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Alien Life Discovered in a Meteorite! Or Maybe Not

The question of where life began is one of the enduring mysteries of science. Charles Darwin himself speculated that it might have happened in "a warm little pond," while modern biologists think the superheated water around seafloor volcanic vents is a more likely spot.

But a far more exotic proposal has been floating around for years: maybe life first arose in outer space and came to earth fully formed. It's an astonishing idea, but it's not completely crazy: after all, astronomers have discovered dozens of organic molecules floating in giant interstellar clouds.

It's no surprise, then, that a paper just published in the online Journal of Cosmology has suddenly grabbed the world's attention. It makes the audacious claim that a meteorite that slammed into France in the 1800s has clear evidence pointing to space-dwelling microbes. "The implications," says an online synopsis of the paper, "are that life is everywhere, and that life on Earth may have come from other planets."

But before anyone gets too excited, a little history lesson is in order. Back in 1996, TIME’s cover the astonishing words "Life on Mars." A NASA scientist claimed he'd found evidence that ancient bacteria had once lived inside a Martian rock that had been
picked up in Antarctica. Newspapers, magazines and TV broadcasts were all over the story, because while alien visitations are a staple of the UFO crowd, this discovery had a pedigree. It was NASA itself that made the announcement at a major press conference. The paper, meanwhile, had been published in Science, one of the world's top scientific journals, which gave it even more apparent gravitas.


http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2057461,00.html



I * COMPREHENSION ANSWER QUESTIONS 1-3 ACCORDING TO THEINFORMATION GIVEN IN THE TEXT. USE YOUR OWN WORDS.

1. Why do some scientist think that there is life in space?

2. What is the theory on which is the second paragraph?

3. Why the Time’s report became so important?

ARE THESE STATEMENTS TRUE OR FALSE? JUSTIFY YOUR ANSWERS WITH THE PRECISE WORDS OR PHRASES FROM THE TEXT, OR YOUR OWN WORDS.

4. Probably the life arose in the earth for the first time.

5. Really never has been found evidence of alien life in the earth.

II * USE OF ENGLISH (3 points; questions 6-9, 0.25 points each; 10-13, 0.5 points each)

6. FIND THE WORD WICH HAS THE FOLLOWING DEFINITION: "Something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain"

7. FIND IN THE TEXT A OPPOSITE FOR "deny" (VERB)

8. GIVE A NOUN WITH THE SAME ROOT AS "begin" (VERB)

9. WHICH WORD DOES NOT HAVE THE SAME MEANING? giant / huge / hug / large

10. TURN THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE INTO DIRECT SPEECH / REPORTED SPEECH. An online synopsis of the paper says "The implications are that life is everywhere"

11. TURN THE FOLLOWING SENTENCE INTO THE ACTIVE VOICE. Astronomers have discovered dozens of organic molecules floating in giant interstellar clouds.

12. USE THE WORDS IN THE BOXES TO MAKE A MEANINGFUL SENTENCE. USE ALL AND ONLY THE WORDS IN THE BOXES WITHOUT CHANGING ITS FORM:
believe
were
I
wouln't
If
aliens.
you
in
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13. REWRITE THIS SENTENCE CORRECTLY: We need to find someone to cut our grass.

III * PRODUCTION (3 points)

14. WRITE A COMPOSITION OF APPROXIMATELY 120 WORDS. FOCUS STRICTLY ON THE TOPIC:
Give your opinion about this topic: Would you think exist or not the alien life in other planets?



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