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SETI [ASTRO] Small Spherical Object Of Desire

Larry Klaes ( lklaes@bbn.com )
Mon, 03 May 1999 10:46:22 -0400

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>http://helix.nature.com/nsu/990429/990429-6.html
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>Small spherical object of desire
>SARA ABDULLA
>Nature Science Update
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>The announcement of signs of life elsewhere in the Universe
>-- such as in meteorites from the planet Mars -- may rest on
>the identification of tiny blobs seen in certain minerals as
>the remains of things that once lived.
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>Such announcements should be hedged with caution, as
>demonstrated in experiments by Brenda L. Kirkland of the
>University of Texas, Austin, Texas and her colleagues,
>reporting in the April issue of Geology. They have been
>looking at tiny spherical objects found in samples of the
>carbonate mineral calcite, and show that there is no way to
>distinguish between an organic or inorganic source for the
>blobs, just by looking at them.
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>Full story here:
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>http://helix.nature.com/nsu/990429/990429-6.html
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