All posts by William E. (Bill) Smith

William E. Smith, BSc (Special Maths), MBA, CITP, CEng, AKC
In 1996 at the age of 50, Bill took 2 years off to do an MBA at UVIC. This led to a work term in Malaysia with Microsoft where represented Microsoft on the revolutionary Malaysia Smart School project. From 1998-2002 Bill was employed by Microsoft in London and Paris.
In 2004, Bill was invited to teach a pre-MBA boot camp at Sharif University in Tehran (The MIT of IRAN).
Bill moved back to Victoria in 2005 and since that time has focused his time and energy between managing the IT aspects of his family’s 25 year old successful travel agency, Athlone Travel; contributing to local municipal committees; and continuing his study of physics and astrobiology. The latter is a lifetime passion, from his undergraduate days in London, where he studied relativity under the great scientist Sir Herman Bondi, later to become Head of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Over the past 2 years, 2013-2014, Bill has become a friend and colleague of one of Bondi’s peers, Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, and has dedicated his time to the study of Astrobiology co-authoring two published academic papers with Wickramasinghe.

Bill shares the Chandra Wickramasinghe vision that “Life is a Cosmic Phenomenon” and takes pleasure in the fact that he lived to see a time when Panspermia finally moved into mainstream science – in 2013 with the Kepler Mission discoveries.

2014-11-12 : Rosetta’s Philae Lander Lands on Comet 67P

Open letter to NASA :

To: dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov
Today’s  NASA press release seems to have forgotten that NASA and ESA have moved passed searching for water , and have started the difficult endeavour of seeking the signs of life.
For you to state the NASA instruments are looking for the signs of water, misses a huge opportunity to help the human community understand that we are now seriously seeking the signs of life  ie amino acids /DNA etc

I recommend this should be the focus of the high level PR over the next few weeks. If we fail to find signs of life then that WOULD also be serious news.

So far Rosetta has detected vast quantities of water, methane and alcohol.

Instruments on Philae (eg MIDAS instrument) can detect proteins, viruses and bacteria sized nanoparticles. If none are detected, then this would be a serious setback to intersolarsystem Panspermia.  Some are predicting fossilized diatoms in the surface pebbles; as well as dormat or even active Viruses and Bacteria under the surface.

Conversely finding such particles would be as significant as the Russian discovery of life growing on the outside windows of the ISS – samples returned to earth last week.

Which discovery will be published first to confirm that life is likely to be a cosmic phenomenon?

LifeonEarth2nanomeasures

2014-10-14 : The ISON/Pathogen Conjecture

Dear Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe : In March 2014, I completed a paper entitled “Comet ISON – The Carrier of Life from Another Star System”   See free PDF at http://1drv.ms/1o9sIhk . This is in the format of a magazine article but has not been published.  The conclusion on p.38 includes the following paragraph :

3.10 Can we expect new Viruses in 2014?
And of course anyone and everyone intrigued by the possibility that Comets deliver pathogens to Earth, will be carefully tracking any instances of new virus breakouts over the next 12 months (2014), hoping none are found and that Panspermia is untrue, as the consequences of Comets carrying new viruses is troubling at best.

Also in March 2014, I wrote the following paper on the Preliminary Results of Observations in January 2014 of a meteor shower of Comet ISON (C/2012 S1). Free PDF at http://1drv.ms/1o9t73m
The meteor counts are consistent with the hypothesis that earth did pass through Comet ISON’s long tail in January 7-23, 2014, and that this caused a significant increase in meteor counts as detected by observers in Minsk, Belarus.

Status – October 2014
It is with some concern that in October 2014, the Ebola and Enterovirus outbreaks are now accelerating. It also appears that the first instance of the current Ebola outbreak occurred on December 31, 2013. Wikipedia states “Researchers traced the outbreak to a two-year old child who died on 28 December 2013”.

I have felt that there were two contact moments when earth was potentially exposed to pathogens from ISON.

1.       On Nov 28, 2013, when the comet reached its perihelion and “exploded”, I calculated the “particles”, now small enough to be swept by the solar wind, would take just minutes to reach earth distances. BUT there were two unknowns :
a.       What was the “cone size and shape” from the explosion and
b.      would this “solar wind” created blast be directed into or close to earth. Would the solar wind pick up the pathogens whole before they were reduced to just complex molecules. Ie would a nanoparticle of the size of a virus (10-8 meters) be swept up by the solar wind before the heat broke it up into molecules?
2.       On January 7-23, 2014 as earth passes through ISON’s tail

I am hesitant to associate either of the current pathogen outbreaks to ISON, but do ask your guidance :

Here is my question : How would we begin to determine the possible bacterial/viral effect of ISON?  Would we not expect outbreaks of Ebola and Enterovirus to occur, over the next few months, in people and places with no contact with existing patients?

