Inorganic life

Life need not use water as its solvent elsewhere in the universe, according to scientists at a new interdisciplinary research institute in Austria who are working to uncover how life might evolve with "exotic" biochemistry. Johannes Leitner and colleagues presented their early results at the European Planetary Science Congress in Potsdam on September 18. "It is time to make a radical change in our present geocentric mindset for life as we know it on Earth", said Leitner. "Even though this is the only kind of life we know, it cannot be ruled out that life forms have evolved somewhere that neither rely on water nor on a carbon and oxygen based metabolism."