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Melomel's Avatar Jump to comment 64 by Melomel

The use of the phrases "Earth-like" and "Super-Earths" is really unfortunate here. They mean rocky planets of a mass of the same order of magnitude as the Earth, of course.

Unfortunately, the phrases (and not to mention the "artist's conception") imply something much closer to Earth than, say, Venus or Mars to the casual observer.

Sure, extremophiles are an entirely plausible (and exciting) possibility, but too many people will interpret (and have interpreted) the article as claiming entirely the wrong place in the Drake equation and are expecting birds, grass, and oxygen if not Little Green Men.

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 22:21:00 UTC | #184804