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Indian Space Agency Detects Possible Life on the Moon

There may not be a man in the moon, as reported in the nursery rhymes, but, it turns out, that doesn’t rule out mi­crobes. And even though they may have died long since, if they are there at all, it means they were once alive and that Earth’s barren rocky satellite may not always have been the lifeless orb we have been led to believe. The recent discov­ery of significant quantities of water near the lunar poles may have been but a precursor to even more astonishing news.

Indian scientists have detected signs of life on the moon. According to Bhargavi Keru of Daily News & Analysis (DNA), an Indian online news service, before crashing into the moon in November, India’s Chandrayaan-1 lunar mis­sion picked up what appear to be signs of organic molecules. Surendra Pal, associate director of the India Research Organization (Isro) Satellite Center (Isac), made some details public at the international radar symposium in Banga­lore in December. The carbon molecules detected may have been deposited by meteors or comets, but still, the dis­covery of any life on the moon would cause a sensation.

At this point nothing official has been released. “It is too early to say anything,” R. Sridharan, the director of Isro’s space physics laboratory, told Keru. He did not, however, deny the finding. Peer review procedures are said to be un­derway.

Traces of amino acids were turned up by the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 which brought lunar soil samples back to earth, but nothing further was ever confirmed.

The Case for Life on Mars Gets Stronger

In 1996 NASA made headlines around the world when it announced that life had been discovered on Mars. President Clinton even joined in the hoopla. Analysis of Martian meteorites found in Antarctica revealed what appeared to be microscopic fossils in the rock. Before long though the view that life had been discovered on our neighboring planet was set aside. Experts just weren’t sure that the formations could not be explained by processes other than life. Fast forward to 2009.

Using new technology not available in 1996, science has looked at another very old Martian meteorite and pro­duced even more compelling evidence that some kind of bacteria must have done the job. NASA scientist David McKay and others have peered at the rock under a scanning electron microscope and seen what is almost certain to be nano-scale fossils of bacteria-like life forms.

In the meantime another study of methane on Mars has now ruled out almost all possible sources for the large quantities of the gas which are present, except life. Reactions between volcanic rock and water have not been entirely ruled out, but Dr. Richard Court, at Imperial College in London, believes life is the most likely explanation; and un­like the meteorite research, the methane study points to life going on right now. Something is constantly producing new methane to replenish what the harsh Mars environment is regularly destroying.

While many in the alternative science community believe there is a great deal of evidence for much more than mi­croscopic life on Mars—perhaps even ancient civilization—many will take heart from the new studies, seeing them as signs that at least some scientific progress is being made, albeit slowly. Hopefully it will not take as long for human knowledge to move from microscopic to intelligent life as did the development in nature itself.

Steorn’s Free Energy Demo

In August of 2006 Steorn, a small but brash Irish technology development company, ran a full-page ad in The Econo­mist magazine announcing that it had achieved over-unity technology and could produce free energy on demand. The world laughed, and despite an invitation to engineers and scientists to help test their technology, few have taken them seriously. Michio Kaku, for one, called it “a fraud.” Forbes Magazine said it was “powered by blarney.” Several failed attempts to demonstrate the system have not done much to boost confidence. All that could be about to change, though. That, at least, is what the company says.

At the end of 2009, Steorn announced that a public demonstration of their magnet motor would be held at the Waterways Visitor Centre, one of the more public venues in Dublin. The event was scheduled to last for six weeks and to provide live test and replication sessions. Orbo technology, as the system is called, says Steorn CEO Sean McCarthy, can be engineered to power anything from a phone to a fridge to a car. It is controversial, he argues, be­cause it is an “over-unity” technology, meaning that it produces more energy than it consumes without the degrada­tion of its constituent parts. This is an apparent violation of the Law of Conservation of Energy, which states that en­ergy can neither be created nor destroyed. The implications, not just for energy production but for society as a whole, are profound.

Demonstrations are available on line:

Stay tuned.

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