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This is incredible news. Why hasn't this been broadcasted all over the news on TV by now?
Because apparently the scientific community is still pretty skeptical about it. See here http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/03/scientists-claim-meteorite-fragments-contain-alien-biological-fossils-they-dont/ but especially here http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/01/15/life_in_a_meteorite_claims_by_n_c_wickramasinghe_of_diatoms_in_a_meteorite.html.

One of the problems is the scientific journal it was published in isn't very reputable. When a scientific article is published in a less-than well known journal, that says a lot about it's quality. Often that means the article was submitted to a higher-profile journal first but got rejected, which says quite a bit about the article itself.
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I don't see any reason that intelligent life wouldn't develop under simialr circumstances to ours.
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Because apparently the scientific community is still pretty skeptical about it. See here http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/03/scientists-claim-meteorite-fragments-contain-alien-biological-fossils-they-dont/ but especially here http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/01/15/life_in_a_meteorite_claims_by_n_c_wickramasinghe_of_diatoms_in_a_meteorite.html.

One of the problems is the scientific journal it was published in isn't very reputable. When a scientific article is published in a less-than well known journal, that says a lot about it's quality. Often that means the article was submitted to a higher-profile journal first but got rejected, which says quite a bit about the article itself.

This is interesting. Just did some searches on "Journal of Cosmology." Looks like they're not as scientific as they claim to be. And yeah, good point. A discovery like this would be published in every reputable journal out there, not to mention be instantly on the news channels and sites.

They is trolling. What a let down.

LOL, looks like PZ Myers has had some back-and-forths with them too.
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post #34 of 55
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How do we know the meteorite didn't originate from Earth in the first place? Maybe the asteroid the killed the dinosaurs blasted rocks into space.

they can tell

1. how old the rock is and thus could rule it out based on age

2. whether or not the rock is actually from earth based on its mineral composition
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Maybe that's how they discovered Def Leopard band.gif
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post #36 of 55
they probably discovered a symbiote in the minerals. wink.gif Top Secret.
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I never said anything like that. You said there was essentially no point on leaving Earth. I said there were plenty of reasons to do so. I said the planet would die someday, not within the next 200 years. Anything could happen within 200 years though. But the human race will one day leave this planet. Not in our life time though.

I dunno about that, at the rate technology advances it wouldn't be unlikely in the next 50-60 years.
I mean really look how far things have come since the 1960s.
*Especially considering the snowball effect of technology*
post #38 of 55
the only thing i want from the life out there is they RiG biggrin.gif damn this thing would be way light faster.
PS: nice source but i don't believe it.
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post #39 of 55
Here's the kicker,


All the probabilities that can occur for intelligent life to happen might not happen in every planet out there. There might be life but on a lower level (animal scale even now) we might be more advanced or we might not be.


Or they might be on the same level as us.
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if the cell structures are exactly like what we have here on earth and nothing new or exciting is there much point in leaving earth if its all just the same out there? redface.gif

Even if it was the same billions of years ago, there is this little thing called evolution.
Which can be a very interesting topic.
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