In the latest conspiracy theory news, scientists have started theorizing whether penguins are actually alien life forms. This might sound like something out of an over-reaching science fiction novel, but there’s actually some plausible evidence in the case’s foothold. Here’s what’s going on.
A study was recently conducted by researchers in the United Kingdom. One of the findings saw a certain chemical that isn’t native to Earth, but was somehow discovered in the penguin subject’s droppings as per DailyStar.
According to Dr. Dave Clements of Imperial College in London, the phosphine finding is real but they “don’t know what’s making it.” For context, phosphine is found in the gases surrounding Venus, which is just a stone-throw away at 38 million miles from Earth. Cue the question marks as to how that chemical ended up in the penguin’s farewells. (Times Now)
The study was a collaboration between Nasa, the European Space Agency and the Canadian space agency, and focused on a myriad of extraterrestrial notions, from entities that may already be on our planet, to what could be out there. It was a study in liaison with research to do with the James Webb space telescope, set to launch on December 18.
The scientists are musing whether penguins could actually be aliens after the discovery, as the argument for how a chemical on Venus could possibly be in a critter’s faeces on Earth, is a little bit of a curious case.
As Clements notes, however, there are some anaerobic bacteria that produce phosphine. It’s found in pond slime and the guts of badgers and as well as the penguins’ guano. Perhaps a thinking point is why no one is asking whether badgers are also aliens.
Hence, as Clements expresses, the phosphine could be to do with defense against competing bacteria on Earth, but conspiracy theorists may shake their heads at that argument.
Nonetheless, penguins are the current hotbed for contestation in Space talk, (alongside Elon Musk’s civilian space mission). Maybe their little black and white suits did always look a little too out of this world.