back to article Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

Top astrobiologists say that the approaching comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko could be loaded with slumbering alien organisms capable of living on Earth, which will wake up and become active as the frosty spaceball comes nearer and nearer to the Sun. Dr Max Wallace and Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe say that data from the …


    1. Johndoe888

      Re: life of some sort is probably inevitable....

      'PS We do of course we need supernovae to make the heavy atoms, but I am arguing that the evolutionary process is very powerful and therefore life of some form is inevitable.'

      Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.

      1. phil dude

        Re: life of some sort is probably inevitable....

        thumbs up for obscure seventies tv reference ;-)

        Heavy atoms are everything that is not Hydrogen....For life on Earth we need C,O,N,S,P,H and occasionally Fe,Va,Se etc....


        1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

          Re: life of some sort is probably inevitable....


          Isn't she the triple breasted bartender at Regulus Port?

  1. EL Vark

    Somebody call Quatermass!

    Or, wait, that never ends well for anyone, does it? I say nuke it. It's the only way to be sure.

    1. David Pollard

      Re: Somebody call Quatermass!

      Sadly they don't make boffins like that any more.

  2. Johndoe888

    The chances of anything coming from mars stars are a million to one he said.

    On the fourteenth day I went into the kitchen, and I was surprised to find that the fronds of the red weed had grown right across the hole in the wall, turning the half-light of the place into a crimson-coloured obscurity.

  3. Simon Harris

    The timing wasn't just coincidence.

    Saturday 13th June: Philae wakes up.

    Monday 15th June: The Clangers start broadcasting.

    I think we've found our alien organisms.

    1. Stevie

      Re: The timing wasn't just coincidence.

      Dear god, we defunded the Large Array of Swanee Whistles a quarter of a century ago too. We are doomed!

  4. aregross
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    The 'Comments' section is always the best part of the article and this one is no exception...!

    Thanxs All!

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    >"Top astrobiologists"






  6. Ilmarinen

    "more hospitable to micro-life than our Arctic and Antarctic regions"

    Err... apart from the hard vaccuum that is.

  7. John Savard

    Chandra Wickramasinghe is well-known as a supporter of Fred Hoyle's theories about panspermia, which have not yet won general acceptance in the scientific community. Thus, this news item is not likely to fill too many scientists with dread about the possibility of a looming plague. None the less, the Universe is a big place, and while contamination by alien life is unlikely to be a common thing, it's still a real possibility, so some degree of caution is reasonable.

  8. E 2

    It is all supposition.

    1. Arachnoid

      It is all supposition.

      Until it becomes inserted into the rectum then it becomes a suppository

  9. Lamb0

    ISS could be in BIG TROUBLE!

    It's not The Quatermass Experiment, The Blob, Species, or Alien(s).

    Beware of The Green Slime!

  10. Captain DaFt

    "This of course raises the possibility that the soon-to-active alien slime colonies of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko might find much of our planet to be prime real estate, ripe for a campaign of interplanetary conquest."

    Um... Nope.

    You see, Earth has one really big obstacle to overcome for simple life forms that didn't evolve here - free oxygen.

    It simply doesn't exist normally in nature, the pesky gas is just too reactive, it bonds with damn near anything.

    We breath it because some prehistoric organism started farting it out as a metabolic byproduct on our World, and for the rest, it was adapt or die.*

    Seeing as how Oxygen is not of the free gasses detected on the comet, any lifeform that somehow migrates to Earth from there will simply not be able to survive our corrosive atmosphere.

    *As a side note, adapting to metabolize oxygen really speeds up the old metabolism, and gives you the competitive edge on those sluggish methane and sulphur dioxide breathers**.

    **Not to be taken as a slur against methane and/or sulphur dioxide breathers. Many of my best friends are anaerobic!

  11. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    Cheers, and let's have a quite quiet drink to this and that.

    This of course raises the possibility that the soon-to-active alien slime colonies of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko might find much of our planet to be prime real estate, ripe for a campaign of interplanetary conquest. … Lewis Page

    A pint or two and a chat on the parallel reality of a savvy IT campaign registering an interplanetary conquest and unstoppable virtual defeat of all and/or any earlier established globalised alienating practices would not be a cock and bull tale to report on with future information, after a Clerk and Well visit this coming Friday afternoon, Lewis, be that the localised watering hole/nearest field office for sensitive communications?

    Advanced IntelAIgents be in the area then, testing fields and searching out forces familiarised and constantly upgrading performance parameters with proper preparations preventing piss poor performance/sub-prime continuity of politically inept progress.

    There a lot going on out there and all of it, and especially so in IT circles, far from normal.


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