What Has Science Done for Us Lately 2

Microbes With Arsenic DNA
Discovered Life Based on Arsenic

As you know, arsenic is an insanely toxic to humans and all of earths creatures. NASA has found a microbe that can not only live in an arsenic rich environment but can actually construct it's DNA out of the stuff, earth creatures normally construct DNA out of phosphorous.

What it means: We have seriously underestimated how and where things can live, evolve, and be created. So the chances for alien life have gone up significantly.

For More Information: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/12/nasa-finds-arsenic-life-form/

Found a new way to stop scarring

Scars are unsightly, annoying, and sometimes a reminder of something we desperately want to forget. Scientists have discovered that by blocking a sugar in  blood, called Hyaluronan, test mice had significantly less scarring than those who didn't have the blocking agent. This process also has applications in cancer research and other areas of medicine. I would expect this to be rushed into cosmetic surgery first while the more in depth applications are worked out in the lab.

What it means: Much better plastic surgery and less scarring with all forms of surgery.  Also could be an important step toward curing cancer as this same sugar has been seen to effect metastasis of tumors.

For More Information: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=blocking-a-common-sugar

Showed How Bats Find Water

A stunning video tells us how scientists decoded the way bats find water, and also made them lick metal plates. Sometimes scientists are jerks.

What it means: I'm not really sure, it's an awesome video though. A scientist will probably develop some sort of water tracking radar thing for planes or discovering water on other planets....

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