If this does NOT occur then this would disprove the ISON/Pathogen Conjecture.  Correct?

Bill Smith

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Hi Bill

I think your conjecture of a connection between new viral disease outbreaks and Comet Ison is valid on the basis of the comet virus theory.  However both the Ebola virus and the enterovirus have been endemic viruses for some time,  In the case of Ebola, particular localised reservoirs of have been identified and these may have been initially arrived from space.  Recent events are consistent with a transformative virion being delivendered at the times you suggest, and this has the effect of enhancing the virulence of the endemic viruses.  On this basis I would not expect to find new cases outside the existing reservoir areas except by means of aerosol transport if that was possible.  Perhaps a transforming virion addition could have the effect of rendering the Ebola virus more robust in becoming able to survive such transport.

Chandra

Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe
Director, Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology and Honorary Professor, University of Buckingham, UK
Visiting Professor University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Member of the Board of Trustees and Director of Research of the Institute for the Study of Panspermia and Astroeconomics, Gifu, Japan

 

2014-8-13: Rosetta takes first dust samples around 67P/C-G

Dear Dr. Alessandria (Rotundi) GIADA’s Principal Investigator : I enjoyed your BLOG at http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/08/13/giada-touches-the-comet/ and congratulate you and the Rosetta Team for your skill and determination.

I am updating WIKIPEDIA and have a question on the dust particles. I understand that contrary to popular belief, there ARE some  experiments on Rosetta which will in fact show how NASA and ESA since 2013 really are  “Beginning the Difficult Endeavor of Seeking the Signs of Life”.

NASA Search for Life
NASA Search for Life

BUT I would appreciate your guidance on how far ESA (and you) will be able to analyse the dust particles perhaps using this diagram as a guide for “layman understanding”.

whatisLife

Ie do your experiments only provide data relevant to organic and then perhaps complex molecules? Or would you be able to detect RNA? Or even “see” Viruses or Bacteria?

You already write : From the measured momentum of the impacts, it was possible to estimate the sizes of the collected grains, which range from a few tens of microns (comparable to the width of a human hair; size of Bacteria) up to a few hundreds of microns across (about 0.35 millimetres). See below :

Bacteria and archaea are 1->100 microns
Viruses 10nm -> 1 micron

sizeofparticles

Although 67P is a short period comet, it is possibly the result  of an ancient massive planetary impact and as such it would be reasonable to hypothesize that you should be able to measure complex molecules of RNA/DNA – perhaps even viruses and bacteria, and maybe fossilized diatoms. Would Rosetta or Philae have experiments that could see or test for such objects?

Results of Observations in January 2014 of a meteor shower of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON)

From January 10-17, 2014 the Earth was calculated to be passing through the long tail of COMET ISON. This project was designed to look for meteors possibly connected to ISON. I assisted a (Ukraine + Belarus) team of astronomers to analyze data collected from analysis of 54,000 images from Belarus, Ukraine and Spain. 43 meteor phenomena were detected. The results were statistically significant and confirmed the earth did pass through the tail of ISON even though by that date, ISON had already vaporized. My role was involved in the study of the radiant (the point in the sky where meteors radiated) : i.e. to confirm this meteor radiant was consistent with NASA’s published ISON comet orbit parameters. This required a collaboration between myself and Dr. Lubos Neslusan of Slovak Academy of Science (who had written a FORTRAN app which calculates a radiant given an orbit) . We were guided by NASA/JPL Comet orbit expert Dr. Alan Chamberlin who provided the ever-changing Comet ISON orbit parameters.

The published paper is here.

Bill Smith

PS words of caution : although the paper documents what appears to be compelling results, I have recommended the team repeat the experiment next January 2015 to confirm the meteor statistics over the same period, drop back to the 2012, 2013 levels.

2014-7-31 : Professor Chandra Delivers “RAY WIJEWARDENE 2014” Lecture

Anoma Wijewardene  thanks Chandra:  “For a scintillating, thought provoking, challenging and yet accessible to us laymen lecture. We have had enthusiastic response from all and so many are thanking us for the opportunity to hear someone they have longed to hear for years!   A great service to the Trust and the nation. We are deeply grateful” .

