Recent Research Publications

Recent publications by Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe and colleagues at BCAB in the open access peer-reviewed online journal Journal of Astrobiology and Outreach:


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David H. Krinsley, Barry DiGregorio, Ronald I. Dorn, Josh Razink & Robert Fisher, Mn-Fe-enhancing budding bacteria in century-old rock varnish, Erie Barge Canal, New York, Journal of Geology (March 2017)

Bill Napier, David Asher, Mark Bailey & Duncan Steel, Centaurs as a hazard to civilisation, Astronomy & Geophysics 56.6 (2015), 18-23

S.G. Coulson, M.K. Wallis & N.C. Wickramasinghe, On the dynamics of volatile meteorites, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 445 (2014), 3669-3673

S.A. Alharbi, M. Wainwright et al., Evidence in support of the theory of archipanspermiaJournal of Food Agriculture and Environment 9 (2011)

S.G. Coulson, Hydrodynamic modelling of cometary particles captured in aerogel and the Earth’s atmosphere, Meteoritics & Planetary Science 44.10 (2009), 1421–1430

S.G. Coulson, On the deceleration of cometary fragments in aerogel, International Journal of Astrobiology 8.1 (2009), 9-17

B.E. DiGregorio, The Viking labelled release experiment controversy: why does it exist and when will it end? Journal of Cosmology (September/October 2011)

R. Gangappa, N.C. Wickramasinghe, S. Kumar & G. Louis, Growth and replication of red rain cells at 121oC and their red fluorescence, Proc SPIE 7819 (2010)

C.H. Gibson, N.C. Wickramasinghe & R.E. Schild, Primordial planets, comets and moons foster life in the cosmosProc SPIE 7819 (2010)

C.H. Gibson, N.C. Wickramasinghe  & R.E. Schild, First life in primordial-planet oceans: The biological Big Bang, Journal of Cosmology 11 (2010), 3490-3499

C.H. Gibson, R.E. Schild & N.C. Wickramasinghe, The origin of life from primordial planets, International Journal of Astrobiology, 10.2 (2010), 83-98.  doi:10.1017/S1473550410000352

D. Krinsley, R.I. Dorn & B. DiGregorio, Astrobiological implications of rock varnish in TibetAstrobiology 9.6 (2009), 551-562. doi:10.1089/ast.2008.0238.

K. Rauf, A. Hann, C. Wickramasinghe & B. DiGregorio, Microstructural investigation of the Carancas meteorite, Int. J. Astrobiol. 10.2 (2010), 105-112

K. Rauf & C. Wickramasinghe, Evidence for biodegradation products in the interstellar mediumInt.J.Astrobiol. 9.1 (2010), 29-34

K. Rauf, A. Hann, M. Wallis & C. Wickramasinghe, Study of putative microfossils in space dust from the stratosphere, International Journal of Astrobiology 9.3 (2010), 183-189

K. Rauf, A. Hann & N.C. Wickramasinghe, Microstructure and elemental composition of the Tagish Lake meteorite and its astrobiological implications, International Journal of Astrobiology 9.1 (2010), 35–43

M. Tuleta, L. Gabla & N.C. Wickramasinghe, Slow ion irradiation of sugar: astrobiological implicationsInt.J.Astrobiol. 8.4 (2009), 317-319

M.K. Wallis, J.T. Wickramasinghe & N.C. Wickramasinghe, Mars Polar Cap: a habitat for elementary life, Int.J.Astrobiol. 8.2 (2009), 117-119

J.T. Wickramasinghe, N.C. Wickramasinghe & W.M. Napier, Comets and the Origin of Life (World Scientific, Singapore, 2010)

C. Wickramasinghe, Viva panspermia, The Observatory Magazine (June 2010).

J.T. Wickramasinghe, N.C. Wickramasinghe & M.K. Wallis, Liquid water and organics in comets: implications for exobiology, Int.J.Astrobiol. 8.4 (2009), 281-290

N.C. Wickramasinghe, Spectroscopic evidence of cosmic life,  Int.J.Astrobiol. 11 (2010), 3476-3488

N.C. Wickramasinghe, The astrobiological case for our cosmic ancestryInt.J.Astrobiol. 9 (2010), 119-129

C. Wickramasinghe, Bacterial morphologies supporting cometary: a reappraisal, International Journal of Astrobiology 10 (2011), 25-30.  doi:10.1017/S1473550410000157

N.C. Wickramasinghe, J. Wallis, C.H. Gibson & R.E. Schild, Evolution of primordial planets in relation to the cosmological origin of life,  Proc. SPIE  7819 (2010).

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Microfossils in comet dust and meteorites support panspermia (Nov. 2010):