Did alien organisms rain down in a strange red dust on northern India?
At least two scientists think so.
It all started when “scarlet showers containing the red specks hit parts of India in 2001. Researchers said the particles might be dust or a fungus, but it remained unclear.”
A new paper, however, “assesses various explanations for them and concludes that the specks, which vaguely resemble red blood cells, might have come from a meteor.” Strangely, the cells contain no DNA – yet appear to be biological.
Could this be close encounters of the viral kind? Space flu?
Or the seeds of an alien botany, aterrestrial gardens waiting for design by landscape architects? Vast, tentacled hedge-mazes spreading through the Indian Himalayas.
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