New Hope For Planet Earth

Our Mother and FatherFriends,

You know I am passionate about science and that I am always looking for some new information that will help those of us on planet earth live better, more productive lives. Well, I came across this story at (I realize this automatically discredits the story, but I’ll post it anyhow). (That picture you see, well, that’s probably carrying our mother and father on it!)

Well, here’s another, uh, evolution story. Oh, it at least is an origin of life story. Here’s how it begins:

Life almost undoubtedly began in space, and specifically in the hearts of comets, rather than on Earth, a new study claims.

Chandra Wickramasinghe, an astrobiologist at Cardiff University in Wales, and his team say their calculations show that it is one trillion trillion times more likely that life started inside a slushy comet than on Earth.

“The comets and the warm watery clay pools in comets are settings in which the organic molecules are transformed into living structures in comets,” Wickramasinghe said. “That transformation is more likely in some comet somewhere in the galaxy than in any small pond on the Earth.”

It sort of makes one wonder what these people actually have to do to earn their Ph D’s. Thankfully for us, it is all still speculation:

Wickramasinghe and his colleagues’ idea rests on the assumption that comets are full of porous clay particles that can hold water in a liquid form for eons.

Cometary missions such as Deep Impact have found evidence for a variety of silicates existing inside comets, but not clay per se, Morrison said.

The “assumption that Earth has very little clay while comets are full of clay is the key to their argument, and it is at best speculation,” Morrison said.

It is also an open question as to whether comets do indeed contain liquid water inside them and whether other star systems support comets at all, let alone clay-, water- or life-bearing comets.

If you’d like to subscribe to the prestigious International Journal of Astrobiology, it’s going to cost you: $300 for an institutional subscription, $109 for an individual subscription (must be very few people subscribing). Is there biology in the stars for us to actually study? Is there biology in the stars for people to write journals about?

Well, have fun this with theory! Seriously, what are the actual academic requirements for a degree in Astrobiology?


  1. ahmeddabi


  2. I do, that’s the whole point.


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