View Full Version : Tiny metal spheres spewing goo

2015-Feb-17, 02:04 AM

I have seen several articles related to the supposed find with samples taken in the stratosphere of tiny titanium spheres that appear to be releasing some form of organic material into the atmosphere http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2955620/Did-aliens-send-metal-orb-seed-life-Earth-Microscopic-sphere-contain-microorganisms-claims-astrobiologist.html.

The source appears to be a Milton Wainwright of the Astrobiology department of the University of Buckingham. The story is also linked to but from the express, on the university website http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/research/bcab/news.

All the articles seem to point to theories regarding the origin of the spheres, but what interests me most is what are the spheres, what is the organic material coming out of them. Does anyone know where further resources on this might be located? I think where they come from might be as interesting as what they are doing :)

I'm not sure such tiny spheres would have been used to seed life on Earth, and still be spewing organic material as the articles title suggests (daily mail) unless the devices are creating the organic matter, my thought is that whatever they are, they must have been put into the atmosphere recently.

Any thoughts?

2015-Feb-17, 02:15 AM
Discussed over a year ago in this thread (http://cosmoquest.org/forum/showthread.php?148605-Biology-Associated-With-A-Titanium-Sphere-Isolated-From-The-Stratosphere).

2015-Feb-17, 02:18 AM
Any reputable sources on this?

I think the whole 'appears to be oozing goo' is trumped up. I think it's a literal and deliberate misrepresentation of the structures in the photograph. The nodule is simply adjacent to another solid structure that happens to be shaped like a cone. Do they have reason to conclude that the substance is fluidic and in-motion, let alone coming from the nodule.

2015-Feb-17, 02:34 AM
Thanks for the info, I check some of the other thread. I was unaware this was an older story. Quite surprising.

2015-Feb-17, 02:05 PM
Wainwright doesn't know how such micro-things could get up into the upper atmosphere, and therefore concludes they must come from space. BUT....

Microorganisms may be vertically transported into upper atmosphere via various mechanisms (Griffin, 2005 (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/B:AERO.0000032948.84077.12)).

2015-Feb-20, 09:35 AM
Wainwright has a reputation as a 'freethinker' at Sheffield uni; this appears to be code for 'mad as a fruitloop'.

2015-Feb-20, 02:55 PM
Wainwright has a reputation as a 'freethinker' at Sheffield uni; this appears to be code for 'mad as a fruitloop'.

2015-Feb-20, 07:45 PM
Spheres, goo and spew....three of my favorite words all in one thread.

I'm all about goo spewing spheres.

Also I like to say spew a lot ...spew, Spew, SPEW!!

Aside from all that, I'd be interested if anything was found out about said goo SPEWING metallic spheres...

2015-Feb-22, 12:38 PM
That sounds like a sleazy german movie... :D
Couldn't they originate just from white paint spray cans used at ground level?