Nothing to See Here
There just isn’t much to the recent “announcement” of alien, bacteriological life being found in a batch of meteorites. The paper, “Fossils of Cyanobacteria in CI1 Carbonaceous Meteorites: Implications to Life on Comets, Europa, and Enceladus”, was published in a scientific journal that really isn’t a journal, but rather a website with “journal” in the url.
Checking in with other scientists (always something I do when trying to understand science reports in the media) it’s painfully clear that this journal is about a rigorous with it’s review as the Exhaust Shaft inspector was with his review of the Death Star’s plans.
It’s really a frakking shame, too. I know I’m in good company around here in wanting something like this to be true. We already know that organic molecules have been found floating in space. It’s not a stretch to think that actual simple life-forms could be found out there…. and have smashed into us at some point in the travels of our planet.
But right now, with this article, “…the “evidence” is a bunch of squiggly stuff that bears little resemblance to actual bacterial fossils unless you obscure the details by rescaling the images” as Ian Musgrave writes at The Panda’s Thumb.
So right now, no, no evidence that little squiggly bits of Bacteria From Space made it to the Earth. Which means I can continue to believe that we’re just shoggoth food that continued to evolve into the marvel and wonder that is evident every day on Fox News….