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(Daily Mail)   News: Scientist discover alien life in space FARK: With a balloon, some string and an old Coke bottle   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 64
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2013-09-12 12:26:04 PM
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2013-09-12 12:26:56 PM
Headline: Scientists claim to have found evidence of ALIEN LIFE: Balloon sent to edge of atmosphere picks up organisms 'that can only have come from space'

Sub headline: Claim the algae could only have come from space or a volcanic eruption
 
2013-09-12 12:28:11 PM
Well... are they tasty? >.>
 
2013-09-12 12:28:41 PM
16.8 miles up doesn't sound very high. Isn't that still in our atmosphere?
 
2013-09-12 12:29:24 PM
I think I have read this book.
 
2013-09-12 12:30:25 PM

scottydoesntknow: 16.8 miles up doesn't sound very high. Isn't that still in our atmosphere?


3.2 bong hits, but that's just a rough calculation.
 
2013-09-12 12:32:56 PM
I've seen this movie before.  The book was better.
 
2013-09-12 12:32:59 PM
Right, because the most ground-shaking discovery in 40 years will be done by a weirdo with a bottle and a balloon and the Daily Mail will get the scoop. Right.
 
2013-09-12 12:34:23 PM

cgraves67: Right, because the most ground-shaking discovery in 40 years will be done by a weirdo with a bottle and a balloon and the Daily Mail will get the scoop. Right.


this
 
2013-09-12 12:35:54 PM
This guy is right up there with the Ancient Aliens guy in seeing blaming extraterrestrial life for everything.

"SARS? Aliens. Algae? Aliens. Flatulence? Aliens."
 
2013-09-12 12:36:26 PM
Cool. Space jizz.
 
2013-09-12 12:36:41 PM

OceanVortex: cgraves67: Right, because the most ground-shaking discovery in 40 years will be done by a weirdo with a bottle and a balloon and the Daily Mail will get the scoop. Right.

this


What do you mean?  The daily mail is my only source of both science and political news.They are the only ones who tell it like it really is.
 
2013-09-12 12:37:45 PM

Erix: This guy is right up there with the Ancient Aliens guy in seeing blaming extraterrestrial life for everything.

"SARS? Aliens. Algae? Aliens. Flatulence? Aliens."


To be fair if an alien probes your anus it may have flatulence as a side effect.
 
2013-09-12 12:38:55 PM

Skyd1v: I've seen this movie before.  The book was better.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-09-12 12:39:40 PM
www.taintedthoughts.com
 
2013-09-12 12:41:38 PM
The group, headed up by astrobiologist Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe

[stopped_reading_there.jpg]
 
2013-09-12 12:42:23 PM
Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe
... More recently, Wickramasinghe has hypothesized that elementary living organisms like the lichen-forming alga spores present in the red rain in Kerala are of extraterrestrial origin,[8] and that pathogens as the SARS virus also arrived on Earth from deep space carried in asteroids and comets.[9] However, these speculations lack support from the scientific community and are at times published in the fringe Journal of Cosmology. ...
 
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2013-09-12 12:42:36 PM
FTFA: "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."

Maybe they drifted down from man-made space junk, Dr. Quackentheory.
 
2013-09-12 12:43:46 PM
He and Fred Hoyle have been trying to prove their panspermia model for decades. Well, Hoyle hasn't contributed mush since he died in 2001.
 
2013-09-12 12:44:06 PM
I have more faith in what these folks found...
 
2013-09-12 12:45:42 PM

Ivo Shandor: The group, headed up by astrobiologist Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe

[stopped_reading_there.jpg]


Why?
 
2013-09-12 12:46:41 PM

give me doughnuts: He and Fred Hoyle have been trying to prove their panspermia model for decades. Well, Hoyle hasn't contributed mush since he died in 2001.


That's ALL he's contributed since he died.
 
2013-09-12 12:47:36 PM
Yes, because if we are going to find ALIEN life, its going to be from the atmosphere of the only place in the universe we know it exists.

How convenient!
 
2013-09-12 12:49:31 PM

Ishkur: [www.taintedthoughts.com image 500x269]


Came for this, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-09-12 12:50:12 PM

bmongar: Erix: This guy is right up there with the Ancient Aliens guy in seeing blaming extraterrestrial life for everything.

"SARS? Aliens. Algae? Aliens. Flatulence? Aliens."

To be fair if an alien probes your anus it may have flatulence as a side effect.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-09-12 12:50:25 PM
Let me get this straight - he says there's no known way for life to travel the few miles into the stratosphere, so instead of thinking there might be an unknown method of travelling those few miles, he prefers to believe there must be an unknown method for them travelling to Earth from an unknown point billions of miles away.

Got it.
 
2013-09-12 12:50:25 PM
Yeah, this guy has pretty much been pointed out to be a fraud by peers multiple times in Lancet among other publications.
 
2013-09-12 12:50:40 PM

give me doughnuts: Ivo Shandor: The group, headed up by astrobiologist Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe
[stopped_reading_there.jpg]

Why?


