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UK Scientists Speculate Aliens Seeded Our Planet With Life, Theory Originates From Nobel Prize Winner Francis Crick [PHOTO]

By Marisa Lewis | February 13, 2015 09:55 PM EST

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U.K. scientists have recently been examining a strange finding - a miniscule metal globe gathered by a high-flying balloon in the Earth's stratosphere. According to the Huffington Post, astrobiologist Milton Wainwright and his team of researchers believe that it may be a micro-organism deliberately sent by aliens to create life on Earth.

Wainwright is a professor, and is a senior lecturer in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Sheffield. According to Express, he stated of the object, "It is a ball about the width of a human hair, which has filamentous life on the outside and a gooey biological material oozing from its center. We were stunned when X-ray analysis showed that the sphere is made up mainly of titanium, with a trace of vanadium."

He continued, "One theory is it was sent to Earth by some unknown civilization in order to continue seeding the planet with life. This seeming piece of science fiction - called 'directed panspermia' - would probably not be taken seriously by any scientist were it not for the fact that it was very seriously suggested by the Nobel Prize winner of DNA fame, Francis Crick. Unless of course we can find details of the civilization that is supposed to have sent it, in this respect it is probably an unprovable theory."

The Huffington Post reports that directed panspermia is a theory that suggests life spreads across the known physical universe, hitchhiking on comets or meteorites.

For now, it seems that the theory is indeed unable to be proven. However, the timing of Wainwright's find is somewhat interesting in that it coincides with a recent call made by the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence institute (Seti) to actively contact intelligent life on other worlds.

According to BBC, researchers at Seti have been listening for signals from outer space for more than 30 years using radio telescope facilities in the US. So far, nothing has been picked up. However, those at Seti believe it is time to search a little harder. Dr. Seth Shostak stated, "Some of us at the institute are interested in 'active Seti,' not just listening but broadcasting something to some nearby stars because maybe there is some chance that if you wake somebody up you'll get a response."

What are your thoughts on extraterrestrial life?

Tagged :  alien, Francis Crick, Nobel prize

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