We have no idea what to expect, but NASA [the National Aeronautics and Space Administration] is holding a news conference this afternoon (2:00 PM, EST) to make some kind of announcement.
[Update: this is the news from EurekAlert, the news service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Astrobiologists: Deadly arsenic breathes life into organisms.] Back to NASA now:
Here’s a link to their notice: NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery; Science Journal Has Embargoed Details Until 2 p.m. EST On Dec. 2 , which says, with bold font added by us:
NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.
The news conference will be held at the NASA Headquarters auditorium at 300 E St. SW, in Washington. It will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website at http://www.nasa.gov.
– Mary Voytek, director, Astrobiology Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington
– Felisa Wolfe-Simon, NASA astrobiology research fellow, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, Calif.
– Pamela Conrad, astrobiologist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
– Steven Benner, distinguished fellow, Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, Gainesville, Fla.
– James Elser, professor, Arizona State University, Tempe
That’s all we have. Oh, they also add this:
For NASA TV streaming video and downlink information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
Here’s a better-looking link: NASA TV. It looks like nonsense now, but the action should be starting in less than 90 minutes. We shall see.
Update: See Klinghoffer: The View from Bizarro World.
Update: See Answers in Genesis on Arsenic Bacteria Discovery.
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