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Scientists dispute Avi Loeb's 'alien' metallic spherules claim

By T.K. Randall
July 28, 2023 · Comment icon 6 comments

Scientists remain dubious about Loeb's claims. Image Credit: Avi Loeb
The Harvard astronomer recently claimed to have found evidence of alien technology on the ocean floor.
Back in June, Loeb - who had been on an expedition to search for pieces of an interstellar object that fell somewhere in the Pacific Ocean - published a blog article describing the discovery of mysterious metal spherules with a composition he claimed to be "anomalous" when compared to human-made alloys.

"We found ten spherules," he said. "These are almost perfect spheres, or metallic marbles. When you look at them through a microscope, they look very distinct from the background."

"It has material strength that is tougher than all space rock that were seen before."

Suffice to say, some of his peers have been less than impressed with his findings.
Speaking to the New York Times recently, Steve Desch - an astrophysicist at Arizona State University - noted that the meteorite would have completely burned up in the atmosphere and described Loeb's comments as "a real breakdown of the peer review process and the scientific method."

"It's so demoralizing and tiring," he added.

Meteor physicist Peter Brown, meanwhile, criticized Loeb's bold proclamations and noted that it is not unusual for detected events to appear interstellar at first due to simple measurement errors.

As things stand, we will need to wait until samples of the objects have been studied in a lab to find out for sure whether or not Loeb really has found something of significance.

Source: Interesting Engineering | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Piney 4 months ago
Damn straight. They've been falling since the Earth formed and still are. Run a powerful magnet down the curb of any road where water runs and you'd find them.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Nicolette 4 months ago
So we are qualifying all meteorites as alien technology now?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Cho Jinn 4 months ago
Arizona State University, huh.
Comment icon #4 Posted by qxcontinuum 4 months ago
To my knowledge; there was an object that exploded in the air over that area, years ago. It was heavily classified by usa which invested a lot of money in  reserch and made attempts to retrieve debries, having denied any private companies to do their own investigations until now. the meteor, IM1, crashed in 2014. The Defense Department confirmed to NASA in 2022 that the velocity of the meteor does “indicate an interstellar trajectory.”Jul 8, 2023  
Comment icon #5 Posted by Piney 4 months ago
And they are figuring out a lot of materials come from outside the solar system. It doesn't make it " alien technology"
Comment icon #6 Posted by Audio Imagez 4 months ago
I'm no scientist, but when things are looked at through a microscope, aren't they supposed to look different from the background?

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