Billions of Earths

Filed under:General — eric @ 12:01 pm

According to one new novel approach to detecting planets around stars (looking for extra iro in the star itself, which would have come from iron-rich ateroids crashing into it, sent there by close encounters with Earth and Mars-sized planets), there are “billions of Earths” in this galaxy alone. Let’s go and get ‘em!

Peaple are weak

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:10 am

British microbiology professor Johnjoe McFadden writes in the Guardian that we must turn to human genetic engineering to insure the survival of the species. He argues that due to successful treatment of many diseases (such as diabetes), people are passing genes on that years ago would have died with the bearer before child-bearing age. As a result, he says, our gene pool is weaker and evolution is being thwarted.