3/1/04 11:40:30 PM Pacific Standard Time
I wanted to thank you for starting the tread on GLP, of Blue
balls on Mars, it is the most fun , and best thread ever on GLP for me.I
tremendously enjoyed everyones contributions, and unity in finding the truth.I
hope you keep cyberspace going , I just went thru the site tonite and found
lots of great new things like the Rock carvings of Idaho, Minbaris links,
the pond in Malins files found by storm , etc.
On the power blackouts, when I was traveling thru Montana a
couple of weeks ago -the 16th -17th, Missoula had power blackouts 2 early
evenings in a row, gas stations could not pump gas, downtown street traffic
lights went out...Noone knew what was up.
Looked like the whole city was down.
I thought you might like this bit on H2O2 I found
Cant have life on Mars with Hydrogen Peroxide in the
H2O2 formation :
Hydrogen Peroxide is created in the atmosphere when ultraviolet
light strikes oxygen in the presence of moisture. Ozone (03) is free oxygen
(02) plus an extra atom of oxygen. When it comes into contact with water,
this extra atom of oxygen splits off very easily. Water (H20) combines with
the extra atom of oxygen and becomes hydrogen peroxide ( H2O2).
Now Check this out about Catalase.
A: How does hydrogen peroxide "know"? It doesnât. The driving
force is not the chemical but rather living cells. Most cells (like blood
in a cut) cause hydrogen peroxide to change into water and oxygen gas, which,
in turn, bubbles and fizzes. However, cells must produce a catalyst to force
hydrogen peroxide to change. Some cells can manufacture the catalyst and
Living cells as different as oysters and oak can produce the catalyst. However,
lactic acid bacteria (found now in dairy products like yogurt) or the bacteria
causing botulism or gangrene cannot. Also, nonliving objects such as dirt
or oil cannot manufacture the catalyst ***(called catalase).
***Most cells learned to make catalase to solve a vicious problem. When cells
metabolize food in the presence of oxygen, most produce hydrogen peroxide
as a side product. Hydrogen peroxide kills cells. The dilemma: cells must
extract energy from food to live. But the process can produce a poison that
kills them. The solution: manufacture a rescue catalyst that changes hydrogen
peroxide to harmless water and oxygen and make that reaction happen: fast!
Therein lies a tale. When Earth was young and lacked oxygen â
a couple of billion years ago â simple lactic acid bacteria
probably developed first. These bacteria do not use an oxygen-rich atmosphere
to metabolize food (there wasnât any oxygen) and therefore
donât produce hydrogen peroxide. They ducked the problem.
Pour hydrogen peroxide on crushed cheese or yogurt and it
wonât fizz. They never learned to make the rescue catalyst
because they didnât produce the poison.
Later, but still eons ago, "strict anaerobes", such as the bacteria that
cause botulism and gangrene, developed when Earthâs atmosphere
still had no oxygen. Then, they were OK since hydrogen peroxide is an oxygen
compound and canât form without oxygen. Now, these bacteria
exist in extreme danger. You see, the anaerobe bacteria do generate hydrogen
peroxide when they metabolize food but they donât make
the rescue catalyst. Now, strict anaerobes can live only in an airless
environment like deep wounds and airtight containers.
Finally, Earthâs atmosphere became oxygen rich. Disaster!
Peroxide killed cells as the cells converted food to energy and produced
*** Cells solved the problem by contriving catalase. Almost all advanced
organisms since make catalase and convert hydrogen peroxide to fizzy oxygen
and water. Pour peroxide on crushed fruit or leaves, wait a few minutes,
and watch the bubbles.
By the way, white blood cells engulf germs and then kill the germs by bathing
them in poison â hydrogen peroxide. (Related: video images
showing how white blood cells kill bacteria with H2O2)
US Peroxide, Inc: Introduction to hydrogen peroxide
US Peroxide, Inc: Why peroxide bubbles
How Stuff Works: Making a rocket engine from hydrogen peroxide and silver.