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Microscopic Alien life found on British Balloon?

by wasteofo2
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wasteofo2
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Sep20-13, 10:22 AM
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...ome-space.html

"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."





Is this complete nonsense or what? I am too lay to determine on my own.
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Greg Bernhardt
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Sep20-13, 10:27 AM
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Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy thinks no

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astro...unfounded.html
phinds
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Sep20-13, 10:38 AM
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There was another thread on this. Consensus was ... bunk !

MathJakob
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Sep20-13, 11:42 AM
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Microscopic Alien life found on British Balloon?

I just posted a thread too lol! Well I try not to get too excited about this stuff but one theory is that the organisms where projected into the stratosphere by volcanic eruption. I really hope this is life from out of this world.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/sc...e-8826690.html

If it is alien life, surely that means that where life can exist, it does exist.
lendav_rott
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Sep20-13, 11:59 AM
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Xenomorphs running around soon enough
MathJakob
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Sep20-13, 12:01 PM
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Upon further research it turns out that the group responsible for this "discovery" are called The Journal of Cosmology" and they've claimed to find alien life many times before, their reliability has long been questioned and their papers are reviewed by other similar groups.

I'd take this news with a pinch of salt. Which is a shame really... it still could be real, but when you cry wolf, not many people will take you seriously

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journal_of_Cosmology
Evo
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Sep20-13, 12:03 PM
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Appears to be rubbish

From this thread http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=711343

The "Journal of Cosmology" is not a recognized journal by Thompson Reuters Master Journal list, so it is not accepted by PF. This is where they posted their unsubstantiated claims.

As the article you posted even states
the Journal of Cosmology has had its reputation called into question more than once by other members of the scientific community.
More on it's crackpottery

Reliability

The quality of peer review at the journal has been questioned.[2][3][4][5][6][7] The journal has also been accused of promoting fringe viewpoints and speculative viewpoints on astrobiology, astrophysics, and quantum physics. Skeptical blogger and biologist PZ Myers said of the journal "... it isn't a real science journal at all, but is the... website of a small group... obsessed with the idea of Hoyle and Wickramasinghe that life originated in outer space and simply rained down on Earth.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journal...gy#Reliability

I think we can dismiss the findings claimed in the article for now.


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