Ok, so Arsenic-based-life isn’t exactly what I would call it, it’s just a really neat extremophile. And while extremophiles are pretty awesome little beasties for illustrating the conditions life as we know it can survive, it doesn’t exactly live up to the hype like another recent find. It particularly pisses me off when a press conference is held at the same time and on the same day that electronic versions of the paper are released and before anyone can accurately provide dissenting opinions and critiques of an overhyped paper. Give a few leading scientists that also happen to be writers (Switek, Myers, Smith, Laden, etc.). Don’t just slam a factually unprepared press with crap for them to imbibe like dehydrated camels, let alone not release the methods or data in the press conference. It’s in the paper behind a pay wall (which I shelled out for in this instance, although in retrospect, I shouldn’t have). I have a feeling any hyped up press conference won’t be getting any attention; they don’t merit it.
Until we find entropy-defying chemical systems on another planet, the term Astrobiology should be limited to philosophy.