Deep Thought

I’m so glad I didn’t blog about the arsenic bacterial. The paper’s basic methods were probably flawed, and NASA won’t defend themselves. In short, we don’t know yet whether there’s even a story yet, let alone one deserving a press conference.

“We cannot indiscriminately wade into a media forum for debate at this time,” senior author Ronald Oremland told Carl Zimmer. Which would be fine if they hadn’t kicked this story off with a well-hyped press conference. But they’ve already waded into that media forum, and done so fairly indiscriminately. Maybe wading discriminately into a discussion with competent microbiologists on blogs would be better than talking to Gawker at a press conference.


  1. #1 Apuleius Platonicus
    December 7, 2010

    Maybe it’s just the snark in me, but the thing that keeps coming up in my mind is the fact that the first Director of NASA was Wernher von Braun.

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