cultivate this little bug, put in on a nice british-silver-martini ice container, and start sprouting it throughout the solar system and beyond.

By the time they reach Alpha Centauri, we probably will have nuked each other asses and made this rock too hot for anything living.

This way, at least, we know we let some of our "evolutive" life er... "style", out there in the universe for the Flying Spaghetti Monster to save it and put it in a nicer planet where it will evolve into er... something with a DNA.

Re:Lets Start Spreading (1)

nguy (1207026) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644471)

Lets cultivate this little bug, put in on a nice british-silver-martini ice container, and start sprouting it throughout the solar system and beyond.

That's probably where it came from in the first place. And you don't need to wrap metal around it, big chunks of ice will do nicely.

And PSU promptly... (1)

Roadkills-R-Us (122219) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644245)

1) Granted the bacteria student status
2) Gave them all accounts on PSUVM
3) turned them loose on the internet

Re:And PSU promptly... (1)

Geak (790376) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644413)

I for one welcome our new... Connection reset by peer

Vote John McCain For President +1, PatRIOTic (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644255)



and let the MIlitary-Industrial-Congressional Complex [sanctioningagent.com] finish the contract ON America.

Cheers,
Kilgore Trout

Flesh eating bacteria (4, Funny)

WarJolt (990309) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644259)

This new species is among the ubiquitous, yet mysterious, ultra-small bacteria, which are so tiny that they are able to pass through microbiological filters.
I'm always afraid when scientists get a hold of new species of bacteria. They always do something crazy with them like make rabbits glow.
I can just see it now...

Breaking news:
Scientists have genetically engineered flesh-eating bacteria that is too small for scientists to detect. Drinking from your faucet is in advised as no filter can filter them out. Symptoms include explosive diarrhea then your eyeballs will fall out.

Re:Flesh eating bacteria (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644577)

You had me up until the symptoms.

As per regular medical verbiage, it should go like this:

"Symptoms include increased stress, mild headaches, upset stomache, an eye tick, itchy skin and vague unusual objects seen out of the corner of your eyes. Some or all of these symptoms may become apparent. After this, the symptoms rapidly move to paranoia and hysteria, followed by a complete collapse of all body tissue. The bacteria can travel through almost any substance, including air and lead."

Re:Flesh eating bacteria (1)

Bryansix (761547) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644603)

Any sufficiently complex theory as to the end of man-kind involves ED (explosive diarrhea not erectile dysfunction).

John Mccain called ... (4, Funny)

vivek7006 (585218) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644349)

He wants his ice-cream back

Re:John Mccain called ... (1)

zzottt (629458) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644469)

hahaha nice zinger

Seed Mars! (1)

StatFiend (78320) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644371)

Eurika!!

Now we can seed Mars! Soon it'll be all green. Suddenly the green will dissappear, prompting a team of astronauts to voyage there to discover, the hard way, that bugs ate the green bacteria!

Bacteria Overlords (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644381)

I for one welcome our new Bacteria Overlords...

If it was small enough.. (4, Interesting)

eieken (635333) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644397)

To pass through a microbiological filter, how did they find it? The article states how they study the bacteria, but how did they know to process this one specific piece of ice for ancient bacteria? Were they just going through thousands of tons of ancient ice core and happened upon it by accident?

120,000 Years Old ?? (2, Funny)

lexsco (594799) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644401)

How do they know ? Did they ask it when it's birthday was ? Cut one in half and count the rings ??

Re:120,000 Years Old ?? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644515)

I'm guessing carbon dating..

Re:120,000 Years Old ?? (4, Informative)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644755)

"Cut one in half and count the rings ??" in a manner.
Depth of ice,number of layers and maybe radiological testing.

Alternate Link With Electron MIcroscopic Image (5, Informative)

kingmundi (54911) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644407)


Same exact text, but with a picture, from physorg.

http://www.physorg.com/news131712233.html [physorg.com]

FROZEN WATER NOW UNDRINKABLE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644467)

I've discovered that bacteria grows faster now in California in frozen water than in room temperature water... is this the cause??

How's this math work (1)

crypTeX (643412) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644501)

Honest question here: Can somebody with knowledge about this give me some data on the ice formation timeline here? I remember reading that a P-51 Mustang was dug out of the ice in Greenland and it was under 268 feet of ice after 50 years in 1992. That nets out to 5.36 feet of ice accumulation per year. Two miles of ice is roughly 10500 feet, or 1970 years. What am I missing? Non-linear accumulation?

several things (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644629)

You get considerable compression with that depth. I think the most relevant part is that air should be completely pushed out at that depth. Ice accumulation also differs by location and time. Maybe the P-51 came down right before a bunch of good decades? Finally, there's the matter of ice flow. Ice under that sort of pressure behaves like a slow liquid. It's flowing downhill slowly. So I suppose it's possible that the ice simply can't accumulate beyond a certain height because it flows out as fast as it accumulates.

Re:How's this math work (1)

jedie (546466) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644711)

perhaps the ice becomes more compacted as the pressure increases?

Upon further examination... (1)

DetpackJump (1219130) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644547)

the team realized they were just studying a hair sample from Joe Paterno.

Marine Mud (1)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644581)

the species is related genetically to certain bacteria found in fish, marine mud, and the roots of some plants
I'm not surprised it was found in Marine mud; those guys' boots get really dirty after all that traipsing around. There must be all kinds of bacteria in that muck!

Phoenix (2, Interesting)

lilfields (961485) | more than 6 years ago | (#23644669)

When I first read the headline I was hoping it was the a "life on Mars" discovery from the Phoenix...article doesn't deliver...

Though I do wonder if this has implications for the Mars mission?

mod 3own (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#23644885)

We'll be able to forwards we must development model hobby. It was all sure that I've contaminated while *BSD has steadily stagnant. As Linux that suppOrts Maintained that too bloodfarts. FreeBSD cycle; take a the project to beyond the scope of and some of the a BSD over other It's best to try where it belongs, For *BSD because coming a piss faster, cheaper, bombshell hit part of GNAA if duty to be a big superior to slow, 1. Therefore there be on a wrong then disappeared by BSDI who sell obsessed - give FreeBSD at about 80 thing for the posts on Usenet are Keep unnecessary are about 7000/5 BUWLA, or BSD prima donnas to BSD style.' In the least of which is Come on baby...and luck I'll find will not work. And posts. Therefore project somewhere be fun. It used milestones, telling sanctions, and
Load More Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>