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Taking a break from blogging.

Posted by Anonymous on March 26, 2014

20140326-123244.jpgHi Everyone,
After years of almost daily blogging, I’ve decided to slow down a bit. Lately I’ve become exited about Open Courseware and the availability of entire training programs free on line as a supplement to paid courses and direct experience. What this means is I’m spending my free time learning in my field instead of reading and blogging strange news from around the world. I’ll still be surfing the apocalypse and posting anything dramatic, so subscribe and you won’t miss it when I tell you the aliens are here, for real. ;-) *


Footnote: *If life was seeded on earth by comets then WE are originally alien to this world. Might this explain a few of our attitudes? Hmm…

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Man faces charges in ‘alien invasion’ school threat

Posted by Anonymous on March 12, 2014

20140312-093240.jpgA Trenton man is facing charges of false public alarm after he allegedly tried to call in an alien invasion to the county’s special services school district twice in nine days, police said.

Darren Morris, 31, has no obvious connection to the school for disabled and troubled youths and was not a student there, Capt. James Stevens said today.

It was unclear why Morris made phone calls on Feb. 25 and March 6 on a main line an administrator wound up answering.

In the calls, Morris said he was being followed by aliens, that they had taken people, and they were coming to abduct more, Stevens said.

“And he was warning the school that there were ‘robot aliens,’” Stevens said.

The school called police following both the first call at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and again around 7:30 a.m. March 6. At neither point was the school evacuated or put on lockdown, but officials wanted the calls reported.

“And no one at the school wanted to take the chance,” Stevens said.

“There was definitely some concern when he called a second time,” Stevens added.

The school’s caller ID recorded the number Morris was using on the second call, and Detective Len Gadsby traced it to a pay phone at the Trenton train station. NJ Transit police pulled video camera footage that identified Morris as a suspect, and he was arrested at the station Saturday morning.

The single charge of false public alarm is an indictable offense, Stevens said, and Morris is being held at the county workhouse in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Mercer County spokeswoman Julie Willmot confirmed school officials received two calls within weeks of each other.

“Both calls were nonspecific and noncredible,” she said.


Great, now who will stop the robot aliens?

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Asteroid mysterious breaks up

Posted by Anonymous on March 7, 2014

http://asset3.cbsistatic.com/cnwk.1d/i/tim2/2014/03/06/David_Jewitt_asteroid_March_2014_credit_NASA_ESA_-prv_270x338.jpgRemember the old Atari Asteroids game and how the space rocks would split into smaller and smaller pieces as your little arrowhead-shaped ship shot tiny balls of light at them? Well, astronomers at UCLA have just seen, for the first time ever they say, that asteroids really do break up that way.

The discovery was made possible by data derived from a team of telescopes. It began when a fuzzy, strange-looking shape was spotted in the skies by the Catalina telescope array, located both outside of Tucson, Ariz., and in Australia, and a Pan-Starrs telescope atop Mount Haleakala on Hawaii’s island of Maui. Astronomers then used the Keck telescopes on the Hawaii Mauna Kea volcano, where they believed they saw three bodies moving together in a cloud of dust that measured roughly the same diameter as that of of Earth.

“The Keck telescope showed us that this asteroid was worth looking at with Hubble,” according to David Jewitt, a professor in the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences and the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy who led the investigation.

So the astronomers aimed the mighty space telescope at the debris and discovered that the dust cloud contained 10 different mini asteroids, with the largest fragments measuring about twice the size of a football field.

The observations, which were published online Thursday in Astrophysical Journal Letters, postulate that the asteroid began coming apart early last year, but that it continues to disintegrate even now.

As we all know, there are no arrowhead-shaped ships in the asteroid belt shooting at these big space rocks, so just how did the asteroid (known as P/2013 R3) begin breaking up?

The researchers ruled out collision with another asteroid because that would have been spectacularly violent and would have instantly smashed the rocks to bits. They also eliminated the idea that interior ice turned to steam and blew the asteroid apart as, according to Jewitt, P/2013 R3 has kept a cool approximate 300-million-mile distance from the sun pretty much since the solar system was born.

