Posted by: Jim | April 26, 2007

Geek-gasm

This news is, in the long run, probably the biggest news in years.

Scientists have discovered a planet outside our solar system that appears potentially habitable.

Geeks everywhere are having sci-fi fantasies that would make even Gene Roddenberry blush. I’m not ashamed to say it; I’m one of them.

The implications are staggering. First, for those uber-geeks out there who know what the Drake Equation is, this little discovery (I believe) helps us calculate the value of ne, which is average number of planets that can potentially support life per star that has planets. That being, we now have the beginning (although statistically less reliable) data to calculate how many planets in the universe might be habitable.

As the data keep rolling in, they are indicating very good odds that there is other life in the universe. Cool!

Now we just have to survive as a species long enough to be able to communicate with them. Therein lies the rub.

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Responses

  1. I already know there is life on other planets; how else to explain Karl Rove?

  2. Oh goody! A habitable planet! Let’s go kill everything on it and drill for oil!

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  3. […] last week scientists found a habitable planet. This took another chip out of the Drake Equation. It started to become apparent to me that […]


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