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Politicians don't want to find alien life

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We could find alien life but politicians don't want to, claims scientist

This is according to Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at Seti Institute

Data suggests our galaxy has 40 billion planets with potential for life

But finding these depends on sophisticated and expensive experiments

'Sadly much of this reconnaissance hardware is still on the drawing boards, not in space,' said Dr Shostak

While alien life can be seen nightly on television and in films, it has never been seen in space.

Not so much as a microbe, dead or alive, let alone a wrinkle-faced Klingon.

Despite this lack of protoplasmic presence, there are many researchers – sober, sceptical academics – who think that life beyond Earth is rampant.

They suggest proof may come within a generation. These scientists support their sunny point of view with a few astronomical facts that were unknown a generation ago.

In particular, and thanks largely to the success of Nasa's Kepler space telescope, we can now safely claim that the universe is stuffed with temperate worlds.

In the past two decades, thousands of planets have been discovered around other stars. New ones are turning up at the rate of at least one a day.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2723788/We-alien-life-politicians-dont-want-claims-scientist.html#ixzz3AHQFMrdm

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They're probably scared aliens can do their jobs better.

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I heard Neil deGrasse Tyson recently put it this way: "There are 4 common elements in the universe and our own bodies are made up of 3 of those. There has to be life elsewhere."

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Of course they don't want to find life on other planets, it might put their little black book into question. Plus if it doesn't kill vast quantities of people for God and country, what good is it. Pure science is just not the American way. :hmm:

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Maybe because it would expose them for the aliens they are.

I meant that in jest but now as I read over it, it occurs to me that politicians do a lot of things not very beneficial to mankind. Maybe they are in fact aliens or at least under alien control. That sign post up ahead is not Washington DC, it's the twilight zone.

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Well before this turns into a CT thread, the article ALSO stated

"First, we could find life nearby. There is real effort to do that, particularly in our reconnaissance of Mars. So far, most of the search has been indirect: deploying rovers whose job is to locate the best places to dig into the red planet, and possibly uncover either fossilised or extant microbes beneath the sterile surface.

These are not attempts to find life. They are attempts to find places where life could be found. Progress is deliberate, and it is sluggish. Without doubt, Mars remains the favourite bet for biology. Nonetheless, some experts prefer to wager on the moons of Saturn and Jupiter.

At least five of these satellites seem to be home to some sloshy environments – mostly liquid water, although in the case of Titan, natural gas. Again, the type of life that could best thrive on these moons would be microscopic.

Looking at it objectively, we 'are' looking for life, as best we currently can, starting in our own solar system, and we cant really travel any further...yet. We have yet to explore Europa or Ganymede for example, both have water.. plus the new Mars rover will be able to search for life past or present... but it all costs money! And takes time!

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Well before this turns into a CT thread, the article ALSO stated

"First, we could find life nearby. There is real effort to do that, particularly in our reconnaissance of Mars. So far, most of the search has been indirect: deploying rovers whose job is to locate the best places to dig into the red planet, and possibly uncover either fossilised or extant microbes beneath the sterile surface.

These are not attempts to find life. They are attempts to find places where life could be found. Progress is deliberate, and it is sluggish. Without doubt, Mars remains the favourite bet for biology. Nonetheless, some experts prefer to wager on the moons of Saturn and Jupiter.

At least five of these satellites seem to be home to some sloshy environments – mostly liquid water, although in the case of Titan, natural gas. Again, the type of life that could best thrive on these moons would be microscopic.

Looking at it objectively, we 'are' looking for life, as best we currently can, starting in our own solar system, and we cant really travel any further...yet. We have yet to explore Europa or Ganymede for example, both have water.. plus the new Mars rover will be able to search for life past or present... but it all costs money! And takes time!

Money that they have way more than enough of.

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I'd agree. Power is something most people don't want to give to anyone else. Much more those from other species.

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Odd article, though it is the DM... Why would politicians care about finding alien life; the key issue is funding for science - this isn't the sole responsibility of government(s)

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Odd article, though it is the DM... Why would politicians care about finding alien life

So they can open our borders to them for the votes. Like they're doing with the terrestrial aliens.

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