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Are We Searching for Aliens in the Wrong Place?
Discovery News ^ | February 3, 2014 | Ian O'Neill

Posted on 02/03/2014 11:06:03 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Earth may be a nice and cozy place for life as we know it to evolve, but is it really the best place for life to thrive? Probably not, say two researchers. In fact, Earth may be one of the more extreme examples of a “habitable” world where life was lucky to survive.

The search for extraterrestrial life is fraught with uncertainly. Faced with a seemingly infinite Universe and an assumption that life beyond our planet is an inevitability, we focus on nooks and crannies that have similar habitable environments to Earth and exoplanets that resemble our world orbiting stars that resemble our sun. But finding these special places feels like we’re looking for a very specific needle in a very big haystack. What if our definition of “habitable” is just not all that, well, habitable?

“The Earth just scrapes the inner edge of the solar system’s habitable zone — the area in which temperatures allow Earth-like planets to have liquid surface water,” said René Heller of McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. “So from this perspective, Earth is only marginally habitable. That led us to ask: could there be more hospitable environments for life on terrestrial planets?”

Looking at the history of our planet, it may seem amazing that life was ever able to gain a foothold. Between the asteroid and comet bombardments, intense volcanic activity, frigid ice ages and often poisonous atmospheres, how were the conditions ever ripe for single celled lifeforms to form? Perhaps life was just really lucky to have found its way in such an inhospitable place....

(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; astronomy; seti

1 posted on 02/03/2014 11:06:04 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yup. Check out Congress and the White House. You’ll find aliens there....not necessarily intelligent, though.


2 posted on 02/03/2014 11:07:37 PM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crused it. -M. Twain)
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To: Politicalkiddo

I was just going to say — we keep on asking ourselves about aliens, but who knows that they are perhaps already here but unrecognizable from the rest of us.


3 posted on 02/03/2014 11:10:39 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is this ‘Speculation News’ ?


4 posted on 02/03/2014 11:10:50 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

5 posted on 02/03/2014 11:13:15 PM PST by Bobalu (Happiness is a fast ISR)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ummm..

Check California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Florida, well heck, just about anywhere..

Hint: Most aliens speak Spanish...

6 posted on 02/03/2014 11:20:02 PM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

” life was ever able to gain a foothold”

What does this mean? How did the RNA and the DNA “get a foothold” without cells to encase them?

The cells alone have 300 proteins. A single strand of DNA for simple life forms has more information that all the books in the library of Congress.

Yep, kookie there — Life got a foothold. Isn’t it wonderful. HOW?


7 posted on 02/03/2014 11:22:27 PM PST by garjog (Obama: making the world safe for Sharia.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s where to look:

https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTA1f8FEJj_ksdp3f5srUm2nkwcBK-5nCV3sY2REIKPzGvG4-Gc


8 posted on 02/03/2014 11:23:05 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Check the parking lot of the nearest Home Depot.


9 posted on 02/03/2014 11:24:57 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Kevmo

‘I find your lack of faith disturbing’


10 posted on 02/03/2014 11:25:09 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes. Alpha Centuri B. His birth certificate’s probably up there.


11 posted on 02/03/2014 11:26:31 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C?)
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To: MHGinTN

So says a fictional character, Darth Vader. But every time I try to debate the facts with you, you go into super-irrationality mode. So, go ahead and quote fictional sources to bolster your fictional point of view.


12 posted on 02/03/2014 11:27:15 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: garjog
Yep, kookie there — Life got a foothold. Isn’t it wonderful. HOW?


13 posted on 02/03/2014 11:28:25 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark
Probably one of my all time favorite cartoons.
Sooner or later, you always get to that point.
14 posted on 02/04/2014 12:10:54 AM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Evolution Vs. God

Stephen Hawking: 'There are no black holes'

15 posted on 02/04/2014 12:11:37 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: OneWingedShark

Step two is also causing Man Made Globull Warming.


16 posted on 02/04/2014 12:21:16 AM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You can find a whole bunch of aliens at Home Depot every day.


