Finding Earth’s twin…

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How long will it be before we find an earth-like planet with actual signs of life? At the rate we’re going, if there is life out there at all, we are going to find it soon…possibly in our lifetime.

 

Scientists: We’re ‘very close’ to finding another Earth

By Suzanne Presto, CNN

 

 

 

(CNN) — Scientists looking for signs of life in the universe — as well as another planet like our own — are a lot closer to their goal than people realize.

 

That was the consensus of a panel on the search for life in the universe held at NASA headquarters Monday in Washington. The discussion focused not only on the philosophical question of whether we’re alone in the universe but also on the technological advances made in an effort to answer that question.

 

 

“We believe we’re very, very close in terms of technology and science to actually finding the other Earth and our chance to find signs of life on another world,” said Sara Seager, a MacArthur Fellow and professor of planetary science and physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

“Finding Earth’s twin, that’s kind of the holy grail,” said John Grunsfeld, an astronaut who helped repair the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009 and is now an associate administrator at NASA….”

 

For the rest, and some spectacular images, click here.

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The Uncanny Predictions of Isaac Asimov

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Isaac Asimov was a true futurist –

 

For example, he predicted this:

 

“Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone. The screen can be used not only to see the people you call but also for studying documents and photographs and reading passages from books. Synchronous satellites, hovering in space will make it possible for you to direct-dial any spot on earth…”

 

We Live in the Future Nobody Predicted

(Mysterious Universe blog)

 

“Flash back to the 1964 World’s Fair. One of the greatest science fiction writers of your generation, someone who is also a well-respected science writer with a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Columbia University, makes a series of relatively modest predictions about the year 2014. If there were, say, a Mysterious Universe radio show covering the fair, Isaac Asimov’s predictions would be among the top stories, and for good reason.

 

Now, with the benefit of hindsight, we look back on the article…and most of us agree that Isaac Asimov did incredibly well, because we’ve gotten so accustomed to off-the-wall predictions that Asimov’s stand out as reasonable…”

 

Read the rest here, at Mysterious Universe.

 

What do you think the world will be like in another fifty years? Please share your predictions below in the comments section. M.J. and The Museum of Mysteries would like to hear your ideas…

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The automobile graveyards of Chatillon

As if the zombie apocalypse happened and everyone abandoned their cars trying to get out of town…

 

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Photos of a traffic jam stuck in the woods for 70 years

(Death and Taxes magazine)

 

“Around the town of Chatillon, Belgium, the end of World War II left a few creepy hallmarks of the armistice in the form of long lines of cars left abandoned by the hundreds in the woods. While one theory goes that the cars belonged to Americans who left them in a hurry on their way off the continent, Bored Panda points out that no one really knows for sure…”

 

For more photos of this strangeness, click here.

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