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Ancient Comet Fragments Found In Antarctic Snow

Soulskill posted more than 4 years ago | from the cool-and-collected dept.

Space 92

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from Cosmos Magazine: "Two tiny meteorites recently recovered from Antarctic snow contain material dating back to the birth of our Solar System, and may provide clues about the delivery of organic matter to Earth. Researchers believe that these micrometeorites likely came from the cold, comet-forming outer regions of the gas and dust cloud that comprised the early Solar System, and sample its composition. Discovered in 2006, the particles measure less than 0.25 mm across and survived their journey through Earth's atmosphere relatively unscathed. More importantly, scientists found that they contain unusually high amounts of organic matter."

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RUN! (5, Funny)

PedoPope (1806810) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148158)

re:"More importantly, scientists found that they contain unusually high amounts of organic matter." Just before he choked, fell to the ground, and turned into a multi-tentacled extra terrestrial and savagely attacked the audience.

Re:RUN! (4, Funny)

Xyrus (755017) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148626)

Can you please keep your hentai fueled Japanese tentacle fantasies to yourself?

Thanks,
  The Managerment

Re:RUN! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32148742)

Oh hell no, no you don't!
I've been screwed too many times for sexual harassment, we'll be keeping the closed cubicles and hentai tentacle rape.
Let me have my reeeleeeease!

Re:RUN! (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 4 years ago | (#32149122)

Hentai? Sounds like H.P. Lovecraft to me.

Re:RUN! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32149164)

Depends on how precisely they "eat" you...

Re:RUN! (1)

vegiVamp (518171) | more than 4 years ago | (#32152870)

Yes. Hentai Porn Lovecraft.

Re:RUN! (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 4 years ago | (#32159440)

Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!

Re:RUN! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32151984)

Dumbass, he's referencing 'The Thing'. Go watch it.

Re:RUN! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32160658)

I believe he was referencing the 1982 remake of "The Thing" and as such, is completely acceptable.

Re:RUN! (3, Informative)

reset_button (903303) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148826)

Run? We need to explore! I see the words "ancient" and "Antartica", and I think awesome chair weapon to fight off the Goa'uld. Of course, the ZPM is probably depleted...

Re:RUN! (1)

xerent_sweden (1010825) | more than 4 years ago | (#32149746)

Only on Slashdot would this be moderated "Informative".

Re:RUN! (1)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 4 years ago | (#32149836)

You're forgetting that we also found a frozen ancient in the ice that was still infected [gateworld.net] with the plague that drove the ancients to Atlantis [wikia.com] several million years ago.

Re:RUN! (1)

matt3k (751292) | more than 4 years ago | (#32151300)

When is see "ancient" and "Antartica" only GWAR comes to mind.

Re:RUN! (2, Insightful)

AmonTheMetalhead (1277044) | more than 4 years ago | (#32153018)

America must be destroyed

Re:RUN! (1)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | more than 4 years ago | (#32159736)

"I think awesome chair weapon to fight off the Goa'uld."

Just have them meet MicroSteve. Regardless of who loses, the humanity will win.

Re:RUN! (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 4 years ago | (#32150818)

"More importantly, scientists found that they contain unusually high amounts of organic matter."

Official breakdown of organic matter:

22% crumpets
37% butter
34% strawberry jam
7% tannin from Earl Grey tea.

Conclusion: On the day of the solar system's initial installation, somebody was having breakfast.

I thought about two entities... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32151280)

... on in each of the fragments, which would regenerate under the right lab conditions and start/continue their evil vs. good fight over the Universe, Earth included.

Then I thought, maybe it's that Alien x Predator thing.

Then I thought about the Predator working in a new ST franchise... or in B5, with that awesome Alien-like shape-shifting entity from other Universe (7 of 9 is cute but that was a mistake, I think...).

Let me see... I like comets. Right, it's on-topic now. 8-P

Re:I thought about two entities... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32151936)

Shut the hell up.

Re:I thought about two entities... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32157960)

> Shut the hell up.

Go on, make my day...

(voiced as Dirty Harry)

Doctor Who? (1)

SheeEttin (899897) | more than 4 years ago | (#32152364)

Is... is that a Doctor Who reference [wikimedia.org] ?

