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  More on those Silly Fungi
From: ted.held at us.henkel.com on 2007.05.24 at 19:53:01(15704)
OK Steve, I know about thermophiles
and the alternate energy source of sulfides. The eating of "poisons"
is not all that far out. After all, methanogen bacteria and sulfur-reducing
and anaerobic bacteria have been known for a long time. For many anerobes
the regular atmosphere is poisonous. But I am pretty sure that no living
organism can stand a fresh temperature of 800F (I assume F) without death.
I know that these beasties live NEAR hot temperatures, but I don't know
if anyone has measured the sustained temperature of their flesh. I mean,
I can amaze little children by passing my fingers through a candle flame.
No biggie there - except to the children who have never seen it done.

Ionizing radiation is another bag altogether.

I wrote a note to one of the PhDs listed
on the author list asking if he was the author and if the nutshell information
was correct. I'll let the list know if he writes back.


From: "ExoticRainforest" <Steve at ExoticRainforest.com> on 2007.05.24 at 20:36:09(15706)
I'm with you Ted. I found it amazing the Geographic
special indicated animals living in that temp. I have no idea how they
measured the temp from Alvin. But they did show a sequence of some critter
going into a fissure and coming out with portions of the body being
melted. Still, the critter seemed quite happy as if it didn't even
notice! I just tried to look the series up on the net and the only article
that popped up also caused all three of my anti-virus and spyware programs to go

Steve Lucas

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