Redrain

Aliens sighted – they’re red and they’re wet

Never mind Roswell or Cloe encounters of the Third kind because scientists believe that they may have found the real deal.

It all has to do with a strange case of red rain that fell in India in 2001 which was rumored to contain cells unlike anything we have seen on Earth. Incredibly there is now evidence that these cells can reproduce.

In 2001, numerous people observed red rain falling over Kerala in the southern tip of India during a two month period. One of them was Godfrey Louis, a physicist at nearby Cochin University of Science and Technology. Intrigued by this phenomena, Louis collected numerous samples of red rain, determined to find out what was causing the contamination, perhaps sand or dust from some distant desert.

Under a microscope, however, he found no evidence of sand or dust. Instead, the rain water was filled with red cells that look remarkably like conventional bugs on Earth. What was strange was that Louis found no evidence of DNA in these cells which would rule out most kinds of known biological cells (red blood cells are one possibility but ought to be destroyed quickly by rain water).

Louis published his results in the peer-reviewed journal Astrophysics and Space in 2006, along with the tentative suggestion that the cells could be extraterrestrial, perhaps from a comet that had disintegrated in the upper atmosphere and then seeded clouds as the cells floated down to Earth.

Source:Technology Review

Why am I reminded of H.G. Wells and the song Red Weed from Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds.

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