Extraterrestrial fossilised diatom found in a meteorite

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  • Razz 14 Jan 2013 18:33:05 60,750 posts
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    Can't find a better link at the moment

    under heavy load

    Another mirror

    Pretty big news if true

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  • Scimarad 14 Jan 2013 18:39:29 8,530 posts
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    Pretty big would be an understatement.
  • Deckard1 14 Jan 2013 18:40:53 27,073 posts
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    Yeah just a bit.
  • Moot_Point 14 Jan 2013 18:43:31 3,912 posts
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    Biggest discovery since... Bacon?

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  • Liniert 14 Jan 2013 18:43:43 8 posts
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    Im not going to trust a website with a bunch of internet memes in its banner
  • cubbymoore 14 Jan 2013 18:45:14 36,468 posts
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    Yeah there's a reason no news outlets have covered this isn't there.
  • Maturin 14 Jan 2013 18:50:03 2,889 posts
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    Apparently this is about to be published in the Journal of Cosmology. Which isn't actually peer reviewed. So let's hang fire on the excitement a bit.

    But, crikey, eh?
  • Psychotext 14 Jan 2013 18:50:18 53,788 posts
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    What's a diatom?
  • Mr-Brett 14 Jan 2013 18:53:01 12,723 posts
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    Why isn’t this breaking CNN, NBC, ABC, BFF news, is a whole other question. Coverup? Probably
    Paging niteninja.

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  • Razz 14 Jan 2013 18:53:50 60,750 posts
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    Ah, it's bollocks :(

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  • Maturin 14 Jan 2013 18:54:22 2,889 posts
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    Could it possibly be a rock from earth, blasted into space by a previous impact. After all rocks from other planets have made their way here.
  • Moot_Point 14 Jan 2013 18:55:20 3,912 posts
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    @Psychotext This.

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  • Deckard1 14 Jan 2013 18:55:35 27,073 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    Ah, it's bollocks :(
    How do you know that?
  • Razz 14 Jan 2013 18:56:10 60,750 posts
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    Maturin wrote:
    Could it possibly be a rock from earth, blasted into space by a previous impact. After all rocks from other planets have made their way here.
    Yep, from the paper:

    We conclude therefore that the identification of fossilised diatoms in the Polonnaruwa meteorite is firmly established and unimpeachable. Since this meteorite is considered to be an extinct cometary fragment, the idea of microbial life carried within comets and the theory of cometary panspermia is thus vindicated (Hoyle and Wickramasinghe, 1981,.1982, 2000; Journal of Cosmology, Vol,21, No,37 published, 10 January 2013 Wickramasinghe, Wickramasinghe and Napier, 2010). The universe, not humans, must have the final say to declare what the world is really like.

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  • Scimarad 14 Jan 2013 18:56:21 8,530 posts
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    That was my first thought but I don't know how feasible that is.

    Anyway, apparently it's bollocks.
  • Razz 14 Jan 2013 18:58:19 60,750 posts
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    Deckard1 wrote:
    Razz wrote:
    Ah, it's bollocks :(
    How do you know that?
    I'm a bit out of the loop, it's been discredited by the Journal of Cosmology already.

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  • kalel 14 Jan 2013 18:58:20 86,261 posts
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    Great article? Why hasn't this been reported in major news? Probably conspiracy!

    Sign of a great source that, leaping to conspiracy before considering the validity of a claim.
  • Maturin 14 Jan 2013 18:59:27 2,889 posts
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  • Razz 14 Jan 2013 19:01:56 60,750 posts
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    This is were I'm getting the bulk of my info: http://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/16jsyc/study_finds_microfossils_of_diatoms_on_meteorite/?sort=top

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  • DaM 14 Jan 2013 19:08:22 12,892 posts
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    Pffft, I've not heard any mention of the Martian guinea pig. Much more impressive and cute.

    It is there in the Nasa original too!

    I really won't be surprised if they find evidence of this at some point (meteorites containing bacteria, not extraterrestrial rodents).
  • DaM 14 Jan 2013 19:13:03 12,892 posts
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    Plus - found on 29 December 2012, published 2 weeks later? Utter nonsense!

    Having a paper published takes months - unless this is just a simple letter, which again is daft. If you thought you had this evidence, you'd want to check it from every possible angle before declaring it to be extra-terrestrial.

    Wickramasinghe was Fred Hoyle's partner, they've been banging on about this for 40 years (well Fred hasn't since he died, but...).
  • Scimarad 14 Jan 2013 19:13:16 8,530 posts
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    @DaM

    Are we sure that isn't just a Miniature Giant Space Hamster?

    "Go for the sensors, Boo!!"
  • neilka 14 Jan 2013 19:13:57 15,630 posts
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    Bagsy first go at impregnating it
  • the_dudefather 14 Jan 2013 19:19:40 9,181 posts
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    [youtube] 7JxxqYcmVAk[/youtube]

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  • DaM 14 Jan 2013 19:41:20 12,892 posts
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    Scimarad wrote:
    @DaM

    Are we sure that isn't just a Miniature Giant Space Hamster?

    "Go for the sensors, Boo!!"
    It apparently looks like some sort of Texan ground rat thing, leading the usual subjects to claim it as evidence that the rover is just trundling round a hanger in Houston :)

    It's just rocks, but it does look real!
  • Fixxxer 14 Jan 2013 20:04:16 1,303 posts
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    I was born on the 29th of December. Coverup? Probably.
  • CosmicFuzz 17 Jan 2013 07:10:53 23,132 posts
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    Stefansen-V wrote:
    I think that life was created by a meteor impact on Mars.After the impact, some fragments bounced on Earth, bringing one-celled organisms. These one-celled organisms reacted whit other one-celled organisms, already on Earth giving rise to higher organisms.
    Therefore we come from both Earth and Mars.

    This is my theory
    If there were one celled organisms already on Earth then life was already here. I don't think it's likely two different one celled organisms would "react" together to give a third type of life. If life came from Mars or a meteorite etc, then we purely came from that.

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