Saturday, April 14, 2012

Life on Mars

There is a great paper over at IJASS titled Complexity Analysis of the Viking Labeled Release Experiments that looked at data pulled from the Viking mission and comes to the conclusion that there is a strong suggestion of some sort of biological life on Mars. That link will bring you to the abstract of the paper but if you're interested take the time to read through the actual paper. It's only 13 pages long and fascinating.

We conclude that the complexity pattern seen in active experiments strongly suggests biology while the different pattern in the control responses is more likely to be non-biological. Control responses that exhibit relatively low initial order rapidly devolve into near-random noise, while the active experiments exhibit higher initial order which decays only slowly. This suggests a robust biological response. These analyses support the interpretation that the Viking LR experiment did detect extant microbial life on Mars.

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