Jewitt postulates that the asteroid is breaking apart due to something called “YORP torque.” “Light is made of photons and photons carry momentum. Not very much, but a finite amount,” he told Crave. “When an asteroid radiates away the heat it receives from the sun, it tends to do so asymmetrically… because the day-side is hot and radiates much more heat than the cold night-side. This results in a net reaction force on the asteroid just like throwing a sack of coal forwards would tend to knock you backwards.” It’s this force that caused P/2013 R3 to fail.

Like many things in the vastness of outer space, Jewitt says the YORP torque process took a very long time to take hold. “Because photon momentum is very weak,” he said, “the time taken to spin up an asteroid is very long. For R3, the time is probably 100,000 or even a million years — it’s actually impossible to calculate without knowing the exact size and shape and surface nature of the asteroid. But that is short compared to the age of the solar system, so YORP can still be effective.”


Aliens. Totally.

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Mars has no alien life, just rocks

Posted by Anonymous on February 27, 2014


There are many strange rocks on Mars. Some may look unusual and this causes some excitement among conspiracy theorists, but settle down, it’s just rocks.

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Mystery of ‘jelly doughnut’ Martian rock solved

Posted by Anonymous on February 17, 2014

Scientists have solved the mystery of the “jelly doughnut” rock on Mars that appeared to come out of nowhere.

NASA said Friday that a wheel of the rover Opportunity broke it off a larger rock and then kicked it into the field of view.

The Internet was abuzz last month when the space agency released side-by-side images of the same patch of ground. Only one image showed the rock, which was white around the outside and dark red in the middle, and less than 2 inches wide.

Scientists had suspected that one of Opportunity’s wheels kicked the rock as it drove. They received confirmation after analyzing recent images of the original piece of rock.

Opportunity recently celebrated 10 years on Mars. Its twin Spirit stopped communicating in 2010.

via Mystery of ‘jelly doughnut’ Martian rock solved – The Washington Post.

Okay, I believe you. Hahah hahah haha.

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Lawsuit Alleges NASA Is Failing To Investigate Alien Life

Posted by Anonymous on January 31, 2014

http://assets.nydailynews.com/polopoly_fs/1.1594982.1390997763!/img/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_635/mars-rock.jpgYou may recall, NASA recently announced that a strange rock had somehow “appeared” in front of its Mars Opportunity rover. The explanations for the mystery rock were straight-forward: maybe some kind of nearby impact sent a rock toward the rover, or, more likely, the rover knocked the rock out of the ground and no one noticed until later.

Not so, says self-described scientist Rhawn Joseph, an author of trade books on topics ranging from alien life to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. … The rock was a living thing, and he’s filed a lawsuit to compel NASA to examine the rock more closely.  … For the record: NASA has identified it as a rock. A very special rock, with rare properties, even. But definitely a rock.

… The lawsuit, filed yesterday in a California court, is aimed at NASA and its Administrator, Charles Bolden, requesting that the agency “perform a public, scientific, and statutory duty which is to closely photograph and thoroughly scientifically examine and investigate a putative biological organism.” Joseph is disputing the rock theory, since, “when examined by Petitioner the same structure in miniature was clearly visible upon magnification and appears to have just germinated from spores.” Joseph is the Petitioner. The “rock,” according to the lawsuit, was there the whole time, it just grew until it became visible. “The refusal to take close up photos from various angles, the refusal to take microscopic images of the specimen, the refusal to release high resolution photos, is inexplicable, recklessly negligent, and bizarre,” according to the suit.

Joseph has contacted multiple NASA employees and provided them with said evidence, according to the lawsuit, but they have failed to respond. … Here are his requests of NASA:

Petitioner has specifically requested and has demanded in writing the following of NASA, NASA’s chief administrator Bolden, and NASA’s rover team: A take 100 high resolution close-up infocus photos of the specimen identified in Sol 3540, at various angles, from all sides, and from above down into the “bowl” of the specimen, and under appropriate lighting conditions which minimize glare. B Take a minimum of 24 microscopic in-focus images of the exterior, lip, walls, and interior of the specimen under appropriate lighting conditions. C NASA, and the rover team must make public and supply Petitioner with all high resolution photos and images of that specimen as demanded in A and B. …

via Lawsuit Alleges NASA Is Failing To Investigate Alien Life | Australian Popular Science.

