Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Life from outer space?

Evidently, over the weekend, while I was taking my usual break from the internet, there was a big to-do about a paper allegedly showing microfossils in a meteorite. I'm actually surprised this story has gained any traction at all, since NASA didn't even bother with a press release (and as we know from the arseno-DNA event, they aren't shy about press releases). But there still seems to be buzz about this, so I thought I'd comment. Actually, I'm just going to recommend a couple of blog links which summarize my reactions rather well:

Has life been found in a meteorite? - Bad Astronomy
Is this claim of bacteria in a meteorite any better than the 1996 one? - RRresearch

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