Astronomers Scope Out ‘Earth 2.0’

Dec 6, 2011
Did you know that astronomers have found a bunch of potential "Earth 2.0" candidate planets scattered around the universe? More than 2,000 in fact, and one in particular, which NASA dubbed Kepler 22-b after the supercharged telescope that spotted it, spins around its own sun just 600 light-years away.

Earth-Like Planet May Exist

Sep 13, 2011
European astronomers said Monday that they may have found a celestial body with the right characteristics to host life: a "Goldilocks" planet circling a star at a distance that is not too hot, not too cold, but just right for liquid water to exist.
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What’s the Equation for Life?

Sep 17, 2009
Seeing as we're not doing so well with our planetary preservation program here on Earth, it might be prudent to consider the possibility of shopping around the universe for a new home at some point in the not-too-distant future. But how do we know which heavenly bodies are ripe for the human ruination treatment?

Doomsday Fears Over Strange Matter

Mar 29, 2008
Could a scientific experiment 14 years and $8 billion in the making produce a tiny black hole that could eat the Earth? Or reduce the planet to a dead mass of "strange matter"? Two critics say yes and have sued in federal court to stop the Large Hadron Collider from smashing protons together this summer.

Scientists Find ‘Habitable’ Planet

Apr 25, 2007
A team of scientists has discovered what could be the first habitable planet outside the solar system More information is needed before an accurate assessment can be made, but researchers have suggested that planet 581c has a temperature range of between 32 and 104 degrees, and could contain vast quantities of liquid water.

Can Dr. Evil Save the World?

Nov 24, 2006
The Pentagon's favored weaponeer, above, has a proposal to stop global warming -- without burning less oil, and for a tiny fraction of the cost of mainstream proposals And it's so crazy it just might work It also might destroy the planet in the process Interested? Read on .

There Goes the Solar System

Aug 17, 2006
A committee of the International Astronomical Union, the body responsible for the naming of planets and other celestial objects, has decided to allow at least three new ?planets? into the solar system. The group made the recommendation after it was asked to resolve the Pluto controversy.