The story never gets any better. The graphics improve though.
“The ingredients for life are plentiful, and we now know that habitable environments are plentiful,” said Associate Professor Lineweaver, from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Research School of Earth Sciences.
“However, the universe is not teeming with aliens with human-like intelligence that can build radio telescopes and space ships. Otherwise we would have seen or heard from them.
“It could be that there is some other bottleneck for the emergence of life that we haven’t worked out yet. Or intelligent civilisations evolve, but then self-destruct.
Hey I know! They just gave away the film rights. Stupid beggars.
For why we haven’t been to the moon in forty years but this stuff makes it into the science media see The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (cosmology).
Abstract Using the Inclinations of Kepler Systems to Prioritize New Titius-Bode-Based Exoplanet Predictions
Timothy Bovaird, Charles H. Lineweaver, Steffen K. Jacobsen
(Submitted on 19 Dec 2014 (v1), last revised 31 Jan 2015 (this version, v3))
We analyze a sample of multiple-exoplanet systems which contain at least 3 transiting planets detected by the Kepler mission (“Kepler multiples”). We use a generalized Titius-Bode relation to predict the periods of 228 additional planets in 151 of these Kepler multiples. These Titius-Bode-based predictions suggest that there are, on average, ~2 planets in the habitable zone of each star. We estimate the inclination of the invariable plane for each system and prioritize our planet predictions by their geometric probability to transit. We highlight a short list of 77 predicted planets in 40 systems with a high geometric probability to transit, resulting in an expected detection rate of ~15%, ~3 times higher than the detection rate of our previous Titius-Bode-based predictions.