Every five years or so Chandra comes out of the woodwork and makes some specious claim that life came from outer space. It's a worthy conjecture, but it's still a conjecture unless he proves it. He wants us to study asteroids to find microbes (and we are, and haven't found any yet), but then he goes one further and spews out derp like SARS coming from space or some shiat.

I think he just does it for cheap press. I can think of a number of scientists who do that, in fact.
 
2013-09-12 12:57:15 PM

Jackpot777: give me doughnuts: He and Fred Hoyle have been trying to prove their panspermia model for decades. Well, Hoyle hasn't contributed mush since he died in 2001.

That's ALL he's contributed since he died.


Nice. Would LOL again.
 
2013-09-12 12:58:13 PM

give me doughnuts: Why?


It's not the first time he has made this sort of claim. The comment after mine links to his Wikipedia page, which gives a few reasons to take his statements with a grain of salt.
 
2013-09-12 01:07:24 PM

give me doughnuts: He and Fred Hoyle have been trying to prove their panspermia model for decades. Well, Hoyle hasn't contributed mush since he died in 2001.


So an updated theory isn't in the cards?
 
2013-09-12 01:09:05 PM
What???

No duct tape?
No vice grips?
NO WD-40???

www.rue89.com

Frank Corvin is not gonna be happy about that.
 
2013-09-12 01:12:37 PM

scottydoesntknow: 16.8 miles up doesn't sound very high. Isn't that still in our atmosphere?


Let me put it to you this way, this balloon has nothing on the MiG-25.
 
2013-09-12 01:13:48 PM
Let's see. The algae either came from an unknown source 39,900,000,000,000 km away, or from a known source bursting with it 27 km away. Hmm, which could it be...
 
2013-09-12 01:14:09 PM
 kildall.com
 
2013-09-12 01:16:53 PM
mikecane2008.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-09-12 01:18:54 PM

Skyd1v: I've seen this movie before.  The book was better.


"There's a fire, sir."
 
2013-09-12 01:22:58 PM

Ishkur: [www.taintedthoughts.com image 500x269]


Came to post this.
 
2013-09-12 01:24:02 PM

Galloping Galoshes: [kildall.com image 493x305]


Drink more squeeze.
 
2013-09-12 01:40:04 PM

Theaetetus:


Awesome. I was going to make god's must be going crazy joke, but this is better. Great movie.
 
2013-09-12 01:40:04 PM
So much for NASA's budget.  Once the idiots in Congress get wind of this there will be cuts for sure.
 
2013-09-12 01:58:00 PM
Uh, isn't that the same Chandra in 2010?

"Will I dream, Dr. Chandra?"
"Yes, Hal you will dream"
 
2013-09-12 01:59:21 PM

Ivo Shandor: The group, headed up by astrobiologist Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe

[stopped_reading_there.jpg]


Yep. Major panspermia advocates that constantly claim to have found "evidence" of alien life on Earth. They've got zero credibility in astrobiology circles.
 
2013-09-12 01:59:56 PM
I science article from the Daily mail? I'll be sure to add this to my reading list.
 
2013-09-12 02:00:03 PM
Because anything 16.8 miles from earth MUST have come from light-years away!  How could it get there otherwise?

/Daily Fail
 
2013-09-12 02:07:10 PM
At least they were smart enough to use an Old Coke bottle.  Using a New Coke bottle would have led to our interstellar ridicule.
 
2013-09-12 02:11:15 PM
[Ctrl] f   Wickramasinghe

6 found

Yep.  Nothing to see here.
 
2013-09-12 02:35:59 PM
Just to point out some of Chandra Wickramasinghe's greatest hits (as should be required for every thread about his "discoveries"):

1. He's the proponent of panspermia, which in and of itself isn't too goofy, but he believes, without any real evidence, that viruses and bacteria can survive long distance space travel and Earth re-entry and were the seeds of life.  This is not based on any verifiable evidence.
2. He also believes that viruses and bacteria that have flown vast distances through space are responsible for such outbreaks as SARs, the 1918 flu epidemic, polio, and mad cow disease.  Seriously, all of those. His cohort, Dr. Hoyle, thinks AIDS came from space.
3. He claims to have found life in meteors.  What he has not done is verified that these rocks he finds are in fact meteors, or verified that the life he found in them are not known species.
 
2013-09-12 02:40:16 PM

midigod: Let me get this straight - he says there's no known way for life to travel the few miles into the stratosphere, so instead of thinking there might be an unknown method of travelling those few miles, he prefers to believe there must be an unknown method for them travelling to Earth from an unknown point billions of miles away.

Got it.


yeah, aquatic algae in no way could have been picked up at sea-level and transported to where the measurements were taken.
 
2013-09-12 02:45:41 PM
See, this here coke bottle hangs from this string, and it's a mutifunction sensory system.
If the bottle is wet, I know that it's raining.
If the bottle is swinging back and forth, I know that it's windy.
If an alien grabs the bottle, I know that aliens exist.
 
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