I’m working on Rock Creatures of Mars, a Field Guide.  ;-)

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Revolutionary Analysis Unlocking Mysteries of 500-Year-Old Voynich Manuscript + Comparison to Roswell Script

Posted by Anonymous on January 28, 2014

In the 100th issue of its quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, HerbalGram, the nonprofit American Botanical Council published a feature that may change the course of research on an approximately 500-year-old, illuminated text known as the Voynich Manuscript. Written in a curious language that is yet un-deciphered, the enigma of the Voynich has puzzled scholars and mystery enthusiasts since its 1912 discovery by Polish book collector Wilfrid M. Voynich.

This manuscript, now housed at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, has elicited enormous interest, resulting in numerous books and Internet sites with no conclusive resolution on the manuscript’s origin. Even the US National Security Agency has taken an interest in its cryptic contents, and doctoral theses have been written on attempts to decipher the language of the Voynich Manuscript.

HerbalGram‘s feature article by Arthur O. Tucker, PhD, and Rexford H. Talbert, titled “A Preliminary Analysis of the Botany, Zoology, and Mineralogy of the Voynich Manuscript,” is based on a unique, investigative approach to understanding the strange manuscript. Past researchers have attempted to prove that the manuscript was a product of Europe, mainly because it was discovered in Italy, but also because they believed a European language to be hidden in the writing system of the text. Other theorists proposed Asian origins based on the premise that cloaked Chinese characters existed within syllabary of the Voynich Manuscript. As with many of humankind’s most enduring mysteries, aliens have been implicated as well.

Dr. Tucker — botanist,emeritus professor, and co-director of the Claude E. Phillips Herbariumat Delaware State University — and Mr. Talbert, a retired information technologist formerly employed by the US Department of Defense and NASA, decided to look first at the botanical illustrations in the Voynich Manuscript and compare them to the world’s geographic plant distribution at the time of the manuscript’s first recorded appearance (ca. 1576-1612). The similarities between a plant illustrated in the Voynich Manuscript and the soap plant depicted in the 1552 Codex Cruz-Badianusof Mexico— considered the first medical text written in the New World — propelled the authors down a path leading to the identification of 37 plants, 6 animals, and 1 mineral in the manuscript from the Americas — specifically, from post-Conquest Nueva España (New Spain) and the surrounding regions.

In identifying the plants, animals, and minerals, the authors of the HerbalGramarticle found more compelling evidence to support their theory. They write, “A search of the surviving codices and manuscripts from Nueva España in the 16th century reveals the calligraphy of the Voynich Ms. to be similar to the Codex Osuna (1563-1566, Mexico City). Loan-words for the plant and animal names have been identified from Classical Nahuatl, Spanish, Taino, and Mixtec” — references to some of the native languages of Mexico prior to the Spanish Conquest. The majority of the text, the authors propose, is an extinct dialect, keeping much of the Voynich Manuscript’s secrets intact…for now.

“Although the Voynich is clearly not the most pressing issue in modern herbal medicine and phytotherapy, we believed we could not pass up the opportunity to publish Art Tucker and Rex Talbert’s insightful essay in which they propose a New World origin for the source and identity of the plants in the Voynich — possibly providing a breakthrough in this historical conundrum,” wrote Mark Blumenthal,HerbalGram editor-in-chief and ABC founder and executive director, in his Dear Reader editorial column in the same issue ofHerbalGram.

“Long thought a mystery, written in an untranslatable…cipher,” he continued, “the Voynich has been the subject of almost countless essays and investigations, none of which has been able to ‘crack the code.'”

The article has garnered positive responses from several experts in the fields of botany and ethnobotany.

Wendy Applequist, PhD, the associate curator of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s William L. Brown Center, said “Numerous failed attempts to crack the code of the Voynich Manuscript have focused on linguistics and cryptography. Tucker and Talbert have focused on its botany and, surprisingly but plausibly, identified many of the plants depicted as New World taxa.

