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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Current neighborhood got you down? Maybe it's time to move

Are you sick of where you're living? Maybe the weather is getting you down, with all of the ups and downs and instability. Maybe the neighborhood has gotten so over-run with violence that you don't feel safe anymore. Maybe it's just too crowded and noisy, and you need a little room to stretch out and enjoy some peace and quiet.

Living on Earth just ain't what it used to be, but don't worry there's a way out. Scientists have finally discovered a lovely new neighborhood where we can relocate. They don't really know yet what the new planet is like, and there could even potentially be folks already living there but that's ok. We can spruce things up and force the natives out. We've gotten pretty good at that over the years.

Here's the story as reported on The Washington Post's site:

Potentially Habitable Planet Found

By SETH BORENSTEIN
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- For the first time astronomers have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is potentially habitable, with Earth-like temperatures, a find researchers described Tuesday as a big step in the search for "life in the universe."

The planet is just the right size, might have water in liquid form, and in galactic terms is relatively nearby at 120 trillion miles away. But the star it closely orbits, known as a "red dwarf," is much smaller, dimmer and cooler than our sun.

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