British professor of astrobiology broken voice announced that a meteorite found in Sri Lanka, contains microscopic fossil, which is conclusive evidence of extraterrestrial life.
Chandra Wickramasinghe, Director of the Center astrobiological University of Buckingham, in the article, which suddenly decided Journal of Cosmology, claims to have found as many as diatoms!
This citizen is well-known in astronomical circles as a fierce advocate of the theory of panspermia, which suggests that life is common in the universe and that the comets and meteors spread its "seeds" everywhere.
Petrified diatom, according to him, is deep in the bowels of the meteorite (celestial rock dubbed Polonnaruwa), and therefore can not be the result of terrestrial contamination. "We conclude that the discovery of fossil diatoms in the meteorite Polonnaruwa well established and there is no doubt — the article says. — Because this is a fragment of a meteorite comet disappeared, the idea that microbial life can spread comets, like the theory of cometary panspermia, thereby proved. "
Needless to say, the skeptics right there. Renowned astronomer popularizer Phil Plate colleague politely calls "learned on the brink» (fringe scientist). "Wickramasinghe — ardent supporter of panspermia. So fervent that, he explains everything that happens in space, — says Mr. Plate in his blog. — To listen to him — and the flu came from space, and SARS. And the list is endless. All about what is not clear, he throws in the space, so there's a significant fraction of, um, of bias on his part. "
Journal of Cosmology is not the first time criticized for publishing controversial from a scientific point of view the material. "Yes, this is not a scientific journal, and overdressed website maintained by a small group of scientists, obsessed with the idea that life began in space, and then poured out on the earth," — wrote in 2011, biologist Paul Myers of the University of Minnesota (USA) blog Pharyngula.
Claims, of course, abound. First, it is strange that the "alien" is exactly like on the earth's body. Secondly, the meteorite may not be so, for what it to be. "He does not have a rounded shape, — notices Mr. Plate — and looks too loose, while the carbonaceous chondrites resemble small stones, that is, they are more solid, compact, with a completely different structure. And judging by his stuffed with conspicuous freshwater diatoms, it is likely to fragment rock with the river bottom or other similar place. "
But Mr Wickramasinghe not embarrassed a drop. According to him, in modern science, the truth is only that which received a grant or been allowed to publish in certain journals. Everything else is being strangled, as during the Inquisition.
Prepared science.compulenta based on LiveScience.
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