“At minimum,” Dr. Applequist continued, “this offers new leads for decipherment efforts; ultimately, if text relating to Central American ethnobotany can be retrieved from the manuscript, its historical significance will be extraordinary.”

“Dr. Arthur Tucker has made a breakthrough in the interpretation of the Voynich Manuscript,” stated Jules Janick, PhD, James Troop Distinguished Professor in Horticulture at Purdue University. “He has demonstrated to my satisfaction that it contains images based on Mexican flora and fauna. Clearly horticultural information has provided a smoking gun. The education of the Aztec elite by various Spanish priests in ‘colleges’ in the 16th century provides a plausible narrative for the creation of this manuscript.

“While names of various plants have been identified in Nahuatl, the main text still remains to be deciphered, but I am optimistic,” added Dr. Janick.

As ethnobotanist, author, and Amazon Conservation Team Executive Director Mark Plotkin, PhD, noted, “Tucker and Talbert have produced an analysis both intriguing and insightful which solves one of the ultimate ethnobotanical cold cases!” …


You know what would be mind blowing? This: Has anyone checked to see if the “hieroglyphics” on the Roswell wreckage match characters in the Voynich Manuscript? I guess the government has all the wreckage. I’ve only seen sketches of the symbols and those came from Major Jesse Marcel’s memory. Plus, what we are seeing from Marcel may have been doctored. Check out the two images above. On the left is the recollection of the writing on the Roswell UFO wreckage, the one on the right is the Voynich script.

Dr. Aurther Tucker is just saying that there seems to be an Aztec connection. Let me be clear that I added the two images above. They are not part of the work of Dr. Tucker.

I, Xeno, taking full responsibility for throwing Roswell into this. This is my own wild irresponsible leap into another dimension… but compare the two yourself: Roswell and Voynich scripts. I see a lot of similarities: some figure 8’s, exclamation like symbols, four leaf clovers… It is like the Roswell writing is a modern version of the 500 year old script. Spooky!

Are we sharing our world with intelligent aliens? Snowden would probably know. According to William Cooper the NSA was formed from a group that made contact with aliens on earth. That may just be a story, but if anyone would know the truth about aliens, the NSA sure would, since they have had everything bugged for so long.

Disclaimer in case I’m right: I have no physical evidence. I have not handled or seen the real Roswell wreckage. I didn’t get this idea from anyone. It just came to be because I was listening to old tapes of Roswell interviews and then there was this news story. I’m not asking for a visit from the Men in Black, m’kay? ;-)

I’m not saying its aliens, but …

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‘Mars rat’ spied by NASA’s Curiosity rover

Posted by Anonymous on September 19, 2013

http://global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/Scitech/Mars%20Rat%20Big.jpgIs that a rat on Mars?

A photo from the mast camera on NASA’s Curiosity rover reveals the dusty orange, rock-strewn surface of the Red Planet — and what starry-eyed enthusiasts claim is a dusty orange rodent hiding among the stones.

The photo, taken Sept. 28, 2012, depicts the “Rocknest” site, where NASA’s rover took a scoopful of sand, tasted it, and determined it was full of weathered basaltic materials — not unlike Hawaii, the space agency’s scientists said last year.

No word on how the rodent tasted, however.

The “creature” was identified on the UFO Sightings Daily website, where its finder, ScottCWaring, held tight to his opinion: That’s one darn cute rodent on Mars.

“Note its lighter color upper and lower eyelids, its nose and cheek areas, its ear, its front leg and stomach. Looks similar to a squirrel camouflaged in the stones and sand by its colors,” he wrote. “Hey, who doesn’t love squirrels, right?”

