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Friday, 16 January 2009

cows on mars

yup, you heard it here first-ish, life on mars! and, what's more, it may well be bovine! reports read by nihilists @ pharyngula have loads of methane appearing (i know, don't ask me, they're astronomers, they can see methane) in the martian atmosphere. 

the boring scientist chappies over at discover magazine (where the story first broke with some exciting 'live-action' style blogging) put the methane production down to microbial life. but an interesting suggestion put forward in the comments section (+ only really clever people comment on articles there) suggested that the answer may be of a bovine nature. what's more; the amounts of methane being produced mean martian dairy herds contain some 31,000 members!

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