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Is red rain evidence of alien life ?

Posted on Tuesday, 7 March, 2006 | Comment icon 10 comments | News tip by: Telemachos

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"There is a small bottle containing a red fluid on a shelf in Sheffield University's microbiology laboratory."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Rykster on 7 March, 2006, 16:55
Interesting to claim that life on Earth was started by cometary contributions, and the also claim that a sample of that panspermia would not necessarily contain DNA. If these are microbes, either of terrestrial, or ET origin, they would have DNA, just as the life here, that was supposed seeded by these comets.I do believe that there is some credibility to the panspermia idea, I just think that this example is full of, nothing.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Pax Unum on 7 March, 2006, 17:04
It all started with scarlet rain showers last Thursday on some villages in the southern districts of Kottayam and Idukki... Coloured rain falls on KeralaSome red rains have been analyzed scientifically. On March 14, 1818, there was a red rain in Naples, Italy, and dry powder was collected after the shower. The powder was analyzed and was shown to be composed of silex (33%), alumina (15.5%), chrome (1.0%), carbonic acid (9.0%), and a "combustible substance of a carbonaceous nature." It was thought to be of "volcanic origin, and that the presence of chrome assimilates it with mete... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Pax Unum on 7 March, 2006, 17:09
IT'S official. The coloured rain in some parts of Kerala was caused by the fine dust thrown up by a disintegrating meteorite. The celestial body, passing at great speed, deposited the dust in the monsoon clouds, causing the downpour of colour. Dust settles over Kerala's `red rain'
Comment icon #4 Posted by STIX on 7 March, 2006, 19:36
Thanks for that reaserch you've done 'Pax Unum'.I like the theory that life on earth began from meteorites... that it came from space. Since this is such an isolated incident I highly doubt that this organic material is earth-borne... although it is very plausible. Are the specimins still alive? Could the temperature change between freezing cold and super hot have caused the life to disintigrate into what we see now?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Pax Unum on 7 March, 2006, 20:15
The most widely-accepted interpretation of organic compounds in meteorites is that carbon compounds are probably abiotic but have the potential to become life in the right conditions. Since many meteorites are believed to be at least as old as the solar nebula, these prebiotic molecules could be the precursors of life as we know it.did life come from space? or evolve after the organic matter arrived? I don't know... the trouble is samples can easily be contaminated...
Comment icon #6 Posted by dsmcneil on 7 March, 2006, 21:53
I have to agree with "Stix" on this one. Temperature, light, oxygen, whatever, could have caused a "physical" change from that was, to what is. Man's interpretation of life in general appears to be very limited once again.
Comment icon #7 Posted by rane on 18 March, 2006, 3:29
i recall reading about this a few weeks agoi hope that it is something very significant towards our scientific researchits gonna be a stunner to keep updates on!
Comment icon #8 Posted by crystal sage on 17 September, 2009, 22:19
Was just reading Peter Fotis Kapnistos article here.. about 'Q' life... I wonder if something similar would happen if we took those so called 'DNA challenged red cells' from Kerala's infamous 'Red Rain' into space? http://education.vsnl.com/godfrey/rr2006.html Would they suddenly morph into something? could they have 'Q life'?
Comment icon #9 Posted by crystal sage on 28 September, 2009, 4:25
His theory... Q-life ? Have they taken a sample of this Red Rain.. into orbit.. like the Chinese seed experiment.. to see if these cells grow? Could the Chinese seeds contain Q- Life? http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2008/05/china-is-growin.html or activate the Q-life particles within the seeds... I gather we all have absorbed.. ingested Gallactic.. dust... Star Dust... It said in the various articles on the Chinese experiments of shipping seeds into orbit to grow giant plants that they don't know how it happens.. what has changed... maybe they should look into the Q-Life scenario.... [More]

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