A Picture Of One Of The Oldest Things In The World

No, Dad, this is not another post about your birthday.  But:  happy birthday again!

Jason Kottke explains that this photo from Rachel Sussman is of 400,000 year old actinobacteria from Siberia.  Kottke further explains:

There’s a map and a progress blog and an unassociated Wikipedia entry that tells of the ocean-going species Turritopsis nutricula:

The Hydrozoan species Turritopsis nutricula is capable of cycling from a mature adult stage to an immature polyp stage and back again. This means that there may be no natural limit to its life span.

Who wants to bet that Ray Kurzweil drinks a Turritopsis nutricula smoothie every morning?


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