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    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2011 edited
    "Aliens exist, and we have proof."

    That astonishingly awesome claim comes from Dr. Richard B. Hoover, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, who says he has found conclusive evidence of alien life — fossils of bacteria found in an extremely rare class of meteorite called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites. (There are only nine such meteorites on planet Earth.) Hoover’s findings were published late Friday night in the Journal of Cosmology, a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
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    Alien Bacteria! Alien-Flu will kill us all!

    must stock up on Dettol.

    but on a serious note, this is pretty awesome.
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    I'll wait until the claims survive the science shredder before doing the happy dance.
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2011 edited
    I'm hoping some microbiologists or evolutionary biologists might be willing to share their early impressions. At first glance to my liberal arts degree eye, there doesn't seem to be anything overtly implausible about it at the level of, say, cold fusion.

    It was published last Friday at Journal of Cosmology*, a large amount of peer review has supposedly already been done:

    In order to satisfy the inevitable hoard of buzz-killing skeptics, Hoover’s study and evidence were made available to his peers in the scientific community in advance of the study’s publications, giving them a chance to thoroughly dissect his findings. Comments from those who decided to sift through the evidence will be published online, alongside the study.

    * Apparently even if life comes from space, web design comes from 1994.
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    Jesus, don't they make these NASA scientists watch the Andromeda Strain before they start this work? It'll all lead to DOOM i tell ye...
      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2011
    Journal of Cosmology is about a half-step above the rantings of David Icke. It's nonsense. Carry on.
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