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Men maybe from mars, but bacteria get transferred from venus?

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Does Venus have life in its atmosphere?” was the bold headline of the article in the science section of the Times of India (May 1st, 2008), and The Economic Times. From the article,

“According to latest research, the planet Venus has microbial ecology high in its atmosphere.”, Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe of Cardiff University said.

“Every 580 days, when the Sun, Venus and Earth are in a line, microbes from Venus can be transferred to the Earth. The planets Venus, Earth, Mars are surely interconnected biologically and life on earth represents a connected chain of being that extends to the remotest corner of the cosmos.”

I know prof Wickramasinghe is a proponent of panspermia, but this claim does seem rather extravagant, to put it very mildly.

It seems The Hindu* has the same article online. Don’t these people bother to employ a science editor to glance through whatever they copy & paste from some source?

*- The newspaper, not the religion.


Written by parseval

May 1, 2008 at 9:04 am

Posted in media, pseudoscience

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  1. Wickramasinghe and Jayant Narlikar have even proposed that diseases like SARS are a result of viruses hitting the earth from outer space (where they don’t specify, nor do they bother explaining how this is biologically possible). and yes, they get bold headlines in all our media outlets.


    May 2, 2008 at 9:01 pm

  2. life on earth represents a connected chain of being that extends to the remotest corner of the cosmos.

    Didn’t I tell you we are distant cousins of Ford Prefect…

    For a while now (after the lay out change adopted a few months back) HIndu simply copy/pastes many stuff from the international editions of other news papers. A typical one is the last page, which is full of such stuff.

    And as we (bloggers/internet mongers) get to read most of these stuff two or three days back, I catch most of these stuff at a glance.



    May 21, 2008 at 1:41 am

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