ALERT! SCIENCE SAYS THE SUN WILL RISE AGAIN TOMORROW!
You can’t pick and choose what science to believe and what to deny. It isn’t honest. If you are going to deny evolution or climate change or something like that, turn in your ipads, smart phones, antibiotics, gps systems and everything else science-y that you benefit from. General relativity is “just a theory”, after all. Here is a great blog on the topic from national public radio.
People always ask me about “aliens” (which they mean the bug-eyes greys that haunt book covers worldwide). Those are fictional. The stories of the grey aliens and stories of medieval demons are nearly identical; just a story passed down when people don’t understand science. However much I want those to be true, they aren’t. I absolutely think that it would be improbable for life to not exist outside of Earth. Since most of life on Earth is microbial, we can reasonably expect that when we search for life outside the biosphere, we are looking for bacteria or protists.
We used to think that liquid water in the solar system was rare, that only Earth had that special formula. It now appears that gravity, geology, radioactivity and antifreeze chemicals like salt and ammonia have given many “hostile” worlds the ability to muster the pressures and temperatures that allow liquid water to exist. And research on Earth has shown that if there is water, there could be life. And by life I mean microbial life.
This is a meteorite from Mars called Allan Hills 84001, found in 1996, that contains what appears fossilized bacterial life forms. After 20 years of analytical research with increasingly more advanced tools, the team decided that, “None of the original features supporting our hypothesis for ALH84001 has either been discredited or has been positively ascribed to non-biologic explanations.” In other words, they can’t disprove the claims, nor can they produce similar features using non-living compounds. There are so many more quirks to this Martian tale, but those are stories for a different day.
ALIEN LIFE FORM DISCOVERED: A well-respected NASA scientist, Dr. Richard Hoover, has found cyanobacteria in a CI1 carbonaceous meteorite and has published his findings in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Hooray, aliens! Over 100 of the world’s leading scientists have had a chance to dissect his findings (like good science, which is based on skepticism, evidence, and critical debate and not on faith or belief). Their comments will be published next week in the Journal of Cosmology.
Dr. Hoover says, “the exciting thing is that they are in many cases recognizable and can be associated very closely with the generic species here on earth.” I think I have been waiting for this my whole life.