Space Jizz (0)

cosm (1072588) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148166)

Apparently the big bang has some evidence to back up its sexual connotations. We got blasted with pansperm!

Re:Space Jizz (1)

MrShaggy (683273) | more than 4 years ago | (#32150670)

Every-time I look at you I jizz my pants

this theory again (2, Insightful)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148184)

There seems to be a disagreement about whether or not organic materials just were here, formed here, or were brought here by an outside source. This article seems to be leaning towards the organic meteor theory but here's a fun question: where did the material on the meteor come from then? The answer is usually "another planet" but then why couldn't the materials have formed here just as easily?

Re:this theory again (5, Informative)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148216)

Organic materials are just a class of chemicals - nothing to do with life as such. By now, it is pretty clear from spectroscopic measurements that the universe is full of simple organic matter like methane, methanol, ethanol, acetic acid, simple amino acids and the like. So it is not that surprising that this comet fragments carry organics. They form all the time, all over the place. This is of course essential for the formation for life, but the availability of small organics is not the critical step.

Re:this theory again (1)

Ambiguous Coward (205751) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148420)

...why couldn't the materials have formed here just as easily?

Because saying "panspermia" is much more fun in a naughty sort of way.

Re:this theory again (4, Informative)

Trepidity (597) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148428)

It unfortunately doesn't appear to be freely available online anywhere, but you might be interested in this survey paper [nature.com] if you have access to a university library.

Re:this theory again (1)

MrMr (219533) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148640)

The organic materials on the meteors came from earth Mark I.
Sheesh, everybody knows that.

Nah, not really a problem, no matter the details. (0, Troll)

WheelDweller (108946) | more than 4 years ago | (#32149228)

I'm sure we're gonna find some little nose-hair of some alien being that'll PROVE Christianity's just a farce. :)

(It won't, I promise you. You're in MORE danger of proving the Bible right in MORE ways than disproving it.)

Ya know, if it's all random, outta-nowhere conversion of light into matter, and this is just one of a billion Earths all class-M and full of apples and watermelons....

Why bother to study science at all? Randomness would have no 'secret' to decode, right? Pull out of science classes; drink more, don't you watch TV? Have random sex, hurt other people- nothing matters.

Unless it does.

There are dozens of proofs in the Bible; why not investigate for yourself? I used to be like any one of you guys; I used to CARE if a woolly-mammoth was found on another planted. Do you think I reached this conclusion by anything but the same logic you guys are using *right*now*?

Call me if you see a light-speed capable ship. I have a life to live.

Re:Nah, not really a problem, no matter the detail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32149672)

It sickens me to see child-think like yours come from ostensible adults. I weep for the world.

Re:Nah, not really a problem, no matter the detail (1)

MokuMokuRyoushi (1701196) | more than 4 years ago | (#32150302)

...even from a purely Christian POV, the parent is entirely nonsensical.

Re:Nah, not really a problem, no matter the detail (2, Interesting)

geekboy642 (799087) | more than 4 years ago | (#32150704)

You're in MORE danger of proving the Bible right in MORE ways than disproving it.

This is science. We disprove things for a living. Positive proofs are for math. There will never be a scientific discovery that proves the Bible is, like you imply, a completely true book. Instead, there will continue to be discovery upon discovery that--no matter what the book's place as a fantastic piece of history, the collected stories and an artifact of the gestalt of a bronze-age-era tribe--simply proves the asserted facts as untrue.

Ya know, if it's all random...nothing matters.

If the assertion that upon your death you will experience an eternity of unchanging consciousness doesn't scare the ever-loving shit out of every sane person here, the belief that this looming eternity is the only reason to even go on living should. You and I are the most advanced product of a process that has been ongoing for trillions of years. We are Star Stuff made into a thinking and reasoning being. My species is the ultimate in local technology: There is literally nothing superior to the noble homo sapiens. Science is no more than the process of asking how that happened and trying to answer that question. Your neo-barbarian cult papers over every question with "Ghost man inna sky dunnit."

