Register for an account

X

Enter your name and email address below.

Your email address is used to log in and will not be shared or sold. Read our privacy policy.

X

Website access code

Enter your access code into the form field below.

If you are a Zinio, Nook, Kindle, Apple, or Google Play subscriber, you can enter your website access code to gain subscriber access. Your website access code is located in the upper right corner of the Table of Contents page of your digital edition.

Planet Earth

Weird Life Goes Legit

The LoomBy Carl ZimmerJuly 7, 2007 1:17 AM

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

Over the past few years, more and more scientists have been talking about the possibility that life exists, or can theoretically exist, in exotic forms that lack DNA, or perhaps even carbon or water. I've been keeping up with the conversation, and writing articles about it in the New York Times, Discover, Popular Mechanics, and, most recently, in Seed. Today I report in the New York Times that a panel of scientists arranged by the National Academies of Sciences has issued the first official weird life report. They're calling for a more aggressive search for strange forms of life. You can read the report for yourself here. It's very interesting. You could organize a whole year's worth of high school science around it, chapter by chapter. Aliens 101, call it.

    2 Free Articles Left

    Want it all? Get unlimited access when you subscribe.

    Subscribe

    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In

    Want unlimited access?

    Subscribe today and save 70%

    Subscribe

    Already a subscriber? Register or Log In