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Researchers to bore through 3km of Antarctic ice, seek organisms isolated for 100K years

 
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Researchers to bore through 3km of Antarctic ice, seek organisms isolated for 100K years
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UK researchers are ready to see if life can exist in one of the harshest environments on the planet: Lake Ellsworth in the Antarctic, 3 km (2 miles) below a glacier. They'll try to drill through the ice by December 12th using a high pressure sterile water jet heated to 90 degrees Celsius (194 Fahrenheit) and sterilize the patch of lake with intense ultraviolet light before attempting to retrieve a sample.
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That's not the real reason they're drilling through it...


The 'drill' is a key, and they're unlocking an ancient machine that will begin the reckoning...
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Re: Researchers to bore through 3km of Antarctic ice, seek organisms isolated for 100K years
Didnt i read a post recently that said there we're heaps of old school viruses in the arctic?
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This is dangerous.
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Re: Researchers to bore through 3km of Antarctic ice, seek organisms isolated for 100K years
Didnt i read a post recently that said there we're heaps of old school viruses in the arctic?
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Are you talking about this thread?
Thread: Frigid Antarctica is loaded with viruses! Researchers found nearly 10,000 species by analyzing water samples!
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this could be important to the possibility of life on europa and other ice-covered planets and moons

Europa - Extraterrestrial Life - Old proposals

More ambitious ideas have been put forward including an impactor in combination with a thermal drill to search for biosignatures that might be frozen in the shallow subsurface.

Another proposal put forward in 2001 calls for a large nuclear-powered "melt probe" (cryobot) which would melt through the ice until it reached an ocean below. Once it reached the water, it would deploy an autonomous underwater vehicle (hydrobot) which would gather information and send it back to Earth. Both the cryobot and the hydrobot would have to undergo some form of extreme sterilization to prevent detection of Earth organisms instead of native life and to prevent contamination of the subsurface ocean. This proposed mission has not yet reached a serious planning stage.


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That's not the real reason they're drilling through it...


The 'drill' is a key, and they're unlocking an ancient machine that will begin the reckoning...
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I'm guessing you don't mean a literal machine? Can you go into more details? Sounds interesting and reminds me of Admiral Byrd's experience in the Antarctic.
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Didnt i read a post recently that said there we're heaps of old school viruses in the arctic?
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Are you talking about this thread?
Thread: Frigid Antarctica is loaded with viruses! Researchers found nearly 10,000 species by analyzing water samples!
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Thaaaattts the one!!!
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Didnt i read a post recently that said there we're heaps of old school viruses in the arctic?
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Are you talking about this thread?
Thread: Frigid Antarctica is loaded with viruses! Researchers found nearly 10,000 species by analyzing water samples!
 Quoting: Nika


Thaaaattts the one!!!
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I'll link this thread to it.
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Okay this is getting creepier than i expected... gasp
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Didnt i read a post recently that said there we're heaps of old school viruses in the arctic?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 28824708


Are you talking about this thread?
Thread: Frigid Antarctica is loaded with viruses! Researchers found nearly 10,000 species by analyzing water samples!
 Quoting: Nika


Thaaaattts the one!!!
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Probably that many in your body right now. Some of which may be attempting to re write parts of your genetic code.
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This is dangerous.
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I agree.
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This is how horror movies begin. scared
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...because nothing could possibly go wrong
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Re: Researchers to bore through 3km of Antarctic ice, seek organisms isolated for 100K years
Other scientists disagree finding the ice is only about 4500 years old. Any organisms within would likely be harmless.

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