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extremophiles 5 years 4 months ago #281

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I read an article in the economist about microorganisms found living in conditions that were previously thought to be 'unlivable'. Called Extremophiles because the 'love extremes'...they live in high pressure/radiation/poisonous gas etc areas.

Some of the applications (and this is apparently very young science, so there aren't many so far) include possible new antibiotics, DNA repair (high radiation adatpive DNA quickly self repairs) for cancer cures, and every day uses like keeping your clothes brightly colored (this already exists actually)!

So it looks like nanotechnology isn't just about computers and hardware, but has biological aspects as well. This would be an interesting techonology for stitchmen as well.

What are your thoughts?
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Re: extremophiles 5 years 4 months ago #284

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A useful website to hit for more information about the basics of extremophiles is here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extremophile
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Re: extremophiles 5 years 4 months ago #290

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This is very interesting stuff. There won't be too many nuclear wastelands, but there will definitely be lots of uninhabitable places in Year Zero... including a few off-world... well, that might be for a little later.
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Re: extremophiles 5 years 4 months ago #301

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Thanks for the LINK Duster One. Although there may be no nuclear wastelands, finding bacteria in old nuclear reactors that can 'auto-correct' abberations in it's DNA! That's cool in real life, so in make believe....!

Also, @ Anton, I think some of the first extremeophiles were found at Yellow stone in the hotsprings! :)

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extremophiles 3 years 10 months ago #1824

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Every time I click that damn link I get into a Wiki learning vacuum about deep sea organisms. ahhhhh
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extremophiles 3 years 10 months ago #1825

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nasa911 wrote:
Every time I click that damn link I get into a Wiki learning vacuum about deep sea organisms. ahhhhh

Works for me. (Just tried it.)

Many extremophiles are found in the deep oceans. Especially around volcanic vents.
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