2006/05/31

'Drops of alien in my hair'

In the summer of 2001, a blood-colored rain fell across India. If that wasn't spooky enough, now some scientists think that the red ooze may in fact be alien life.

The astounding claim was made in the April issue of the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Astrophysics and Space Science, in a paper authored by solid-state physicist Godfrey Louis, of Mahatma Gandhi University. Louis analyzed some samples of the red rain, and was amazed to find strange, thick-walled, red-tinted cell-like structures mixed with the water.

But what makes Louis think that these structures could be alien? In his analysis, he found that the particles lack DNA, but still seem to reproduce plentifully - even when heated to 600˚F. The known upper limit for life in water is about 250˚F, and life on Earth is generally thought to require DNA to reproduce.

Louis thinks the particles could be extraterrestrial bacteria that hitched a ride on a comet or meteorite, breaking apart in the upper atmosphere and mixing with rain clouds above India.

Skeptics suggest other origins for the blood rain. An Indian government investigation has said that algae is most likely to blame, while other theories suggest red dust from the Arabian peninsula, or even actual blood produced by a meteor striking a high-flying flock of bats. It may sound far-fetched, but something similar has happened before.

But Louis says his analysis already excludes these theories. He is consulting with noted astronomer Chandra Wickramasinghe, who co-authored the modern theory of panspermia - which suggests that life on Earth was originally seeded via bacteria-carrying space rocks - some twenty-five years ago. "If it's true that life was introduced by comets four billion years ago," says Wickramasinghe, "one would expect that microorganisms are still injected into our environment from time to time. This could be one of those events."

Louis says he isn't out to create headline news with his results. "I would be most happy to accept a simpler explanation," he says. "But," he adds, "I cannot find any."

-I have read a lot of articles on this guys research, and the different experiments he has conducted. It's pretty fascinating. What ever he found, if his research is found to be legit, is pretty amazing stuff.

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