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05/02/2024 – Microbes Life on Other Planets

James Webb Telescope data is being interpreted by scientists at the University of Cambridge to suggest there is confirmation of life on a planet K2-18b, also known as EPIC 201912552 b, is an exoplanet orbiting the red dwarf K2-18, situated 124 light-years from our solar system. It is 2.6 times the radius of Earth, with a 33-day orbit and is said to be earthlike in climate that has potential to support life as we know it. These announcements typically come too soon even though it appears that the researchers are trying to be careful. The problem with this is that now the propensity is to never say NO and to shunt anyone who may disagree. The momentum of course is to come up with partial conclusions but get continued time on large telescopes and FUNDING that makes these large universities tick (they are research funding institutions not towers of education). Too many times false data has been railroaded into prominence such as the case with General Relativity, Climate Change, the microwave background radiation, etc that gave rise to Nobel Prizes based on false interpretation of data. I will be following this on my weekly radio show and remember to look at my educational materials for science (click on the “Educational” tab at the top of this page).