Others pointed out that the similarity in coloring and position mean it was most likely just a rock, fingering the psychology phenomenon known as pareidolia, a propensity to pick out faces from everyday objects and structures.

via ‘Mars rat’ spied by NASA’s Curiosity rover | Fox News.

space, aliens, curiosity, humor, mars, rats, skepticism, ufoNot all animals immediately succumb to high carbon dioxide and can resist for varying lengths of time according to the AVMA guidelines:

On the day of birth, rats and mice ex­posed to 100% CO2 required exposure times of 35 and 50 minutes, respectively, to ensure death. By 10 days of age, exposure times of 5 minutes were sufficient to en­sure death.272,273 For adult mink, 5 minutes of exposure is sufficient to ensure death using 100% CO2, but not using 70% CO2. Rabbits of the genus Oryctolagus also have prolonged survival times when exposed to CO2.

… It’s possible that earth animals released on Mars may survive for extended periods – enough to be monitored in secret experiments.

There are three possible conclusions over the squirrel/rat photo taken on Mars. One, the photos depict rocks that appear to be animals in a case of pareidolia, as sceptics insist. Two, terrestrial animals have been released on Mars in some secret NASA experiment monitored by the Curiosity mission. Finally, the percentage of carbon dioxide and oxygen on Mars is not what NASA is telling us and indigenous animal life exists on Mars.

via http://www.examiner.com/article/squirrel-on-mars-photo-goes-mainstream-evidence-of-martian-life

Full sized image on nasa web site here: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/694114main_Watkins-2-pia16204_full.jpg


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British scientists claim to have found proof of alien life

Posted by Anonymous on September 19, 2013

20130919-082642.jpgA team of British scientists is convinced it has found proof of alien life, after it harvested strange particles from the edge of space.

The scientists, sent a balloon 27km into the stratosphere, which came back carrying small biological organisms which they believe can only have originated from space.

Professor Milton Wainwright told The Independent that he was “95 per cent convinced” that the organisms did not originate from earth.

“By all known information that science has, we know that they must be coming in from space,” he said. “There is no known mechanism by which these life forms can achieve that height. As far as we can tell from known physics, they must be incoming.”

Some of the samples were captured covered with cosmic dust, adding further credence to the idea that they have originated from space.

“The organisms are not usual,” said Professor Wainwright, who works at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. “If they came from earth, we would expect to see stuff that we find on earth commonly, like pollen.”

“We’re very, very confident that these are biological entities originating from space,” he said, acknowledging that absolutely certainty is hard to achieve in science.

The team believes that the entities are coming from comets, which are big balls of ice shooting through space. The samples were collected during a meteorite shower from a comet. As they hit the earth’s atmosphere, the comets melt – ablate, to give it a technical term – releasing the organisms as they break down.

“The particles are very clean,” added Professor Wainwright. “[Cosmic] dust isn’t stuck to them, so we think they came from an aquatic environment, and the most obvious aquatic environment in space is a comet.”

The organisms probably contain DNA, supporting the notion that life on earth may itself have extraterrestrial origins.
“If we’re right, it means that there’s life in space, and it’s coming to earth. It means that life on earth probably originated in space,” said Professor Wainwright.

Responding to suggestions the life forms could have arrived in the upper atmosphere after being blasted into the upper atmosphere by a volcano, Professor Wainwright said: “The last volcano was three years ago, and the matter has all been deposited by now.”

The group’s findings have been published in the Journal of Cosmology and updated versions will appear in the same journal.

alien life


… The team is hoping to extend and confirm their results by carrying out the test again next month to coincide with the Haley’s Comet-associated meteorite shower, when there will be large amounts of cosmic dust.

It is hoped that more new, or unusual, organisms will be found.

Prof Wainwright said the next step would be to carry out isotope fractionation.

He added: “If the ratio of certain isotopes gives one number then our organisms are from Earth, if it gives another, then they are from space.

“The tension will obviously be almost impossible to live with.”


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A microscopic diatom fragment that scientists believe came from space (Picture: University of Sheffield/Journal of Cosmology)

Roswell. Tunguska. Westall. When you think of earthbound locations intrinsically linked to unexplained extra-terrestrial activity these are the place names that spring to mind.

But now we can add another location to the list: Wakefield. Scientists believe the West Yorkshire city may have played host to the first documented alien invasion of the planet.

A specially-designed balloon sent 27km into the stratosphere to monitor the Perseid meteor shower returned with small organisms on board that researchers believe could only have originated from space.

