I skipped the Discovery link to avoid hype and went directly to the Harvard link.
Disappointing. One expects a certain sobriety from scientists and yet something is terribly wrong here. The article is peppered with weasel words: an unusually vague 'theory'; and words like: could, might, if, potentially, would, and the ever dreadful 'assumes'. Let's hope that the actual paper will have a more solid foundation.
What the hell do expect when academia at places like Harvard has become little more than "publish or die" rat race. The quality of the paper does not matter for shit anymore what matters is the paper that it is written on and the fact that it was published. I doubt that pier review means anything near as much as it once did in the gilded halls of Harvard. In fact most likely if a negative pier review occurs it is quickly suppressed in the Deans office if the so called academic has rich parents or relations!
It is almost as if Dr Venkman has tenure as far as some so called research goes. It is blatantly obvious that the rich are completely calling the shots in the top universities these days. I am not at all surprised that foot ball at Harvard is not top notch because the rich parents usually do not have kids that can play football worth shit. Harvard has become is a place to put rich kids so that they can put that Harvard on their CV to impress the CEOs political movers and shakers and other upper class society peoples that their parents introduce them to after they "graduate". Skull and Bones and BULLSHIT is the real order of the day.