We need more “speculative work”? No, we don’t. It seems as though the enthusiasts don’t understand that people can just lose confidence in a failing program and there is nothing wrong with them on that account.
Funny how all road leads in the same direction, isn’t it? If we don’t find extraterrestrial life, humans are just a cosmic blip. And if we do find extraterrestrial life, humans are just a cosmic blip.
At the Royal Society summer exhibition. They are trying to create a legal framework that assumes ET’s existence without evidence.
If a tenth of the effort were put into cleaning up the corruption around peer review, as for example in: The astonishing rise of junk science, that would be a better use of time than figuring out what to say to the Klingons or Jabba the Hutt when they or theirs finally show up.
“Stick with analogs we know, you advise”? Yes, good idea. It used to be the usual approach among scientists. So why was it suddenly suspended? We are still wondering. Or maybe we know but no one wants to discuss it. See Tales of an invented god .
Look, these people needed a miracle from outer space and it was great while it lasted. But why is the embarrassing story being kept alive? Won’t another, similar one come along soon?
Actually, the researchers are not so dumb when you consider that looking for chance events attracts the grants. Little else would.
Hugh Ross: The discovery of life in another planetary system would indicate another instance of such divine intervention, meaning our universe would contain not just one origin-of-life miracle, but two.
Researchers: The habitable zone for complex life around many stars could be much smaller than previously thought once the concentrations of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide on planets is considered.
As for the kids, if the prof’s figures are correct, they should have watched more sci-fi dystopias. The good news is that there probably aren’t any space aliens out there so they will only have to live in a dystopia they made themselves, not a different one.
She also reveals that a two-page survey was handed out, asking a number of none-o’-yer-business questions on behalf of “Audience Research & Analysis, an organization that helps government agencies and cultural agencies to “move forward with decision research.”
Remember the astronomer who thought that space detritus Oumuamua might be an extraterrestrial lightsail? He’s back: Harvard professor Avi Loeb thinks humans should be on the hunt for signs of alien life and alien death. During a recent presentation at the The Humans to Mars Summit, Loeb argued that the discovery of a dead alien […]
The elemental building blocks are universal; their abundance is not.
The amazing thing about life, is that it is always so very adaptable. Who knew that bugs can live at 140C, or with metabolism so slow it takes centuries to replicate?
Researchers: An all-ocean planet would be sterile due to lack of nutrients leached from land.