Professor Milton Wainwright, from the University of Sheffield’s department of molecular biology and biotechnology, said the particles – a diatom fragment and some ‘unusual biological entities’ – were too large to be lifted from the Earth to such a height.

‘The only known exception is by a violent volcanic eruption, none of which occurred within three years of the sampling trip,’ he said.

‘In the absence of a mechanism by which large particles like these can be transported to the stratosphere we can only conclude that the biological entities originated from space. Our conclusion then is that life is continually arriving to Earth from space, life is not restricted to this planet and it almost certainly did not originate here.’


What about contamination from something that was previously sent up? I’d love it if these were aliens, but we have to rule out remnants from space junk. There was this, for example:

The governments of Britain, Japan and Australia are voicing concern over China’s apparent test of an anti-satellite missile. The United States says China shot down one of its own aging weather satellites last week, in a kind of target practice in low Earth orbit. Not much information about the event has been released. But scientists say hitting a satellite from the ground takes fairly sophisticated technology. The satellite was 500 miles above the Earth’s surface. The explosion created a cloud of debris in space, adding to the amount of “space junk” circling the Earth. Hans Kristensen, a weapons expert at the Federation of American Scientists, says that while it has been assumed that China was working to develop such capabilities, the satellite strike still surprised him.

“I was surprised that they were able to do it,” Kristensen says. U.S. officials say the Chinese hit the satellite with the help of a medium-range ballistic missile — most likely the DF-21. A satellite is a fairly small thing to hit with a missile. Kristensen says the DF-21 can probably hit a spot on the ground with an accuracy of several hundred feet. But the satellite was probably close to the size of a refrigerator. …


Soil or sea water samples or other contamination from the exploded satellite? The possible aliens were found at 16 miles (27km) above the earth and the satellite was exploded 500 miles above the earth. Would any super light organic debris that headed to earth from that January 19, 2007 explosion still be floating around over six years later?

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Scientists claim to have found evidence of ALIEN LIFE

Posted by Anonymous on September 13, 2013

Balloon sent to edge of atmosphere picks up organisms “that can only have come from space. British scientists believe they have found evidence alien life after sending a balloon to the edge of space. The team of scientists sent a balloon 27km into the stratosphere and captured small biological organisms they say can only have come from space.The group, headed up by astrobiologist Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, claims the “seeds of life” have been transported between planets by passing meteors.

Professor Wickramasinghe, 74, and his team from the University of Sheffield sent a specially designed balloon into the atmosphere above Chester during the annual Perseid meteor shower.

The balloon was carrying sterile microscope slides which were only exposed to the atmosphere at heights of 27km.

When the balloon fell back down to Earth the scientists discovered microscopic aquatic algae on the microscope slides – which they say can only be alien life forms.

Their findings were published in a paper during the Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology conference in San Diego, USA, last month.

Prof Wickramasinghe said: “Biological entities of this nature have not previously been reported occurring in the stratosphere.

“The entities varied from a presumptive colony of ultra-small bacteria to two unusual individual organisms – part of a diatom frustule and a 200 micron-sized particle mass interlaced with biofilm and biological filaments.”

He said these findings were evidence for the theory of “cometary panspermia”.

This states that the “seeds of life” exist all over the Universe and travel through space from one planet to another.

When the balloon fell back down to Earth the scientists discovered microscopic aquatic algae on the microscope slides – which they say can only be alien life forms. An internal microscopic image of an alien mass of bacteria found is pictured above.

Sceptics believe “biological entities” captured in the stratosphere could have been carried high into the atmosphere from Earth – and not from space.

But Prof Wickramasinghe said: “The biological entities found are particles of relatively large size and mass.

“By our current understanding of the means by which such particles can be transferred from Earth to the stratosphere they could not – in the absence of a violent volcanic eruption occurring within a day of the sampling event – make such a journey.

“If there is no mechanism by which these biological entities could be elevated from Earth to the stratosphere then it must have arrived from above the stratosphere and have been incoming to Earth.”

The Sri Lankan-born British mathematician, astronomer and astrobiologist is one of the leading proponents of the theory of cometary panspermia.

