March 12, 2013 – Mainstream Science Rejects Team’s Restated Claim of ET Life

Article Source: Open Minds (UFO News & Investigations) http://www.openminds.tv

MICROSCOPE MAGNIFIED PHOTO OF METEORITE FOSSIL. (Image credit: N. C. Wickramasinghe)

MICROSCOPE MAGNIFIED PHOTO OF METEORITE FOSSIL. (Image credit: N. C. Wickramasinghe)

After conducting additional testing, a team of scientists restated its claim that extraterrestrial life has been confirmed.

In January 2013, scientists published a paper claiming the discovery of extraterrestrial life in a meteorite recovered in Sri Lanka. The team asserted that microscopic fossilized diatoms (algae) were detected in the meteorite. But the paper quickly met with harsh criticism from the scientific community. Some scientists questioned whether the diatoms were really fossilized, and it was suggested that the diatoms could have been the result of freshwater contamination. Some even questioned the claim that the meteorite was even a meteorite. And the journal in which the paper was published, the Journal of Cosmology, is viewed as a less-than-credible publication.

Seemingly in response to the scientific community’s skepticism, researchers sent fragments of the meteorite to Cardiff University in Wales for further testing. As the website ExtremeTech explains, “The researchers at Cardiff are now reporting that they’re sure that these fragments come from an extraterrestrial meteorite — and that there are definitely ‘fossilized biological structures.’”

Explaining the tests conducted by the research team, ExtremeTech explains:

Cardiff University’s tests took a two-pronged approach: First to confirm that there were actually algae fossils within, but more importantly to rule out terrestrial contamination. To this end, the researchers found very low levels of nitrogen (which is nearly always present in modern-Earth organisms), and their oxygen isotope analysis “shows [that the samples] are unequivocally meteorites.” The meteorite’s atomic makeup, coupled with the fossils being fused with the rock matrix, is a strong indicator that the organisms aren’t terrestrial in origin.

These new findings were published in the March issue of the Journal of Cosmology.

But just like the team’s first publication, this paper has also been met with harsh criticism by the mainstream scientific community. Astronomer Phil Plait of Slate Magazine, who criticized the team’s first paper, quickly published an article in response to this new paper stating:

I read the paper, and really it’s more of the same as from the first paper. In some ways, it’s even shakier; they provide lots of technical data that gives their work a veneer of credibility, but when you look a bit deeper you find they didn’t do a lot of critically necessary tests to establish the veracity of their claims.

Plait attacks the team’s conclusion that the samples they examined were “unequivocally meteorites.” He conferred with Dr. Barbara Cohen, a planetary scientist who studies meteorites at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Her opinion is that the paper’s data is “suggestive,” but not conclusive.

Another issue Plait takes with the team’s research is the failure to consult with outside experts or use an outside lab to confirm their findings.

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One Response to March 12, 2013 – Mainstream Science Rejects Team’s Restated Claim of ET Life

  1. Kenneth Larson says:

    Scientsts tend to downgrade the claims of extraterrestrial life or an intelligent Creator in the universe because of the 19th century battles between scientists who did not believe in a God or Creator and those who did claim there was a Creator and extraterrestrial beings could exist. The battle is still going on because any scientist or college professor who gave talks or published papers on UFOs being real would be subject to ridicule and sarcastic comments from traditional professors and scientists. In my own research, I felt that the nine UFOs seen by pilot Kenneth Arnold near Mount Rainier, Washington, June 24, 1947 (and again at Boise, Idaho, July 4, 1947) represented a scale model of our nine planet solar system with a wide space between 4th planet Mars and 5th planet Jupiter. Arnold said there was a wide space between UFO 4 and UFO 5 on the five miles long line of nine UFOs and between UFO 5 and UFO 4 on the nine UFOs seen again near Boise, Idaho, on July 4, 1947 (as if they had reversed direction). See Arnold and co-author Ray Palmer’s book THE COMING OF THE SAUCERS.

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