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Originally posted by Sablicious
Religion is ET's arch nemesis.
Until we eradicate religion, we will never be able to freely explore the possibility of ET life without ridicule.
Because as we all know, were alien life to be discovered, it would expunge any vestige of 'credibility' ([insert hysterical laughter]) these fictitious belief systems (/ systems of control) have.
12 bacterial and six fungal colonies were detected, nine of which, based on 16S RNA gene sequence, showed greater than 98% similarity with reported known species on Earth.
Three bacterial colonies, namely, PVAS-1, B3 W22 and B8 W22 were, however, totally new species. All the three newly identified species had significantly higher UV resistance
Originally posted by DaTroof
Are we alone in the universe? Statistically speaking, most certainly not. However, the odds that another intelligent species has developed vehicles for perpetual interstellar travel, AND found our tiny planet are just as proportionally slim.
Why weren't they 100% similar to those found on Earth?
Even more startling is that they found three NEW species of bacteria...
The implications are clear, these bacteria either evolved on their own in the stratosphere (highly unlikely) or they were brought here, hitching rides on micrometeors or other extraterrestrial debris.
Originally posted by Astyanax
Censorship, My (Censored)!
Discussion of extraterrestrial life is not censored among scientists. What nonsense!
It was a scientist, Enrico Fermi, who first asked the question 'where is everybody?' – meaning, if the universe is teeming with extraterrestrial life (as it should be), why do we see no trace of it in the skies or on Earth? Still no answer to that one.
Fermi asked his question in 1950, doubtless influenced by the then-novel Flying Saucer Craze. Since that time, science has diligently pursued the question. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is a long-running scientific project. Other attempts to pick up signals from extraterrestrial entities have been made using various telescopes. Back on Earth, various scientific investigations have been conducted into UFO sightings, claims of alien abductions and animal mutilations, crop circles, etc.
The results of these investigations have been widely publicized and discussed. The sad fact is that none of them has yielded any evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence.
Meanwhile, the search for extraterrestrial life goes on at breakneck pace – on Mars, on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, on comets, in interstellar dust-clouds and just about every other halfway likely place our instruments are capable of looking.
None of these investigations has yielded any positive results either, but that's just the luck of the draw. How Chandra Wicks can claim that extraterrestrial life is a censored subject is beyond me. I guess he just means his own crank articles can't find a peer-reviewed publisher.
edit on 28/2/12 by Astyanax because: of beer review.
Evidence of living bacterial cells entering the Earth's upper atmosphere from space has come from a joint project involving Indian and UK scientists.
The first positive identification of extraterrestrial microbial life will be reported on Sunday, 29 July 2001 at the Astrobiology session of the 46th Annual SPIE meeting in San Diego, USA by Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe of Cardiff University. He will speak on behalf of an international team led by Professor Jayant Narlikar, Director of the Inter-Universities Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, India.
Samples of stratospheric air were collected on 21 January 2001 under the most stringent aseptic conditions by Indian scientists using the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) cryogenic sampler payload flown on balloons from the Tata Institute Balloon Launching facility in Hyderabad. Part of the samples sent to Cardiff were analysed by a team at Cardiff University led by Professor David Lloyd and assisted by Melanie Harris.
Commenting on the results, Professor Wickramasinghe said: "There is now unambiguous evidence for the presence of clumps of living cells in air samples from as high as 41 kilometres, well above the local tropopause (16 km), above which no air from lower down would normally be transported."
reply to post by Astyanax
That isn't at all startling. There are estimated to be around a billion bacterial species on Earth, the overwhelming majority of them unidentified and unclassified.
Originally posted by ManInAsia
Don't be pedantic, they were found in Earth's athmosphere, same thing really. If they were found in deep space it's a different ballgame. It's most likely they are terrestrial bacteria that are adapated to living in the athmosphere and therefore resistant to high UV levels.
As for Chandra, he could be right about panspermia but wrong about some other theories. Newton believed in alchemy.
it is possible that micro-organisms reach the stratosphere from the Earth as a result of volcanic eruptions, the updraft caused by blue lightning strikes (Pasko et al., 2002), thunderstorms and forest fires (Fromm et al., 2004) and gravitophotophoresis (Rohatschek, 1996).