There are dozens of proofs in the Bible;

This is enough of a weasel phrase that nearly any passage could fit it, and it's barely worth considering. But how about this: I assert that you cannot find one single true statement of unambiguous scientific fact in the Bible that goes against the contemporary prevailing beliefs of the society that produced it. Even something as simple as referring to an orbit would qualify, but I'm certain that even that mild of a truth is missing from the Bible.

Call me if you see a light-speed capable ship. I have a life to live.

Yes. You have a life to live. But you're expecting heaven as soon as you die, and here you are suffering through the drudgery of day-to-day life like a sucker. Serious question: Why do Christians not en masse undertake suicidally hazardous activities? Surely offing yourself would be a stronger message than the currency your kind uses today, like pedophile priests, abusive pastors, shouting TV charlatans, and proven fraudulent faith "healers".

Re:Nah, not really a problem, no matter the detail (0, Troll)

OrwellianLurker (1739950) | more than 4 years ago | (#32150790)

Serious question: Why do Christians not en masse undertake suicidally hazardous activities? Surely offing yourself would be a stronger message than the currency your kind uses today, like pedophile priests, abusive pastors, shouting TV charlatans, and proven fraudulent faith "healers".

Because suicide is a sin. How convenient.

Re:Nah, not really a problem, no matter the detail (1)

tyrione (134248) | more than 4 years ago | (#32150826)

Where the hell do you get Trillions of years? You're 100 times off and more.

Re:Nah, not really a problem, no matter the detail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32150934)

If you're counting only the present incarnation of our universe, then the figure is ~73 times off. Or did you imagine evolution only began when a cell underwent cytokinesis for the first time?

Re:Nah, not really a problem, no matter the detail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32154494)

You seem rather upset by the "religion" subject. Understandably--since you would be happy to divert attention from the tens of millions who have died so far from communism--a system grounded in which belief system by the way??

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32148196)

Looks like scientology was right after all.

WOW! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32148220)

These fragments are 6000 years old. Truly mind boggling.

Re:WOW! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32148490)

I don't think 6000 means what you think it means.

Re:WOW! (1)

Nyder (754090) | more than 4 years ago | (#32152322)

I don't think 6000 means what you think it means.

whoosh!

Megatron (2, Insightful)

ssentinull (1763168) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148222)

Transfomers got it wrong, he obviously landed in ANTarctica

Re:Megatron (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32148900)

Weird, that movie is currently running on pro7

hmmm (3, Insightful)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148262)

The panspermian theory seems to be a paradox. If organic matter came from somewhere else to here, how did it get to that somewhere else? And more importantly, how did it form?

They don't own all those planes for nuttin' honey. (2, Funny)

djupedal (584558) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148324)

> If organic matter came from somewhere else to here, how did it get to that somewhere else?

FedEx - overnite.

Re:hmmm (3, Informative)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148466)

It's not really a paradox, it just isn't an answer to how life originally arose.

(It is perfectly consistent for life to have originated somewhere else and spread here)

Re:hmmm (1)

sourcerror (1718066) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148810)

It's not a paradox, but doesn't answer the question we're actually interested in: how does life come into existence.

Re:hmmm (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 4 years ago | (#32149064)

Aside from the stupid music, this video is pretty interesting for explaining a possibility for the first few steps

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6QYDdgP9eg [youtube.com]

Re:hmmm (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#32149620)

Is there a reason you chose to repeat what I said?

Re:hmmm (1)

StuartHankins (1020819) | more than 4 years ago | (#32152384)

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?

Re:hmmm (1)

FatLittleMonkey (1341387) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148518)

(You say "organic matter" but I'm assuming you mean "biological matter". "Organic" doesn't mean alive.)

Originally, the idea was that life formed on a planet, once, and was blasted into space by meteor impacts, drifted to infect other planets. Rinse, repeat.

These days, the originators are all fringe science woo-woo.

A better modern form is the idea that prokaryotic life developed in the star-forming nebula that gave rise to our solar system. (Or even the one that begat the galaxy.) Lots of different places for weird chemistry, from gas, dust/ice grains, to planetesimals; with temperatures from near background to way-too-much, plus stars igniting and causing shockwaves which stir everything around. Ebbing and flowing for billions of years.

