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22. Comment #418292 by SteveN
There may be beings sitting in their pools of liquid methane saying "For instance, while visible and ultragamma wavelengths are important for life and processes such as radiosynthesis, infraviolet and radio-rays are harmful.


The issue is the energy of a photon at those wavelengths. They have the energy to break even the strongest molecular bonds, and are therefore "dangerous" to any chemical** life.

I suggest an important part of the reported study will be quantifying the impact of photon energy against possible forms of chemical life.

**I say "chemical" because I read a SciFi novel 30 years ago about life on a neutron star)

Wed, 23 Sep 2009 11:12:00 UTC | #400140