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Potentially Habitable Planets Are Common, Study Says

National Geographic News
February 18, 2008
More than half of the sunlike stars in the galaxy could have terrestrial planets with the potential to harbor life, a new study suggests.

The research, announced yesterday at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston, Massachusetts, is just one of a set of recent findings that suggest the roster of potential life-harboring worlds is huge—even in our own solar system.

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Two articles putting Evolution in perspective

It is hard to ignore Evolution in discussions about religion and the origin of life/meaning of life. It has been on my mind recently as I’m in the middle of Diversity of Life and watching Planet Earth (stunningly gorgeous btw, if the LDS church wanted to expand the temple ceremony they could probably just insert the Planet Earth series in the creation story, a modern mural of art).

Watching the evolution-religion discussion is particularly interesting due to the extremely strong reactions it produces from both sides. Continue reading →

Archaeology in Israel

I went to a guest lecture last week, pulled in by the title: “The New Biblical Archaeology–The Future of the Past”.  The presenter was Prof. Aren M. Maeir (a blogger himself) of the Institute of Archeology Bar Ilan University.  In a field which is full of hot-topics and various groups with special interests I found him to be objective, professional, and all-around  trustworthy source.  

He started by defining the “old paradigm of Biblical Archeology” which looks through the lens of ‘proving the biblical narrative.’  It was (and is) full of non-professionals with findings that are not published in professional journals.  The media fuels it all by continuing to give headlines to those who have “found direct evidence of the Flood” or the “exact location of Sodom and Gomorrah.”  Continue reading →

other earths

An interesting article at National Geographic today about a recent observation that has implications about the commonness of earth-like planets.