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David Darling
(29 Jul 1953 - )

English astronomer and science writer who has authored several science books for the lay reader, such as Life Everywhere: The Maverick Science of Astrobiology (2001). He also maintains an extensive web site, The Internet Encyclopedia of Science.

Science Quotes by David Darling (2 quotes)

A bewildering assortment of (mostly microscopic) life-forms has been found thriving in what were once thought to be uninhabitable regions of our planet. These hardy creatures have turned up in deep, hot underground rocks, around scalding volcanic vents at the bottom of the ocean, in the desiccated, super-cold Dry Valleys of Antarctica, in places of high acid, alkaline, and salt content, and below many meters of polar ice. ... Some deep-dwelling, heat-loving microbes, genetic studies suggest, are among the oldest species known, hinting that not only can life thrive indefinitely in what appear to us totally alien environments, it may actually originate in such places.
— David Darling
In Life Everywhere: the Maverick Science of Astrobiology (2002), xi.
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Even the humblest creature has to know how to react to the difference between food and toxin if it's to survive. ... Life and some level of intelligent behavior—discerning and doing what's best for one's survival—appear to go hand in hand.
— David Darling
In Life Everywhere: the Maverick Science of Astrobiology (2002), 140.
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