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NASA: Don't Believe The 'Alien Life' Hype

From: Eustaquio Andrea Patounas <socex.ufobras.nul>
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 08:17:35 -0300
Archived: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:08:11 -0500
Subject: NASA: Don't Believe The 'Alien Life' Hype


Source: Digital Trends

http://tinyurl.com/4bys4n5

March 9, 2011


NASA: Don't Believe The 'Alien Life' Hype
By Andrew Couts

NASA and many in the scientific community say a recent study
claiming to have found conclusive evidence of alien life is
likely incorrect.

A newly published study claiming evidence of alien life is most
likely incorrect, say NASA and its top scientists.

This past weekend, the Journal of Cosmology published a study by
Richard Hoover, a researcher at NASA's Marshall Space Flight
Center in Huntsville, Alabama, which claimed that fossils in a
rare meteorite were made by extraterrestrial bacteria. The story
became one of the most read news pieces online early this week.
But according to the Associated Press, many scientists say that
the study, Hoover and the Journal of Cosmology should not be
believed.

"There's a lot of stuff there, but not a lot of science," Rosie
Redfield, a microbiologist at the University of British Columbia
who closely reviewed Hoover's study, tells the AP. "I looked at
it and shuddered."

Rather than being made by micro-organisms from outer space, the
holes in the meteorite found by Hoover - who has made similar
claims twice in the past - were probably made by Earth-born
bacteria, say biologists. And despite assertions by Cosmology's
editor-in-chief, Harvard astronomer Rudy Schild, that "no other
paper in the history of science has undergone such a thorough
vetting," many scientists say the study was not actually peer-
reviewed.

"We thought the purpose of the exercise here is having it
released and having it discussed," Schild told the AP in an
interview. The Journal of Cosmology announced earlier this year
that it will soon shut down, which, Schild says, was "a factor
in play" in deciding to publish Hoover's findings.

Harry "Hap" McSween, one of the world's leading experts in
meteorites, further asserted that at least one of the three
meteorites Hoover used as evidence - specifically one that
landed in France in 1864 - had been improperly stored, and had
noticeable contamination.

"I don't think anybody [in the scientific community] accepts
this idea," said McSween. "Nobody thinks they are
extraterrestrial."

This is not the first time publicly-presented evidence of
extraterrestrials has been shot down by the scientific
community. In 1996, President Bill Clinton announced a study at
the White House that claimed that a Mars meteorite contained
proof of alien life. That study has since been shown to be
incorrect by many scientists.

So how did this story, which was a top read on Yahoo News and
FoxNews.com -where the story was originally reported - gain so
much popularity?

"It looks like it's kind of viral," McSween said. "It's
extraterrestrial life, that's why."



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