We are seeing so many remarkable pre-announcement pieces showing up, this is a place to post and discuss them. This one for example, is making discoveries sound 'ho hum' which a few months/years ago were heralded as amazing breakthroughs. Today for example: 

"Nearly Every Star Hosts at Least One Alien Planet"


When a month or so ago they were making a BIG deal about finding one planet in the sweet zone which could possibly support life, son they they say 25% of them could support life! Including mention of red dwarfs, etc. The Zeta predicted evidence continues to build up!

Here is another blog that relates, describing a wobble:

NASA Scientists "Discover" a Wobbly Planet!?


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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 4, 2015 at 5:16am


Deep Earth Life Excites Extraterrestrial Life Researchers


Earth is commonly associated with green forests, blue oceans and animals that live in both. However, there’s a possibility too that Earth hosts another biosphere. Tiny microbial organisms could be living below the surface. This could also be the same with extraterrestrial life.

In a recent study published in the journal Nature, geoscientist Barbara Sherwood Lollar says that deep-Earth life environment could be far vaster than previously thought.

The idea that alien life could also be the same has received a sudden impact with the NASA’s announcement that Mars Curiosity rover had discovered a plume of methane that spiked and then dissipated on the red planet, an indication of microbial life.

Geochemist Lisa Pratt says that the new study and the new NASA’s discovery of the red planet suggest that scientists should begin searching for something that is different than the conventional cellular life, which researchers used to seeing and studying on Earth.

In 2006, Sherwood Lollar and Pratt announced through a Science paper about the discovery of bacteria living deep in a gold mine in South Africa, completely isolated from sunlight. These microbes managed to live deep in Earth by deriving their energy from hydrogen gas produced by water and the surrounding rock reactions. These microbes are estimated to have lived between three million and twenty-five million years.

Just last year, Sherwood Lollar also part of a team that discovered similar environment. They analyzed water in a mine in Timmins, Ontario with similar chemistry to the mine in South Africa. The team estimated that the water found in the Timmins mine was billions of years old. The site is still subject for further study to know if there’s microbial life living in it.

So, scientists and ordinary people are now curious about how many similar places in the planet host life. Furthermore, the possibility of dark life in the red planet provides exciting stuff among scientists and researchers.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 2, 2015 at 10:22pm


Two Orange Dwarf Stars To Reach The Solar System Might Wipe Out Human Race

January 2, 2015 11:38 AM EST

Some would say that the given time frame is truly a long stretch from today. However, the big threat that the phenomena might cause makes the study worth considering as it will have direct effect to future humanity.

European astrophysicist Coryn Bailer-Jones who works at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg,Germany is predicting that around 14 stars might come within the next few million years. The astrophysicist came to this prediction after analysing the computer-simulated orbits of more than 50,000 stars that are nearby. The prediction also says that among the thousands of neighboring stars, there at least two that humanity should worry about, Forbes reports.

Bailer-Jones' study is set to appear in an upcoming issue of Astronomy & Astrophysics journal. According to the study, the possibility of the dwarf stars entering the boundaries of the solar system might potentially disturb the trillions of comets orbiting in the Oort cloud beyond the primary planets. This might send many comets into the inner solar system and has the potential to hit Earth. Apparently, the comets are made of rocks, dust and organic materials.

According to New Scientist's report, the two stars that have 90 percent probability of reaching the solar system the closest are named as Hip 85605 and GL 710. The Hip 85605 might reach the solar system in 0.13 to 0.65 light years away, while the GL 710 might take around 0.32 to 1.44 light years in the next 1.3 million years.

The estimate on the current position of the Hip 85605 and GL 710 is not accurate and could still be wrong. However, the threat posed by the movements of these stars nearing the solar system is not a joke.

Report says that the Earth can be affected in three ways. First, the gravity can attract comets into the inner solar system and the passing comets might harshly affect Earth's atmosphere due to the powerful ultraviolet radiation that the comets might cause. Second, a small number of the alleged stars might explode like supernova while passing through the Oort Cloud. Finally, the study says that the effect of the supernova remnants could cause long-term global cooling. The global cooling was also suspected to have wiped out the dinosaurs in the past and it is possible that's such incident might wipe out the human race millions of years from now.

Comment by Howard on January 2, 2015 at 9:21pm

Never mind what might cause this,

What If Every Volcano on Earth Erupted at Once?


WARNING: Contains disinformation.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 2, 2015 at 6:07pm


Kepler’s New Mission Discovers First Alien Planet Called The Super Earth


Kepler lost its two reaction wheels, but this did not stop the NASA’s spacecraft to search foralien planets. Indeed, the space telescope discovers alien world again in its new mission. Since operating back again from a malfunction in May 2013, the spacecraft found its first new extraterrestrial planet named HIP 116454b, also called as the super Earth mainly because it is larger than approximately 2.5 times than planet Earth. Lies in the constellation Pisces, in 180 light-years from Earth, the newly discovered alien planet is near enough to be studied by other instruments, according to scientists.

The reborn of Kepler has been even better because the first discovered planet is ripe for follow-up studies, said scientist Andrew Vanderburg of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).

Launched in March 2009, Kepler was on a 3.5-year mission to determine the number of Earth-like planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Scientists have discovered close to a thousand confirmed planets through Kepler. More than 50% of these known alien worlds are believed to be the real deal, along with approximately 3,200 other candidates.

