Based on evidence found inside fragments of comet that fell in Sri Lanka last December, scientists have a tiny bit (pun intended) more evidence to support panspermia, the idea that life is spread throughout the universe by comets, asteroids, and planetoids sharing biological tidbits. Here's the article on the MIT Technology Review website.
What scientists found is "largely extinct marine dinoflagellate algae" and "another image [that] shows well-preserved flagella that are 2 micrometres in diameter and 100 micrometres long. By terrestrial standards, that’s extremely long and thin, which Wallis and co. interpret as evidence of formation in a low-gravity, low-pressure environment."
This is cool stuff! Now if only the rest of the scientific community can corroborate their research, we're well on the way to having physical PROOF that life exists on other planets. Wow. I wonder how many people that will shake up?
Thanks to Mike Caplanis for the heads-up on this. He feels "strangely reassured" about this, as do I.
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