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message 1: by David (last edited Mar 05, 2011 06:17PM) (new)

David Rubenstein | 859 comments Mod
I found this absolutely amazing article at Cosmology Science News. There is a link to the original article in Journal of Cosmology, which has lots of magnified photographs of meteorites. This excerpt from a review by Lana Tao tells it better than I can:

NASA Scientist Discovers Evidence of Ancient Alien Life
March 5, 2011

By Lana Tao

Famed NASA astrobiologist, Dr. Richard Hoover, has been hunting meteorites and extremeophiles in the frigid Antarctic for over 10 years. To the amazement of all, what this treasure hunt has uncovered is alien life: Fossils of ancient bacteria which hailed from colonies which thrived on comets, moons, and other planets.

In a world-wide exclusive, this startling, paradigm busting research, and the pictures to back up these claims, has been published in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology.

Using the most advanced micro-scanning technology in the world, Dr. Hoover fractured fresh slices of the interior of these meteorites, and discovered the remains of several species of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae. Blue-green algae have a unique quality, they thrive even under the harshest of conditions.

According to Dr. Hoover, the possibility of contamination has been completely ruled out. "What is both exciting and extraordinary" Dr. Hoover said, "is although many of the bacteria resemble and can be associated with generic species on Earth, there are others which are completely alien. Neither I nor other experts who have seen the evidence have any idea what these creatures might be."

"I believe these findings indicate that life is not restricted to Earth, but is broadly distributed, even outside our solar system" said Dr. Hoover.

Dr. Carl Gibson of the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at Scripps Institute and the University of California at San Diego had this to say: "Dr. Hover has provided the world with extraordinary evidence to back up extraordinary claims. This discovery completely changes our perspective of the nature of life and our place in the Universe, The world will never be the same."

Does this mean life on Earth came from other planets?

Dr. Hoover believes the evidence is consistent with the theories and evidence provided by famed astrophysics Fred Hoyle (who coined "The Big Bang") and Chandra Wickramasinghe, and which has been detailed in the just release edited volume: "The Biological Big Bang."

According to Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe Director of the Astrobiology Centre at Cardiff University, "We believe Dr. Hoover's evidence, coupled with other findings and recent genetic studies, indicates life has a genetic ancestry which leads over 10 billion years back in time. Some of these life forms were delivered to Earth, in comets."

Dr. Rudy Schild, a scientist with the Harvard-Smithsonian's Center for Astrophysics and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cosmology, has written in an editor's note: "Given the controversial nature of his discovery, we have invited 100 experts and have issued a general invitation to over 5,000 scientists from the scientific community to review the paper and to offer their critical analysis. No other paper in the history of science has undergone such a thorough vetting, and never before in the history of science has the scientific community been given the opportunity to critically analyze an important research paper before it is published."

What does this all mean?

According to Dr. Chandra Wickramasinghe, "Dr. Hoover's discoveries, coupled with recent findings by other scientists, provides the world with decisive evidence that we are all aliens. Life is a truly cosmic phenomenon."

As summed up by Dr. Rhawn Joseph, in the lead commentary: "The overall pattern of evidence, from genetics to microfossils, indicates that life on Earth came from other planets. Our ancient ancestors were visitors from the stars."

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Steve Van Slyke (steve_van_slyke) | 370 comments Interesting. I haven't read the original article yet but I checked out this from MSNBC:

As one critic states, regardless of the outcome, such announcements are good for science because it forces everyone involved to seek better tools and methods to arrive at the truth.

message 3: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (mjkirkland) This is facinating. I tried to read the original paper, but it is well beyond my skills and education to interpret, and after reading the MSNBC discussion, I was interested in understanding the methods used in the analysis.

I'll leave it to the experts to sift through this, though I find it very exciting and hope that we can get more updates sooner rather than later.

Thanks for point us toward this David.

message 4: by Julie (new)

Julie (readerjules) | 23 comments Steve wrote: "Interesting. I haven't read the original article yet but I checked out this from MSNBC:

As one crit..."

Very interesting!

message 5: by Betsy, co-mod (new)

Betsy | 1659 comments Mod
NPR has an article that questions this.

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