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Mars methane rises and falls with the seasons

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Science  05 Jan 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6371, pp. 16-17
DOI: 10.1126/science.359.6371.16

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  • RE: Martian Microbes

    Mars is analogous to earth, but its aging core no longer sustains oceans and atmosphere. However, lingering subterranean microbial activity is the simplest explanation of the water, seasonal methane, and carbon dioxide detected on the Martian surface.1,2 Martian microbes should be similar to earth microbes, because identical environments should produce comparable results. This further implies that alien life is similar to earth life.

    The stress theory postulated by Hans Selye, now empowered by a testable “mammalian stress mechanism” (MSM),3,4 enables a unified theory of biology in addition to the unified theory of medicine that Selye anticipated. It clarifies embryology, evolution, anatomy, ethology, intelligence, taxonomy, dinosaurs, archosaurs, and the origin of life as well as physiology, pathology and stress.

    Earth’s nuclear core provides a stable environment with nutritious chemicals and heat that promotes chemical reactions. In that nurturing environment, subterranean life evolved spontaneously as self-sustaining chemical reactions associated with chemical information systems (DNA/RNA) that capture and accumulate capabilities and characteristics. These evolved cell walls and intra-cellular stress mechanisms that adapted to alternate environments and became a diverse biomass that generates water that fills oceans, atmospheric gases, and nutritious oil that paved the path to surface life.5 Prokaryotic cyanobacteria subsequently oxygenated earth’s atmosphe...

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