MTV Newsfirst provides 2 minutes of footage.

The poster for the RAY WIJEWARDENE 2014 follows.

This newspaper article from this morning’s SRI LANKAN Sunday Times by Smriti Daniel  captures the essence of Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe’s Lecture.

On 8 August 2014 02:12, Nalaka Gunawardene <alien@nalaka.org> wrote:

Dear Dr Wickramasinghe,

I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet you during the Ray Wijewardene Memorial Lecture in Colombo last week, but I enjoyed being in your packed audience.

I have just written up my impressions as part of my weekly column that appears in Ceylon Today newspaper, 8 August 2014.
Since the newspaper’s website is not well developed, and is poorly indexed, I archive my column in a dedicated blog:
http://collidecolumn.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/when-worlds-collide-116-did-we-all-come-from-outer-space/

I welcome your comments – and if you agree, would like to do an email interview that follows up on your lecture and recent biography, which I enjoyed reading.

Thanks and best,

Nalaka

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Science writer & communication consultant
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T: +94 11 4412 195; F: +94 11 4403 443; E: <alien@nalaka.org>
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Chandra  responded :

Dear Nalaka

Thank for sending me your article.  A good defense of orthodoxy!  I should comment that I never chose to be heterodox or follow the path of the maverick.  Only the facts directed me at all times!  I think that in unsolved problems in science (of which the origin of life is one) it is always the heterodox that turns out to be right,

I will be glad to give you another email interview, if you like.  I am copying this to my colleague to link your article to our website.

Best

Chandra

July 29, 2014 : ROSETTA Arrives at the COMET and the world watches on

July 29, 2014 : ROSETTA Arrives at the COMET67P –  and the world watches on. After coping for many months with the stresses of MH370, then MH17, we now have the Israel-Palestine confrontation showing the very worst of the human condition. To help us cope with these horrors, the world’s media did bring us the 2014 Brazil Soccer World Cup. It was an event which brought much needed joy to the world’s population. The good news is that we now have another global (or should I say Cosmic) event which is guaranteed to bring much needed joy.

So it is with optimism that we greet the arrival of the Rosetta Mission at COMET 67P.

This BLOG entry is addressed to the program planners at the BBC and CNN (et al) even at GOOGLE who did such a fine job covering COMET ISON’s perihelion disintegration event on Thanksgiving Eve last November 2013.

Lets re-explain how the Rosetta Mission has been journeying for 10 years. Wikipedia summarizes it well.  It finally arrives this month (August 2014). It is currently slowly pulling up alongside the Comet 67P – approaching kilometer by kilometer finally arriving next Wednesday August 6th. The best way to follow the arrival is on Twitter. There you will get daily links to news and current images.
You will recall TV coverage of ISON last October and November was substantial. CNN and the BBC realized that this was a compelling story and even though the COMET pretty much disintegrated in time for USA Thanksgiving Dinner, fortunately the Europeans continued to observe and as the Yanks were eating their turkey, the world watched something slowly reappear around from the back of the SUN. Awesome was the only word to describe that evening.

Well we are all expecting the excitement of Rosetta’s landing on the COMET 67P to be even more breathtaking. Of course people like myself are wondering if we will be able to detect “signs of life” once we are on the surface. But to the children of the world, the excitement will be landing on this massive asteroid orbiting the SUN.
Adults usually explain to their children how exciting it was when Man landed on the MOON in 1969. But to today’s young people, now used to robots, drones and virtual reality, this “experience” will be compelling. They will easily be able to feel they are actually inside the Philae Lander Craft.

It will be the actual landing and exploration of the surface of the comet which will hold the world spell-bound in November 2014. But as build up to this event, the next 3 months, especially the next 4 weeks, CNN and BBC can be expected to bring the world’s best TV Science Communicators to your TV screens to explain what is happening and to share the wonder.

 

2014-7-14 : Panspermia Evidence Summary 2014-4-1 -> 2014-6-30

The Last Six Months Developments as a Summary Hot List

April 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014 Here is my latest summary list of the items from the last three months on the http://panspermia.org website that we recommend you check out :

Best wishes

Professor Brig Klyce

Honorary Associate Professor, Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology

http://www.panspermia.org