Still, by my standards, even if qualified to "Microbes that Might Have Been Extraterrestrial Landed in India Five Years Ago!", it's still pretty exciting to think about.
Here's the story. It seems that in 2001, some mysterious red rain fell in India (specifically in the state of Kerala). No one is yet sure what caused it; there are a number of theories, apparently. (In the popular, slang use of "theory" to mean "hypothesis" rather than the scientific sense of "well-confirmed scientific explanation".) One theory, put forward by a scientist named Godfrey Louis, is that (in his words):
the red particles, which caused the red rain of Kerala, are possibly of extraterrestrial origin... the absence of DNA argues against the biological nature of these red rain cells. But I wish to consider the possibility of alternate biomolecules in these cells whose origin is now suspected as extraterrestrial. This way the cells may represent an alternate form of life from space...Dr. Louis has published one peer-reviewed article putting forward this idea; further are in process.
What can I say but: wow.
Disclaimer: Histrionic image of invading aliens
utterly unrelated to the otherwise factual, or at
least possible, aliens referred to in this blog post.
They're not even invading India.
(This little news tidbit via the blog of SF writer Nick Sagan, whose work, I must admit, I've never read -- but it seems from his blog that he's a local boy, so I suppose I should check out his (doubtless splendid, given his fine place of residence) work.)