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Astronomers report planet better than Earth!
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Bear - I think it's worth mentioning that the existing triplet code has a fair amount of room for expansion. AFAIK, only about 30 of the possible 64 triplets are actually used in Earthly life. And life would probably not necessarily have to use the same amino acids, of the same coding, as ours.

For something a bit more extreme, I offer a very old story (1950s I think) about Earth explorers coming back extremely late, after an accident with an experimental hyperdrive. (Yes, I know OA doesn't have such but it was more of a plot device than anything else.) They found a thriving ecosystem - in a completely unbreathable atmosphere, with life forms that had evolved from some autonomous mining barges left to fend for themselves after some eco-disaster. Basically, a planet full of living robots.

I just wish I could remember the author and where I found it...
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RE: Astronomers report planet better than Earth! - by iancampbell - 07-05-2015, 05:57 AM

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