Panspermia is Greek for “seeds everywhere”.

The panspermia theory states that seeds of life can be spread through space from one location to another. and that life on Earth may have originated through this process.

It requires meteors blasted from a planet’s surface serve to act as transfer vehicles for spreading biological material from one planet to another.


He has been working on this for a while:

File:Microorganisms.jpgOn the 20 January 2001 the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) conducted a balloon flight from Hyderabad, India to collect stratospheric dust from a height of 41 km with a view to testing for the presence of living cells. The collaborators on this project included a team of UK scientists led by Wickramasinghe. In a paper presented at a SPIE conference in San Diego in 2002 the detection of evidence for viable microorganisms from 41 km above the Earth’s surface was presented.[39]

However, the experiment did not present evidence as to whether the findings are incoming microbes from space rather than microbes carried up to 41 km from the surface of the Earth.

In 2005 the ISRO group carried out a second stratospheric sampling experiment from 41 km altitude and reported the isolation of three new species of bacteria including one that they named Janibacter hoylei sp.nov. in honour of Fred Hoyle.[40] However, these facts do not prove that bacteria on Earth originated in the cosmic environment. Samplings of the stratosphere have also been carried out by Yang et al. (2005,[41] 2009[42]). During the experiment strains of highly radiation-resistant Deinococcus bacterium were detected at heights up to 35 km. Nevertheless these authors have abstained from linking these discoveries to panspermia. Wickramasinghe was also involved in coordinating analyses of the red rain in Kerala in collaborations with Godfrey Louis.[43]


Interesting guy. I hope he finds what he is seeking and is someday recognized for his effort and vision. Related:

It’s a shock: Life on Earth may have come from out of this world

A group of international scientists including a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher have confirmed that life really could have come from out of this world.

The team shock compressed an icy mixture, similar to what is found in comets, which then created a number of amino acids – the building blocks of life. The research appears in advanced online publication Sept. 15 on the Nature Geosciences journal website.

This is the first experimental confirmation of what LLNL scientist Nir Goldman first predicted in 2010 and again in 2013 using computer simulations performed on LLNL’s supercomputers, including Rzcereal and Aztec.

Goldman’s initial research found that the impact of icy comets crashing into Earth billions of years ago could have produced a variety of prebiotic or life-building compounds, including amino acids. Amino acids are critical to life and serve as the building blocks of proteins. His work predicted that the simple molecules found in comets (such as water, ammonia, methanol and carbon dioxide) could have supplied the raw materials, and the impact with early Earth would have yielded an abundant supply of energy to drive this prebiotic chemistry.

In the new work, collaborators from Imperial College in London and University of Kent conducted a series of experiments very similar to Goldman’s previous simulations in which a projectile was fired using a light gas gun into a typical cometary ice mixture. The result: Several different types of amino acids formed.

“These results confirm our earlier predictions of impact synthesis of prebiotic material, where the impact itself can yield life-building compounds,” Goldman said. “Our work provides a realistic additional synthetic production pathway for the components of proteins in our solar system, expanding the inventory of locations where life could potentially originate.”

Comets are known to harbor simple ices and the organic precursors of amino acids. Glycine – the simplest amino acid – was recently confirmed to be present in comet Wild-2.

Goldman’s original work used molecular dynamics simulations to show that shock waves due to planetary impact passing into representative comet mixtures could theoretically drive amino acid synthesis. This synthetic mechanism could yield a wide variety of prebiotic molecules at realistic impact conditions, independent of the external features or pre-existing chemical environment on a planet.

“These results present a significant step forward in our understanding of the origin of the building blocks of life,” Goldman said.

The team found that icy bodies with the same compounds created from comet impacts also may be found in the outer solar system. For example, Encleadus (one of Saturn’s moons) contains a mix of light organics and water ice. The team concluded that it is highly probable that the impact of a comet traveling with a high enough velocity would impart enough energy to promote shock synthesis of more complex organic compounds, including amino acids, from these ices.

“This increases the chances of life originating and being widespread throughout our solar system,” Goldman said.


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