So looking at it could tell scientists how many different types of microbes were present and into what broad categories they fell.
I don't have a problem with that, as long as they don't come around telling scientists how to do their jobs.
The device is being used at landfill rubbish tips and can tell scientists within minutes precisely what's going on underground.
The interest in these aliens goes beyond Sedna itself, however, to what they might tell scientists about the formation of our own solar system and others.
This tells scientists that part of the earth is fluid and not solid.
Differences of a few dozen feet in the bulges could tell scientists if Europa has a large ocean.
"Let's not give the terrorists a victory by being able to derail the process that was agreed to," he told Iraqi scientists here.
Early 1960s kamikaze-style probes tell scientists more about the Moon.
Monitoring of large rivers has been made easier by a new device, which tells scientists where fish are lurking.
Because each individual can be identified from its dung, sampling can tell scientists where animals have been and when.