17 posted on 02/04/2014 12:34:55 AM PST by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve heard that the best place to search for aliens is the parking lot at Home Depot or Lowes.


18 posted on 02/04/2014 12:36:24 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Asteroid Challenges Naturalism, Supports Walt Brown
19 posted on 02/04/2014 12:36:56 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Politicalkiddo

20 posted on 02/04/2014 12:37:05 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: garjog

A few weeks/months ago some guys discovered that the DNA code has a “hidden” code. I found it sort of interesting for them to state as fact that “DNA has twice as much information in it than we thought.” (I figure in another 10 years some other guys will discover that there is even more information in there and will be saying “three times...”)


21 posted on 02/04/2014 12:37:30 AM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 21twelve

THING IS, THEY KEEP COMING LOOKING FOR “US” AMONG THE WORLD’S “LEADERS” AND KEEP FINDING EACH OTHER.


22 posted on 02/04/2014 12:46:05 AM PST by MestaMachine (My caps work. You gotta earn them.)
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To: 21twelve

Just wait until someone finds comments in the DNA code.


23 posted on 02/04/2014 12:51:41 AM PST by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? http://tinyurl.com/ktfwljc .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Interesting


24 posted on 02/04/2014 2:20:35 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My "Alien" theory is this:

They were/are smart enough to get here.
They did their homework before coming here.(These are not dummies)
They have established themselves among the "higher echelons" of human endeavor.
They are here and are so deeply embedded that they will not be removed or exposed.

That's my "alien" theory and that's all I will say.
25 posted on 02/04/2014 3:32:05 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Are We Searching for Aliens in the Wrong Place?"

They should try searching for forged birth certificates in Hawaii.
26 posted on 02/04/2014 4:21:48 AM PST by clearcarbon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

GOD laughs at these idiots... there is life on other worlds... the math tells us so and guess what... the same GOD that created us created ALL. GOD is the ALPHA and OMEGA.


27 posted on 02/04/2014 4:39:39 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Atheist mind blower....

What IF...... there is no God but there is life only here.. and nowhere else?..
And the supposed aliens is a fantasy built on faith in NO God.?
with atheists being the true believers...


28 posted on 02/04/2014 4:57:44 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


29 posted on 02/04/2014 5:15:45 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: LibLieSlayer
GOD laughs at these idiots... there is life on other worlds...

"In my Father's house there are many mansions. ...."
John 14:2

30 posted on 02/04/2014 5:23:43 AM PST by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: NoCmpromiz
My family looks Spanish. Been in New Mexico and Colorado since 1541. Hell, we're more American than 95% of anybody living in flyover country.

If anyone can be considered a native American, it's probably us.

31 posted on 02/04/2014 5:45:23 AM PST by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I find it amazing how we keep looking to outer space in search of other intelligent life forms when our own planet is mostly covered with water. If we looked more carefully at the oceans we might be surprised at what we find.


32 posted on 02/04/2014 6:06:33 AM PST by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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To: 21twelve

Yep, all that “junk DNA” turns out to not be junk after all.

Mind-boggling complexity, created by their dual “gods” called “time and chance.”


33 posted on 02/04/2014 6:15:57 AM PST by afsnco
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To: Jed Eckert

Indeed brother!


34 posted on 02/04/2014 7:20:18 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Kevmo

Is being an braying ass an occupation with you, or are you just born that way?


35 posted on 02/04/2014 7:40:16 AM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After seeing Justin Bieber’s eyes go all reptilian during his court appearance last week, I’m starting to think he is an alien. He obviously forgot to maintain his disguise during the hearing. I thought people were joking until I went to YouTube and searched it. They change, he realizes it and quickly looks down. When he looks back up they are normal again. Freaky.... Maybe we should be looking in Hollywierd... I keep flashing back to all the actors and musicians that were aliens in MIB and think: HMMMM... :-)


36 posted on 02/04/2014 8:01:00 AM PST by Raven6 (Psalm 144:1 and Proverbs 22:3)
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To: MHGinTN

Is it the hole of the ass that you have emulated, or is it genetic?


37 posted on 02/05/2014 9:19:17 PM PST by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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