Life - the whole point of the universe.
No living beings all this vast celestial mechanism would be just an alarm clock in the cemetery. And our planet seems to have dropped out to take the rap for all of creation - judging by how densely populated it is.

But scientists do not cease to be surprised, finding life in the most seemingly absurd places. Such as ...

1. The lake of boiling asphalt

Lake Peach Lake (translated as "bituminous lake", approx. Mixednews), which is located on the Caribbean island Trinid seems to be intended as a branch of the underworld. Just imagine: the boiler with a surface of 400 square kilometers and a depth of 75 meters, which is constantly boiling, bubbling, and emits a resinous hydrocarbon pair of manure. Bottom brew is fueled by oil.
It would seem - how much can there be life? But no! It turns out that in the asphalt lake live, breed and feel great ten million living organisms. Ten million per gram of the lake.

2. Icy and time

Lake Unter-See that Antarctica is a frozen state for at least a hundred thousand years. It is replenished entirely by water melting glaciers, and loses water only by sublimation (ie, the transition from the solid phase to the vapor, bypassing the liquid, approx. Mixednews) of ice in the atmosphere. Environment in the lake is so alkaline that at pH, comparable to the usual laundry bleach.

This is such an absurd place to try to find it familiar to our form of life that the study group NASA outfitted the lake in company with a team of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence - Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, approx. Mixedmews). NASA's interest because the presence of life in Lake Unter-Se indirectly proves the existence of life on Enceladus, a frozen moon of Saturn.

"If life is there - it is everywhere!" - Said space experts.

3. Under the pressure above atmospheric to 400 thousand times

Japanese scientists have proven, life can adapt to hypergravity conditions - an environment in which gravity is higher than the earth more than 400 times. They placed the colony of bacteria in the ultracentrifuge and began to untwist with an acceleration of 3.9 million meters per second squared.
The form of life which they were tested, not just survive. She continued to grow.
What form of life is simpler, the easier it is adapted. Wednesday, for the highly deadly creatures, is perfectly suitable for the habitat and breeding of the simplest and most primitive. What is likely, due to consistently high ratings fatal for normal human brain reality show.
In addition, once the bacteria survived in Saccharomyces cerevisiae under high gravity, which means that after the collision of Earth with a meteorite life on our planet will continue - albeit without you and me.
And, last but not least - after the opening of Japanese scientists list of potentially habitable planets has grown considerably. It is possible that the bacteria can be found even in the so-called "brown dwarfs" gravity exceeds Earth 100 times.
4. Irradiated thin air

Three types of bacteria - found in the extreme upper layers of Earth's atmosphere. Indian scientists for several years studying the stratosphere with the help of special gas cylinders, hovering at an altitude of 12-14 thousand feet. With these widgets, and have found nothing on similar organisms.
These creatures discharged air is more than enough, and murderous to all living things ultraviolet radiation they carry without any problems.

This is bad news for those who believe in the ultraviolet sterilization as a universal defense against any infection. And the good - for supporters of the hypothesis called "panspermia" - according to which life on Earth was the result of the transfer "embryos of Life" from other planets.
Indeed, the endurance of the inhabitants of the stratosphere suggests that these organisms could well arrive from outer space on any asteroid.

5. Titanic

It's amazing how with inexhaustible enthusiasm bacteria tend to develop new environment. Take, for example, the bacterium Halomonas titanicae. This creation of one single purpose - eating the Titanic.
And this despite the fact that, as you know, the sea floor is not littered with the Titanic. So, as soon as these 50,000 tons of scrap metal were at the bottom, nature began to work on breeding species, which it will appeal.

6. rocky ground

A colony of bacteria, extremophiles settled at the bottom of the gold mines in South Africa and currently lives happily ever after in the dark, at a depth of two and a half miles.
This form of life cut off from sunlight, which was formerly considered a "source of all life," many millions of years. It was found that bacteria derive needed for growth and reproduction of the energy of hydrogen, which in the surrounding rocks abound.
As expected from the inhabitants of the deep darkness, they are not very bright, and reproduce slowly. While other bacteria have time to double every hour, that for the same 300 years is required.

7. The Chernobyl reactor

Once again the amazing ability to adapt to life the most extreme conditions has been proven, when people are a robot sent into the heart of the Chernobyl reactor. The robot found living with a black substance inside the sarcophagus over the destroyed 4th block.
These microscopic fungi do without photosynthesis and manage the use of nuclear radiation as an energy source - instead of the sun.

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