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Life could thrive in alternative universes


Posted on Monday, 29 June, 2015 | Comment icon 19 comments

The multiverse could provide limitless opportunities for life. Image Credit: NASA/ESA/ESO
Some universes might provide conditions more favorable to the development of life than our own.
So far the search for extraterrestrial life has focused exclusively on our own universe, but with an increasing body of evidence suggesting that our universe may be one of countless others that exist within an overarching multiverse comes the very real possibility that life could be thriving in places that we could have never even imagined, let alone directly observed.

In a new paper this week scientists have put forward the idea that some universes might offer conditions that are inherently more favorable for the development of life than others.

In a universe where all the stars and planets are clustered quite close together for example a life-bearing world might do just fine heated by nothing more than the light of nearby stars.

Such a universe could be home to thousands of habitable free-roaming planets that simply drift through its galaxies without needing to be part of any solar system.

Ultimately the possibilities for life within the multiverse as a whole are practically limitless.

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (19)

Tags: Multiverse, Extraterrestrial

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 29 June, 2015, 23:17
I think it might be a good idea to find out if other universes even exist, before trying to find life there. "In a universe where all the stars and planets are clustered quite close together for example a life-bearing world might do just fine heated by nothing more than the light of nearby stars." And our planet is heated how? I guess you might say that the Earth is indeed heated by the light of nearby stars. One star in particular supplies "a bit" more than the rest.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Infernal Gnu on 29 June, 2015, 23:44
I bet there is a clone of me in a parallel universe who is the Donald Trump of that universe, just the exact opposite of the poor old reactive people-pleasing wimp I am.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Whatsinausername on 30 June, 2015, 4:42
"Might," then again, alternative universes might not even exist. Pure speculation. Welcome to the esteemed world of theoretical physics where "might and "could" reign supreme
Comment icon #13 Posted by Mr Supertypo on 30 June, 2015, 11:26
a alternate universe may have different law of physics so that means life it self have different rules than in our universe.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Ryu on 30 June, 2015, 12:40
Lets not do physics, because we haven't been to mars. The logic just escapes me. Judging from all the bad guys in the world, angels must be the laziest creatures in the multiverse I do not think this is what "nothingliz" was saying at all. I think he/she was saying that maybe we need to focus on more immediate and close-to-home (respectively speaking) issues. We don't even understand our own bodies and minds let alone even explored our planet. As I understand, a huge percentage of our oceans -for example- are still uncharted. We still know little of our closest planet mars. It is not about ign... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by paperdyer on 30 June, 2015, 16:10
I'm always amazed that this kind of stuff become news! If... then... maybe.....we probably never know....but...if...then...maybe.... and it's not even an interesting speculation! Feels more like something astrophysicists can discuss on their lunchbreak with each other. Zam Well, some "news" tries to create a dialog where new ideas can be discussed seriously, or like here, in jest most of the time. If you don't try to have any original thoughts, you become one of the sheep. I for one, don't want to go BAAAAAAAAAA!
Comment icon #16 Posted by Zamor on 30 June, 2015, 18:22
Posted Today, 06:10 PM Zamor, on 29 June 2015 - 11:31 PM, said: I'm always amazed that this kind of stuff become news! If... then... maybe.....we probably never know....but...if...then...maybe.... and it's not even an interesting speculation! Feels more like something astrophysicists can discuss on their lunchbreak with each other. Zam Well, some "news" tries to create a dialog where new ideas can be discussed seriously, or like here, in jest most of the time. If you don't try to have any original thoughts, you become one of the sheep. I for one, don't want to go BAAAAAAAAAA! Well in one multi... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Rolci on 30 June, 2015, 22:23
They get paid for fantasizing about what could be? Seems like the boundaries of definition between sci-fi writers and "scientists" is getting thinner by the day.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Sundew on 1 July, 2015, 3:18
They get paid for fantasizing about what could be? Seems like the boundaries of definition between sci-fi writers and "scientists" is getting thinner by the day. I get that, on the other hand, much of what was once sci-fi has become reality and much of the rest scientists are working on. I just saw a working, if impracticable overboard like in Back to the Future, and by working, I mean it can hover. I would have assumed that was pure fantasy. I do not think there is a practical way to experience another universe that exists along side our own. Since it is probably impossible for two physical o... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by BeastieRunner on 1 July, 2015, 17:29
They get paid for fantasizing about what could be? Seems like the boundaries of definition between sci-fi writers and "scientists" is getting thinner by the day. A lot of great scientific breakthroughs were once the realm of fantasy or sci-fi. Medical science probably has the most discoveries that fall in those categories.


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