In May 2013, Kepler’s second of its four reaction wheels malfunctioned. These wheels are necessary for precise pointing. However, the letdown did not stop the team to find a way to increase the stability of Kepler. Members of the team used the subtle pressure of sunlight to provide a solution to the stability issue then proposed a new mission named K2. The new Kepler’s mission would continue the hunt of exoplanet and study other cosmic phenomena as well as space objects.

Twelve times more massive as compared to Earth, the HIP 116454b is approximately 20,000 miles wide and its density suggests that it’s either a small version of Neptune with large, thick atmosphere or primarily covered by water.

The distance between the newly discovered world to its host star is 8.4 million miles or 13.5 million kilometers. Its host star is an orange dwarf, slightly smaller as well as cooler than the sun in the solar system. HIP 116454b completes an orbit every 9.1 days.

The planet’s close distance to Earth means it will be a top target for telescopes in space and on the ground.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 1, 2015 at 1:07am


Residents below aging B.C. dam warned: in case of major earthquake, get out in 10 minutes or die

VANCOUVER — After deciding it would be too expensive to rebuild a 103-year-old dam built in one of the most collapse-prone areas of Canada, British Columbia’s power utility has settled on a controversial plan: Bracing for a disastrous flood.

“[I]n a magnitude 9 earthquake, the people down below would have 10 or 15 minutes to get out of there, or I guess the bottom line is that they would all die,” said Mike Hicks, municipal director for the area.

Since early December, BC Hydro has been busily transforming the area surrounding its Jordan River dam into a flood-ready no-man’s-land.

The utility is pushing to stop development in the future “inundation zone” and has successfully obtained a ban on overnight camping at a popular nearby park. It is also looking to install a warning siren to alert day-trippers if they are about to be swamped by several million litres of reservoir water.

Most contentious of all, the provincial utility offered to buy up 11 houses and businesses in the tiny community of Jordan River, a once-thriving resource town that would largely be flattened by a dam collapse.

Locals are uniformly outraged at the offer, even as they see the value of their homes being wiped out by the news.

“For just about everybody around here it’s not a money thing; we don’t want to move, fix your dam,” said Doug Harvey, speaking to local television.

Mr. Hicks noted camping at Jordan River Regional Park was being shut down only four years after the municipal government spent $9.9-million to buy the land.

“If they’re going to ask us to have no overnight camping, they should buy our park, simple as that,” he said. “They sterilized Jordan River, and they’re the ones responsible for this.”

News of the looming dam collapse has also scuttled plans to turn the park over to the nearby Pacheedaht First Nation, who were to build a campground and interpretative centre.

Said Mr. Hicks, “That’s all gone, too, with BC Hydro’s announcement that they’ll all be dead.”

While the utility claims it cannot fix the dam, it has acknowledged there are ways the structure could be prevented from collapsing in an earthquake.

‘I guess the bottom line is that they would all die’

BC Hydro  could simply lower the water in the reservoir, but it said this would cause an electricity shortfall that could cost as much as $200-million to fix.

The dam could also be decommissioned, but this would also be “highly costly” and would risk flooding homes with spillover from an unregulated Jordan River.

The utility’s dramatic plans for the area were fuelled by an alarming seismic study released this month showing the Jordan River dam, built in 1911, sits atop one of the most vulnerable parts of British Columbia and possibly the country.

When the Big One hits (an event that is statistically due for coastal B.C.), the dam will shake as much as three times harder than buildings in Downtown Vancouver.

The pressures are virtually guaranteed to rip apart the structure and kick off what has clinically been called an “uncontrolled release of upstream reservoir water.” As the utility said in a statement, it was “not aware of any dams in the world” strong enough to straddle the Jordan River without collapsing.

Comment by casey a on December 31, 2014 at 12:06am

Young Red Dwarf Stars could Host Habitable Worlds (Dec 15). http://www.astrobio.net/news-exclusive/young-red-dwarfs-stars-host-...

"Increasing odds of extra-terrestrial life" (Dec 19) http://www.astrobio.net/topic/deep-space/cosmic-evolution/life-aqua...

Barren Deserts Can Host Complex Ecosystems in Their Soils (Dec 22). http://www.astrobio.net/topic/origins/extreme-life/barren-deserts-c...

Life Can Survive on Much Less Water Than You Might Think. (Nov 4) http://www.astrobio.net/topic/origins/extreme-life/life-can-survive...

If microbial life can survive in Earth’s Atacama Desert (right), one of the driest places on the planet, would it have

any chance on Mars (left)? From a perspective of the availability of water for biological activity, or “water activity,”

as reviewed in a new study, the answer is “yes.” Credit: NASA/JPL (left); Henry Bortman (right)

If microbial life can survive in Earth's Atacama Desert (right), one of the driest places on the planet, would it have any chance on Mars (left)? From a perspective of the availability of water for biological activity, or "water activity," as reviewed in a new study, the answer is "yes." Credit: NASA/JPL (left); Henry Bortman (right)
Comment by casey a on December 29, 2014 at 11:00pm

Hi GA. Is this what you're talking about? (Looks like an eye & a nose.)

Comment by G A Nicholas on December 29, 2014 at 8:49pm

Don't know about the coffin being real, but here's a link to another picture I found interesting. Is it an Azetc type head or just an oddity of nature/hoax making the carving? Any thoughts? 


Comment by casey a on December 29, 2014 at 2:05pm

'Coffin' Found On Mars 


(Usually HuffPo speaks about these Mars findings derisively. This time there is no mocking--a change in tone, I guess)

Comment by casey a on December 28, 2014 at 11:36am

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