This is a quick blog post as a follow up to my previous blog post: “Has alien life been found in a meteorite? Or the sky? Or [Insert Location Here]?“
The recent “Alien Life Detected In The Atmosphere” headlines all arise from this paper: “Isolation of a diatom frustule fragment from the lower stratosphere (22-27km) – evidence for a cosmic origin” (PDF). It was published in the Journal of Cosmology.
In summary: a team of scientists sent a balloon to an altitude of 22-27 km. When they retrieved it, they claimed to have found a diatom (a microscopic plant). They state that the only way that this diatom could have been found at an altitude of 22-27 km was if it had come from space. Hence, they have discovered that panspermia is indeed real and, in fact, is still going on.
If you open the PDF paper you’ll see that it was accepted for publication on August 9th 2013.
And if you read the abstract you’ll see:
Sampling of the stratosphere at heights between 22 and 27 km was carried out in the UK on 31st July 2013…
The “scientists” sent the balloon up on 31st July 2013, “the sampling drawer was opened for 17 minutes as the balloon rose from 22026m to 27008m”, and then the “sampling apparatus was returned to Earth (by parachute) undamaged and completely intact”.
Then, within 10 days, the “scientists”:
- Inspected the sampling apparatus.
- Searched for biological matter.
- Found and imaged the diatom.
- Concluded that it was alien.
- Wrote a paper.
- Submitted the paper to a “scientific” journal.
- Had this paper, which detailed the most remarkable discovery in the history of science, …ahem…peer reviewed.
- Had the paper accepted into the “scientific” journal.
Impressive turnaround, don’t you think? *.
Now excuse me while I mock all my scientist friends that take months (or even years) getting their papers published, what with all the revisions that the peer review process forces them do. Perhaps if they wrote better papers in the first place, there would not be so many to-ings and fro-ings. ;)
* I’m not a scientist. I’m assuming that this sort of incredible news would take longer to get accepted into a journal.