You're right that it only defers the moment of origin. But it defers it by a bucketload.

You're confused a little (4, Informative)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148522)

Organic matter != Life though. I'm not sure if Panspermia brought life to Earth or not, but the organic matter in comets isn't alive. It's just the building blocks that could potentally have been involved in life coming into being.

Re:You're confused a little (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#32149394)

It's just the building blocks that could potentally have been involved in life coming into being.

Or what's left of life after being boiled and frozen...

It's turtles all the way (4, Interesting)

mangu (126918) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148658)

Organic matter can mean a lot of different things. Simple organic molecules may form in the gas clouds in space which give origin to planetary systems.

More complex molecules are a different thing, many of those require liquid water to form. The most plausible answer is that compounds such as methane were formed in space and accreted into earth and the other planets.

Then chemistry in the earth atmosphere and oceans built those into more and more complicated structures until life began.

Re:hmmm (3, Insightful)

cyberthanasis12 (926691) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148906)

And more importantly, how did it form?

That's easy. When a star goes nova, it does nucleosynthesis, which means that carbon (and lithium and oxygen etc) are synthesized by helium, which has been synthesized by hydrogen.
Now, Sun is third or fourth generation star, which means that it is made of leftovers of other stars which have gone nova (or supernova). Part of the staff of other stars was carbon.
As Carl Sagan used to say, our bodies are made by star dust.

Re:hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32152074)

Panspermia is more of an interesting thing to think about than a scientific theory. What testable predictions does it make? Is it falsifiable?

Re:hmmm (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 4 years ago | (#32167826)

The panspermian theory seems to be a paradox. If organic matter came from somewhere else to here, how did it get to that somewhere else? And more importantly, how did it form?

I wouldn't say it was a paradox, more of a cop out.

Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32148332)

If it turns out to be Ayiana (http://i42.tinypic.com/2lvi62r.jpg), please send me a clone.

Preparing for 2012?? probably! (-1, Troll)

3seas (184403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148340)

Organic material from space... of course...

Looking way out in space and back in time :
http://abstract-beliefs.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-big-is-universe-or-how-small-are-we.html [blogspot.com]

Looking at the very small to see further:
http://abstract-beliefs.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-small-can-we-see-or-how-big-we-are.html [blogspot.com]

Almost full circle
http://abstract-beliefs.blogspot.com/2010/04/almost-full-circle-through-science.html [blogspot.com]

The relevant part of the the first blog post mentioned in the above link (completing the circle):
"Whats to believe?

When the void became aware of itself a split happened into two, consciousness and existence. Two things that either are or they are not but they are symbiotic, given their origin. What exist in consciousness and in existence, are variables. Things change in the content of both. If you are all that exist, how do you know you will continue to exist? You must expand, so to know new and different. The religion of survival, we all have it, even god, where it comes from.

A way of knowing you exist, is to create life that will allow viewing and experiencing the contents of existence and consciousness in part, blind to the whole. We are but recorders that will someday report back to the whole. And what of our purpose, each one of us? To contribute to the insurance of survival. So of what use are you to the whole, if you don't? Why bring or allow you back if you are not going to help survival insurance? When you die and return to the whole, you judge yourself.

The survival instinct, built into all living things. Religion's a word that wouldn't exist without separation of beliefs. But all religions know survival.

The closer you are to knowing what is, the more control you have over what can be.

Made in god's image, we are. But we are in part, not whole. So it is even written, the flaw of god. The split of the void, birth of god. But purity whole is only the void. All outside is in part, including god. So sin but like god, to create, not destroy, as nothing is something to avoid!

Whats to come, perhaps by late 2012.
http://abstract-beliefs.blogspot.com/2010/04/let-there-be-light.html [blogspot.com]

Re:Preparing for 2012?? probably! (3, Insightful)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148364)

Whoa, dude... Haven't had shrooms this potent for years! What's your source for the stuff?

Re:Preparing for 2012?? probably! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32149554)

His black hole.

Re:Preparing for 2012?? probably! (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32153300)

not mine, but there is one at the center of our galaxy.

