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10801Re: Mysterious red cells might be aliens

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  • raybell_scot
    Jun 6 6:52 AM
      Shades of Fred Hoyle.

      I believe in panspermia. Or at least I know a guy who's impregnated
      five women, and pays for none of the kids!

      --- In sciencefictionclassics@yahoogroups.com, derhexer@... wrote:
      >
      > URL to an article that appeared on CNN
      > _http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/06/02/red.rain/index.html_
      > (http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science/06/02/red.rain/index.html)
      >
      > This sounds like so many science fiction novels - Chtorr, Body
      Snatchers,
      > etc. What's next - weird looking pods?
      >
      > First few paragraphs.
      > "
      > (_PopSci.com_ (http://www.popsci.com/popsci/) ) -- As bizarre as it
      may seem,
      > the sample jars brimming with cloudy, reddish rainwater in Godfrey
      Louis's
      > laboratory in southern India may hold, well, aliens.
      > In April, Louis, a solid-state physicist at Mahatma Gandhi
      University,
      > published a paper in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal
      Astrophysics and Space
      > Science in which he hypothesizes that the samples -- water taken
      from the
      > mysterious blood-colored showers that fell sporadically across
      Louis's home
      > state of Kerala in the summer of 2001 -- contain microbes from
      outer space.
      > Specifically, Louis has isolated strange, thick-walled, red-tinted
      cell-like
      > structures about 10 microns in size. Stranger still, dozens of his
      > experiments suggest that the particles may lack DNA yet still
      reproduce plentifully,
      > even in water superheated to nearly 600 degrees Fahrenheit . (The
      known upper
      > limit for life in water is about 250 degrees Fahrenheit .)
      > So how to explain them? Louis speculates that the particles could
      be
      > extraterrestrial bacteria adapted to the harsh conditions of space
      and that the
      > microbes hitched a ride on a comet or meteorite that later broke
      apart in the
      > upper atmosphere and mixed with rain clouds above India.
      > If his theory proves correct, the cells would be the first
      confirmed evidence
      > of alien life and, as such, could yield tantalizing new clues to
      the origins
      > of life on Earth."
      >
      > Chris
      >
      > (this e-mail sent with 100% recycled electrons)
      >
      >
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >
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