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Kepler telescope finds over 1,200 planets

By T.K. Randall
February 3, 2011 · Comment icon 154 comments

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It is believed that more than 50 of those discovered may be able to support life as we know it.
Most extrasolar planets identified are too close to their sun to be able to support life so when a planet is found that seems to be in the "Goldilocks zone" things get a lot more interesting. The discoveries have yet to be confirmed however it is believed that over 80% of the planets found will eventually be verified.
An orbiting NASA telescope is finding whole new worlds of possibilities in the search for alien life, spotting more than 50 potential planets that appear to be in the habitable zone.


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Comment icon #145 Posted by lost_shaman 13 years ago
Because it isn't your disagreement that I am referring to. You said: "Are you really suggesting that if life didn't arise in the molten Mantel of the early Earth then life is "rare" in the Milky Way Galaxy?" I said: "I can't even imagine how you came to that conclusion." It is pretty clear that the issue is not that you disagree, but that you haven't the faintest clue what my position is, even after I pointed out that I had mentioned it several different times and showed you exactly were to find my exact statement describing my position. I'm sorry but begining with this statement, "It took alm... [More]
Comment icon #146 Posted by Hazzard 13 years ago
I wouldnt worry about it aquatus, shaman does this to everyone... for what ever reason...
Comment icon #147 Posted by lost_shaman 13 years ago
I wouldnt worry about it aquatus, shaman does this to everyone... for what ever reason... Thanks Hazzard for another unfounded and false defamation of my character. I didn't 'hijack' this thread and make it a discussion about myself or my character! But I certainly feel a need to defend myself here. Who wouldn't?
Comment icon #148 Posted by lost_shaman 13 years ago
A point cannot be "schitzo". People making a point can be schizo. I don't think there is anyone here who would doubt that you were not referring specifically to me. You have been warned. Do not do it again. A point absolutely can be 'schizo' without being a reference to a person! From Greek 'schizo' means 'split', the common understanding without further clarification is a reference to 'split from reality'. It's the Greek "phren" that is a reference to a persons "mind" in the word "schizophrenic" which means a "mind split from reality" and I didn't include it when I called your point "schizo".... [More]
Comment icon #149 Posted by lost_shaman 13 years ago
From The evolution of organic matter in space, P.Ehrenfreund, et al, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A (2011) 369, 538-554, with reference to this paper: Adenine is likely to have been the first nucleobase formed abiotically, and has been shown to remain in detectable concentrations still after 200 h at 300◦C under fugacities of CO2, N2 and H2 that are supposedly representative of those in marine hydrothermal systems on the early Earth [91]. Just my 2¢. Edit: typos Hey bmk, Saying a detectable trace might still exist after 200h @ 300C doesn't really say much when Adenine is known to form abiotically a... [More]
Comment icon #150 Posted by scowl 13 years ago
You are talking about Carbon based life right? If so, Life could have arisen more than once and then merged into what we have today or maybe even still exists in a "Shadow Biosphere" as Davies and Wolfe-Simon have hypothesized. Except we have found no evidence that other life forms "merged" into what we know as life today. It's all just speculation. There are lots of theories about early forms of life unlike the kind we know. Scientists have been looking for these life forms mainly in underwater volcanoes since those conditions would be similar to early Earth. So far they haven't found any. At... [More]
Comment icon #151 Posted by bmk1245 13 years ago
Hey bmk, Saying a detectable trace might still exist after 200h @ 300C doesn't really say much when Adenine is known to form abiotically at room temperature and colder even in ice, as opposed to decompose as it does at higher temperatures. The Author, Ehrenfreund, discusses the paper in this podcast from the Royal Society below. http://downloads.royalsociety.org/audio/DM/DM2010_01/Ehrenfreund.mp3 I recommend anyone interested in these subjects listen to Ehrenfreund in the mp3 above. Correction: has been shown, instead of might. Darn, on the other hand, I'm not sure citation was correct, I'll h... [More]
Comment icon #152 Posted by lost_shaman 13 years ago
Except we have found no evidence that other life forms "merged" into what we know as life today. It's all just speculation. There certainly is evidence of this, it is called "symbiogenesis". As lynn Margulis plainly states, "Symbiongenesis brings together unlike individuals to make large, more complex entities.". This certainly happens in nature and could be potentially used to explain very simple life forms arising independently early in Earth's history and then merging to form more complex and diverse prokayotic life that of course is 'life as we know it'. There are lots of theories about ea... [More]
Comment icon #153 Posted by Mangoze 13 years ago
Here's a schizo-perception. We are alone in the universe AND life is inevitable elsewhere in the Universe. Let me explain. Richard Dawkins used an analogy of life being like winning the lottery, in this broadcast, and somebody has to win the lottery. Granted, all the probabilities, multiplied together, intuitively approaches zero. However, the number of trials in the entire Universe intuitively approaches infinity. If you conduct enough trials, the most remote chance will occur. It is inevitable. As the universe is seemingly infinite in its vastness, there is no way we can interact with any ot... [More]
Comment icon #154 Posted by DONTEATUS 13 years ago
Like the energy thats sucked outta this place in times of ever,never,ending **EDIT** -Slapping ! To think that E.T is reading ever word of our post Is in its self A Frighting thing to ponder. And better yet To Think that they Are even paying attention to us Is even more Frighting ! But Afterall one needs something To think about ! Might as well be E.T`s and there Possibility`s! **Tone it down, Dont. The filters are there for a reason."


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