I just read  a fascinating article  in the Washington Post, that  our  scientists now believe  that  we are getting  very close  to finding Earth's  twin in the Universe......This  planet  is  about as far away  from its sun  as we are to ours...This planet  seems  to show a presence  of  liquid  on its  surface....Scientists  conclude  that  its  atmosphere  is conducive  to life.....A new  telescope  is set  to begin  operation  by 2016  called  the Wells  telescope, and it  will be  much more powerful  than  the Hubble  telescope  which is responsible  for so many  major   discoveries in space.....This new  telescope  should verify  once and for all if  there  is life on this new  planet........This is such  amazing news.....2016   could  be  a banner  year for  world  science.........The article   also  mentioned that every star we see in the sky  is an actual  sun  with  its  own  planetary  universe......That alone  can  blow your mind.......Can you imagine  that  there could be  several  Earth  like planets  out there  many  light years  away....Our  current  science fiction  could one day  become   actually  reality....Something  to think about...............

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Comment by Rick Springfield on July 24, 2014 at 5:39pm

Why we always think that intelligent life only evolve in planet just like earth, intelligent life could evolve in many different forms,that can be far from similarity to earth, for intelligent life to be evolve only need is way to convert energy. 

Comment by Freethinker31 on July 24, 2014 at 2:36pm

Thanks  for your  comments....This subject  is so fascinating and shows  we have  so much  to learn still....It keeps  us humans busy  trying  to further  our  knowledge  of Space  and discovering more of its  huge  potential....

Comment by Luara on July 24, 2014 at 2:36pm

It could be that single-celled organisms aren't too uncommon, but intelligent life is very rare.

There were only prokaryotes (single-celled organisms with no nucleus, mostly bacteria) for about a billion years(!)  And after that, it took about a billion MORE years for the first multiple-celled organisms(!)

It tells you it's really, really difficult for multiple-celled life to evolve.  For some reason.  Maybe multiple-celled life kept evolving and kept going extinct ... for some reason. 

Comment by Luara on July 24, 2014 at 2:22pm

Party-Drooper

Huh.  I hope you're teasing :)  I don't see the idea that we're alone in the galaxy as particularly depressing.  It's interesting to think that we are the product of a huge number of fortunate coincidences.

We might not be happy if They did come visit. 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 24, 2014 at 1:37pm

@Luara Party-Drooper!

Comment by Luara on July 24, 2014 at 1:33pm

There are doubtless all sorts of planets in our galaxy which may be capable of supporting life. 

Loren, that isn't necessarily true.  There are all sorts of different factors involved in being able to support life that are non-obvious.  The book I mentioned below discusses them.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 24, 2014 at 1:23pm

There are doubtless all sorts of planets in our galaxy which may be capable of supporting life.  The question is, how far are they along in their development, or in simpler terms, How Old Are They?  More importantly, how old are they in relationship to us?  A difference of say ±200 years would make the difference between a prospective civilization barely being into their own industrial revolution while we're exploring the stars or vice versa, and that's in an overall development period of between four and five BILLION years, presuming similar stars!  That is one factor I am not certain I see in the Drake Equation, and I have to think it needs to be factored in somehow.

Comment by Luara on July 24, 2014 at 1:14pm

We are unlikely to be alone in the universe, but we might be the only intelligent life in this galaxy.  I read a book Alone in the Universe: Why Our Planet is Unique.  It makes a lot of good and interesting arguments about why our Earth really is rare. 

The arguments in that book are speculative and debatable.  But, it's clear to me that there's more to a planet being suitable for life than the few simple things astronomers can determine at such a great distance. 

The press exaggerates the story because people would love to believe the universe is teeming with life. 

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