Re:Preparing for 2012?? probably! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32149556)

It's Tim Rue, a well-known long-time Usenet nutter. He's been around for decades defecating his brand of nonsense everywhere, especially in the Amiga world.

Re:Preparing for 2012?? probably! (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32153340)

The only proof there is, is that there are those who don't like my presence on the internet, anywhere on the internet. And that is the findings of mindspring investigation into complaints and the hacking of their server to make it look like I was complaining about myself. But they saw past they attempt.

There is a reason for the title "Anonymous Coward" and ultimately what are you really attacking here? NOVA and a research Scientist at the LHC?

The article is about organic matter found on earth but identified as coming from space. So we look at space...and some have a problems with that.
Maybe its a privacy thing, what is between their ears.

Re:Preparing for 2012?? probably! (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#32151852)

Well, I certainly know who the dealer was.
I heard it was some dude’s pop, Ben Addict (16).

Must be tough to have a child at that age. But I also heard he likes kids very much, so I think he’s OK with it.

Re:Preparing for 2012?? probably! (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32153354)

someone should mod you up seeings how relevant to the article your post is.

Re:Preparing for 2012?? probably! (0, Redundant)

3seas (184403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148470)

hmmm, so quick to judge, no surprise here on slashdot.

then someone asks what is my source. Only if they would have read the blog entries and accessed the links given on the blogs.

But then who here thinks NOVA (pbs) or scientist using the Large Hardon Collider have any clue what they are talking about?

Oh wait, such fast judgements and quick comments haven't taken the time to review the sources....

Go figure....

There is actually a good bit happening in and around 2012, from a science POV. But to many maybe caught up in a fictional movie by that name.

Re:Preparing for 2012?? probably! (0, Redundant)

3seas (184403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148650)

Someone said redundant so I shouldn't let them down but rather make the post connection they broke, while being almost redundant about the following.

hmmm, so quick to judge, no surprise here on slashdot.
then someone asks what is my source. Only if they would have read the blog entries and accessed the links given on the blogs.
But then who here thinks NOVA (pbs) or scientist using the Large Hardon Collider have any clue what they are talking about?Oh wait, such fast judgements and quick comments haven't taken the time to review the sources....
Go figure....
There is actually a good bit happening in and around 2012, from a science POV. But to many maybe caught up in a fictional movie by that name.

but not completely redundant:
What else is happening in 2012.
http://abstract-beliefs.blogspot.com/2010/04/big-picture.html [blogspot.com]

And the evidence of organic life from outer space fits in this big picture in expected ways..... shrug...
 

Re:Preparing for 2012?? probably! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32165288)

"organic life from outer space"

oh my science! organic CHEMICAL, not life.

want some organic chemical? take 4 hydrogen atoms and one carbon atom. stick em together. an organic chemical molecule.

organic life? take several million atoms, stick em together IN THE RIGHT WAY.

Re:Preparing for 2012?? probably! (1)

FreakyGreenLeaky (1536953) | more than 4 years ago | (#32153288)

Christ, you must be one of those boring smelly people at parties that everyone tries to avoid.

Re:Preparing for 2012?? probably! (1)

3seas (184403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32153382)

And you obviously are someone who thinks a mod score is what you are suppose to do to the poster modded.

try writing something relevant to the article. It may help hide your otherwise obvious intent.

Let me help: What do you suppose is going to happen when the LHC experiments advance our knowledge of what happened one millionth of a second after the big bang?
Play catholic in denial (history repeating it self.... Galileo).

Or maybe you have some idea as to where the organic matter came from, before it was in space to fall here?

Re:Preparing for 2012?? probably! (1)

FreakyGreenLeaky (1536953) | more than 4 years ago | (#32153940)

lol.

My, my, you certainly are a plank. You strike me as a follower of Blossom Goodchild et al.

How do you find it (4, Interesting)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148358)

When reading the summary, I wondered how they could find such a small thing. Here is what we find in the story:

To find these sub-millimetre-scale particles, Duprat and colleagues melted and sieved untainted snow that fell near the French-Italian CONCORDIA station in central Antarctica between 1955 and 1970.

