Fuck politics -- read this!Fri, April 13, 2012 - 11:55 AM
Especially read the last two sentences. Out loud. To your children. To your grandchildren.
This seems to me -- and maybe I'm an idiot -- to be possibly one of the most important discoveries in the history of mankind.
Why are we not going apeshit over this news?!
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I think that's because it's not actually proof; just compelling evidence. Also, the article was submitted in November, accepted in February, and published in March, so there hasn't been enough time for significant peer review and criticism/critique. Plus, even if the entire scientific community comes together and says, "Yes, we all agree that this likely means there is extant life on Mars" (which seems unlikely), most people aren't going to get excited about it until it can be confirmed.
Basically: It's too early to go apeshit. :)