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Red Rain Gives Clues to Our Alien Origins

Interesting article courtesy of the BBC News Service. Basically a mysterious 'Red' rain that fell over southern India in 2001 is believed to have actually been alien in origin after a study of the biological microbes in the rain is found to be unlike anything on Earth.

This discovery has renewed the debate and theory that life on Earth actually originated from the stars.

Searching For 'Our Alien Origins' (BBC News Online; Tuesday 14th November 2006)

Coloured Rain Falls on Kerala (BBC News Online; Monday 30th July 2001)

The Scientific Report : Cometary Panspermia Explains The Red Rain Of Kerala (PDF by Godfrey Louis & A. Santhosh Kumar; October 5 2003)

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imagnocean
Nov. 16th, 2006 09:59 am (UTC)
I thought this was another post about Peter Gabriel for a minute! :O
angusabranson
Nov. 16th, 2006 10:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, I thought it was odd tha a post entitled Red Rain followed my worship of him.

Maybe I should do a Peter Gabriel day where ever entry has to have the title of one of his songs with the post also being relevant to the title :)
sack_boy
Nov. 16th, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)
This is a tricky one - although G Louis did publish his work in a reputable, peer reviewed scientific journal (Astrophysics and Space Science) he didn't publish it in a biological sciences journal. So his methodology may appear solid to astrophysicists I might have some doubts over the biological validity of his work. If this is true,it is an astonishing finding and worthy of publication in either Nature or Science, the two flagship science journals.

Personally I consider Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe to be, at best, dabblers in an area outside of their expertise. They may well be brilliant astronomers & astrophysicists but they should leave biology to the biologist. Chandra Wickramasinghe has even gone so far as to claim that Mad Cow Disease is caused by cometry debris. At times he appears to be even more deluded that Erik von Danniken!
sack_boy
Nov. 16th, 2006 10:41 am (UTC)
As an aside the "cells" in the indian red rain were measured as being 4 to 10 micrometers in diameter - the typical size of human red blood cells is 6 to 8 micrometers. Red blood cells lose their nuclei early on in their "lives" and thus 99.99..% of them in your blood stream have no DNA, and they are exactly the same shape as the particles commonly shown as being the "cells" in the red rain ...
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