More on the new planet

A quick roundup of articles on newly discovered habitable zone extrasolar rocky planet. Start off at the overoptimistic end with the Telegraph’s article, taking Vogt’s rather dodgy assumption that it is certain there’s life there at face value… Then there’s Skymania, which mentions the possibilities of life on the planet, while stressing these are just possibilities. Discovery puts in a line suggesting life is so certain, it would be harder to prove it isn’t there. Next to fall in line is the BBC article, mostly neutral but pushing the life angle hard. Then onto the more neutral press release from the University that hosts the researchers involved. Finally, Universe Today hosted a twitter debate on whether or not Vogt was right to be confident of life’s appearance on the planet. It did not tilt in his favour to say the least…

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