Sunday, 23 January 2011

Alien life deemed impossible by analysis of 500 planets

There is no hope of finding alien life in space because conditions on all other planets are too hostile, a leading astronomer has claimed.

Howard Smith, a senior astrophysicist at Harvard, made the claim that we are alone in the universe after an analysis of the 500 planets discovered so far showed all were hostile to life.

Dr Smith said the extreme conditions found so far on planets discovered outside out Solar System are likely to be the norm, and that the hospitable conditions on Earth could be unique. Read more

(Ed: But see here for somewhat 'off' astronomical reporting from the same paper!)

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