[extropy-chat] FWD (UFO UpDate) Biogenic Potentials - Engineering Natural Machines

Terry W. Colvin fortean1 at mindspring.com
Sat Apr 2 22:08:27 UTC 2005

From: Rob Kritkausky <robkrit at yahoo.com>
To: ufoupdates at virtuallystrange.net
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 12:53:01 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Biogenic Potentials - Engineering Natural Machines

I thought this might of interest, as some of earth's ancient 
monuments, as well as many rocks on Mars have this same varnish.
(excerpt from e-mail written to the research group working here)

It would seem the more prodding one does in regards to this 
interesting location, the more anomalies one finds. While 
researching the area's geology, particularly the dark varnish 
found on the local rocks, I found some studies that had actually 
been done using actual rocks from this location. Rock samples 
were tested from around the globe and 74 different forms of 
oxidizing bacteria were identified. All were Gram-positive, with 
the exception coming from a sample taken from a location in 
North Phoenix called Deem Hills (our site) and Painted Rock.

Now what I found to be even more interesting, is the fact that 
the bacteria found happens to be Pedomicrobium. This Gram-
Negative bacteria has recently been the subject of some 
interesting studies' which include speculation on whether it is 
a terrestrial or extraterrestrial life-form 

< http://www.andrewgray.com/essays/lifeinss.htm >

as well as its strange interaction with gold, which almost seems 
to be a form of alchemy, but it's actually just an unexplained 
ability to filter water and extract gold from it. 

< http://www.abc.net.au/science/k2/trek/4wd/Over44.htm >

Deem Hills samples were unusual in both their content and 
quantity for both Gram-negative and Gram Positive Bacteria.

While the exact mechanism for the production of Rock varnish is 
still unknown, an interesting view of its structure and content 
is presented. We have a very thin layered substrate that 
incorporates areas and layers of a biogenic material that can 
react in an interesting way with the manganese found in the 
varnish (up to 20% of its content). Manganese is a transition 
metal with nine valence states (most on the periodic table) and 
an interesting ability to cooperate with some bacteria as they 
oxidize a host. The Mn is able to accept extra electrons from 
the bacteria, transforming it into the variant Mn4, which is 
insoluble. It can even shed the electron via other chemical 
reactions. Also this Pedomicrobium, with its specific attraction 
to gold, would seem consistent with properties we might attempt 
to engineer into a lifeform's DNA. 

It is at this point where one can see some interesting 
similarities with some engineered human technology, which is the 
circuit board/computer chip......complete with a memory 
mechanism(0 -1 byte set)(MN2, MN4)

As we enter the age of Nanotechnology and genetic engineering, I 
find myself wondering if our technology will evolve to a point 
where we will utilize/create certain natural potentials similar 
to the scenario above, as we strive to increase the control we 
have of our environment. 


Rob Kritkausky

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that 
heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 
'Hmmm, That's funny ...' Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992) 


"Only a zit on the wart on the heinie of progress." Copyright 1992, Frank Rice

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