A short summary of Popular Science article ?Have We Found Alien Life? , February 2015 issue.
How does life actually work? Does a living thing need to breath oxygen?
According to research by Kenneth Nealson of the University of Southern California, there is life all around us which is fundamentally different from what we understood as life to date. Nealson found bacteria which obtains its food in a fundamentally different fashion. ?They don?t breathe in the sense that you and I do. In the most extreme cases, they don?t consume and conventional food either. Instead, they power themselves in the most elemental way: by eating and breathing electricity.?
What makes this so suruprising? From a biolgist?s point of view, life that doesn?t need a molecular energy source like carbohydrates to live is about as unlikely as a human flying in the air without an airplane. It?s science fiction. But honestly, wasn?t the computer science fiction once too?
So how can we manipulate life then?
Our brains also emit a small electrical current. As was discovered by Hans Berger in 1924, that our brains also emit subtle electric waves. However, as is often true in science, his findings were so new to the rigid establishment that they?weren?t recognized until 13 years later when two British electrophysiologists confirmed Berger?s findings. Jose Silva later developed and recorded many practical applications of this finding such as every individual?s ability to use their ESP.
If our minds also produce electricity, then couldn?t we have the ability to manipulate something which uses electricity?
And this is so.