NASA discovers Earth-like planet

There (could be) aliens on that there planet!

Well maybe, maybe not, Kepler does however sit at the right distance from it’s sun and has conditions that look favourable to complex life.

NASA have recently found this planet during it’s Kepler mission.

“The planet, Kepler 22-b, lies about 600 light years away, about two-and-a-half times the size of Earth, with a temperature of about 22 degrees Celsius, allowing liquid water to exist on the surface. Its year is about 290 days long.”

via NASA discovers Earth-like planet – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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Bing Maps and augmented-reality – the amazing and scary future of mapping

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps courtesy of TED. The ability to view the earth from sattellite to indoor video.
Some trully amazing concepts here and hopefully a sign of what’s to come from the Bing Maps team.

Have a go here:
http://www.bing.com/maps/? Be sure to click 3D maps and Photosynth! very cool

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos augmented-reality maps | Video on TED.com.

When will the 7 billionth human be born? – environment – 14 October 2011 – New Scientist

“ON 31 October, a newborn baby somewhere in the world will become the 7 billionth member of the human race.”

Amazing huh? and yet today I saw a morning show debating the right for families to choose the sex of unborn featuses as being unethical (it is also illegal but was not at first). This is for IVF method of course, this would not be done for natural births. Aparently in China it is illegal for a doctor to tell the parents the sex of a baby from ultrasound up until 18 weeks.

This fact of course also raises many concerns of how fast we are growing as a species and if this planet can actually sustain not only our actual bodies but the footprint of each of us on this planet.

Some very interesting points from all sides of the debates, I think we are just lucky enough to be in a society where we are both intelligent enough and free enough to have these debates.

via When will the 7 billionth human be born? – environment – 14 October 2011 – New Scientist.