"[Our philosopher] asserted that he knew the whole secret...[H]e surveyed the two celestial strangers from top to toe, and mantained to their faces that their persons, their worlds, their suns and their stars, were created solely for the use of man. At this assertion our two travelers let themselves fall against each other, seized with a fit of...inextinguishable laughter"
-- Voltaire (1752)
Hello all. My name is Lu. This is a science blog, on a microscopic and astronomical scale (and a combination of both--extraterrestrials!). I'm biology student, pretty much in love with the universe.
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The Exoplanets That Cried Wolf | NASA Astrobiology
Of all the exoplanets being discovered, how many so-called potentially ‘habitable’ worlds are really capable of hosting life?
In part eight of the 2012 AbSciCon plenary session, ‘Expanding the Habitable Zone: The Hunt for Exoplanets Now and Into the Future,’ the panelists debate whether the many press releases about the possible habitability of new-found planets risk “crying wolf”. What are astrobiologists doing right and what are they doing wrong when communicating exoplanet discoveries to the public?