I suppose since there isn't much dirt in Antarctica, any that you find has as good a chance of being a meteorite as anything else.

Re:How do you find it (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148758)

When reading the summary, I wondered how they could find such a small thing.

Maybe they just looked for the yellow snow . . . ?

Roach Turds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32148400)

"the particles measure less than 0.25 mm across"
are they sure the particles aren't just roach turds?

hey (1, Funny)

arcite (661011) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148434)

Send Kurt Russel to investigate!

Tekeli-li ! (0, Offtopic)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148456)

Isn't Del Tormo making a movie about this?

Oh Noes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32148588)

"Organic Material" = Black Oil. Colonization has begun.

WTF? (1)

KharmaWidow (1504025) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148736)

How does one find a grain of sand in the snow of a polar ice cap AND figure out that it is from outer space!?

Re:WTF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32148828)

By accident.

How big?!? (1)

marmaladeboy (1807766) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148746)

Makes you wonder how in the world they ever found them.

Chair (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32148814)

I call first dibs on sitting in the chair...

I dunno what the hell's in there (1)

catmistake (814204) | more than 4 years ago | (#32148860)

but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is.

I know I'm human. And if you were all these things, then you'd just attack me right now, so some of you are still human. This thing doesn't want to show itself, it wants to hide inside an imitation. It'll fight if it has to, but it's vulnerable out in the open. If it takes us over, then it has no more enemies, nobody left to kill it. And then it's won.

Careful with that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32149414)

Oy! Be careful with that! Wouldn't want to cause the second impact [wikipedia.org] now...

Incidentally (1)

sonicmerlin (1505111) | more than 4 years ago | (#32150590)

The particles in my body date back to the big bang.

Re:Incidentally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32152458)

The particles in my body date back to the big bang.

I found an entire planet underneath my house which appears to date back to the "beginning of the solar system".

But ssssh! don't tell anybody, I don't want someone to steal it.

Old stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32151944)

Two tiny meteorites recently recovered from Antarctic snow contain material dating back to the birth of our Solar System...

Doesn't all material date back an equal amount of time?

Re:Old stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32153194)

Ever heard of E=mc^2?

Imagine (1)

cavebison (1107959) | more than 4 years ago | (#32152486)

Reading this, I started wondering why no religions form around new scientific discoveries about the origin of life. Widespread spiritual beliefs and offshoots still seem to form in these latter days, like Scientology, but none seem to form around scientific indications of the origin of life. Scientology, for example, prefers to believe in aliens - something unproven - rather than, say, panspermia, which is a more likely origin story.

Why aren't there worshippers of great panspermia being, whose seed rains down on worlds from on high? Or a god who lives behind the curtain of quantum universes? There are many scientific concepts that would accommodate all the god-like powers we wish to attribute to a thinking being that somehow gives a rats about us.

But religions seem to prefer completely inane explanations involving talking animals and other implausible events. So many amazing discoveries made in recent history about where life came from, and nobody wants to worship them.

Re:Imagine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32153164)

"Scientology, for example, prefers to believe in aliens - something unproven - rather than, say, panspermia" - a theory of alien life is much more plausible than a theory of alien life?

don't get me wrong, scientologists imo are just people to stupid to realise they're reading a scifi novel written by a senile fool who thought he could be the next prohet of his own religion.

just thought it funny to compare them this way.

What kind of meteorite? disappointing (1)

jasper_amsterdam (788332) | more than 4 years ago | (#32152958)

"the particles measure less than 0.25 mm across"; so how the hell am I supposed to turn that into my epic sword?

comet found in arctic snow (1)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 4 years ago | (#32153370)

Also in the news:

Bear poop found in the wood.

What snow? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32153430)

Heck, I thought all of the snow in the world was melted by now given all of the irreversible global warming that has been going around.

This is stupid (0, Redundant)

KiwiCanuck (1075767) | more than 4 years ago | (#32154804)

Why are people reaching for the distant origin theory? I hate to break it to these people, but all the molecules necessary for life (C, H, O, N) is/was already available on Earth. In the presence of heat (energy) random molecules form. Add in a few million years, and presto life. It's simple thermodynamics. Or am I missing something?
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