Astronomers find the most Earth-like worlds yet

  • Article by: Joel Achenbach , Washington Post
  • Updated: April 20, 2013 - 4:27 PM

Astronomers have found the most Earth-like worlds yet known in the outer cosmos, a pair of planets that appear capable of supporting life.

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owatonnabillApr. 20, 13 5:47 PM

Yep. Earth-like planets that have the capability of harboring life. Maybe intelligent life. Owatonnabill is still wondering if they will ever discover intelligent life on Earth.

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joe_mnApr. 20, 13 7:44 PM

2 planets out of a zillion in space? They MIGHT have life. Might not! And how does that affect us? We can never go there. Can't go anywhere actually.

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jonlifeApr. 20, 1310:46 PM

joe_mn, you hit the nail on the head and get all those thumbs down for it. There's not a clue that the planet still exists!!! Its 1200 light years away!

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jtriceApr. 20, 1311:19 PM

If we can reach light speed it will take us 1200 years to get there ... when do we leave?

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jonlifeApr. 21, 13 7:05 AM

Just because you WANT to believe that there's life on other planets won't make it so. Just because you WANT to believe that we can 'beam up' to it or take the stargate to it won't make it so. Even if we had the capability to travel 700 million mph, it would take years to reach even the nearest of these planets.

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jtriceApr. 21, 1310:01 AM

I don't think this says anything about there being a god either way. I do think we'd better take care of our little planet here. There's no room for the risks we're taking smogging up the place.

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bgrnathanApr. 24, 13 9:17 AM

HAVING THE RAW MATERIALS AND RIGHT CONDITIONS TO SUSTAIN LIFE doesn't mean that life can originate by chance or from non-living matter. Proteins can't come into existence unless there's life first! Miller, in his famous experiment in 1953, showed that individual amino acids (the building blocks of life) could come into existence by chance. But, it's not enough just to have amino acids. The various amino acids that make-up life must link together in a precise sequence, just like the letters in a sentence, to form functioning protein molecules. If they're not in the right sequence the protein molecules won't work. It has never been shown that various amino acids can bind together into a sequence by chance to form protein molecules. Even the simplest cell is made up of many millions of various protein molecules. Also, what many don't realize is that Miller had a laboratory apparatus that shielded and protected the individual amino acids the moment they were formed, otherwise the amino acids would have quickly disintegrated and been destroyed in the mix of random energy and forces involved in Miller's experiment. There is no innate chemical tendency for the various amino acids to bond with one another in a sequence. Any one amino acid can just as easily bond with any other. The only reason at all for why the various amino acids bond with one another in a precise sequence in the cells of our bodies is because they're directed to do so by an already existing sequence of molecules found in our genetic code. A partially-evolved cell (an oxymoron) can't wait million of years for chance to make it complete and then become living! Please read my popular Internet articles listed below: ANY LIFE ON MARS CAME FROM EARTH, SCIENCE AND THE ORIGIN OF LIFE, NATURAL LIMITS OF EVOLUTION, HOW FORENSIC SCIENCE REFUTES ATHEISM, WAR AMONG EVOLUTIONISTS (2nd Edition), NO HALF-EVOLVED DINOSAURS, DOES GOD PARTICLE EXPLAIN UNIVERSE'S ORIGIN? Visit my newest Internet site: THE SCIENCE SUPPORTING CREATION Sincerely, Babu G. Ranganathan* (B.A. theology/biology) Author of popular Internet article, TRADITIONAL DOCTRINE OF HELL EVOLVED FROM GREEK ROOTS * I have had the privilege of being recognized in the 24th edition of Marquis "Who's Who In The East" for my writings on religion and science, and I have given successful lectures (with question and answer time afterwards) defending creation from science before evolutionist science faculty and students at various colleges and universities.

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