Good news: NASA discovers freaky deaky arsenic-based life form
December 2, 2010
No, they didn't find it in space. They discovered it somewhere even stranger and more exotic, the place from which all bizarre life forms originate: California.
If, per NASA's breathless announcement a few days ago, you were expecting something even freaky deakier, try not to be too disappointed. This is still darned deaky. In a nutshell: Every last organism on Earth is supposed to contain six essential elements - carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, sulphur, and phosphorus, the last of which is essential for forming the framework of the DNA double-helix. From bacteria to blue whales, if something's alive then it's got the big six. No exceptions to that rule. Until now.