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Hubble Has Changed The Odds Of Life Existing Elsewhere

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The new orbiting Hubble telescope has just added an alarming dimension to humanity’s concept of our place in the cosmos. Where we once thought we were all alone in the universe, it now appears that our galaxy must be teeming with life. We just went from sitting at God’s side to being on the edge of nowhere in a tiny galaxy far from the center of our expanding universe.

Recent Hubble photos of distant stars have revealed the presence of planets in orbit around most of them. That means that among the billions of stars we can currently see there must be hundreds of billions or trillions of planets and moons that we can’t yet see. If our planet can support life I guess it would only be fair and make sense to suppose a similar planet or Earth sized moon could do the same.

We just lately identified a planet around a far sun which has a water-based atmosphere similar to our own. The major difference between Earth and that distant planet is it is twice our size and much hotter and wetter. Nevertheless, life forms we have living here in our oceans next to thermal vents and lava flows could probably survive there.

Out of approximately 500 planets recently discovered orbiting suns within our galaxy at least one has been determined to have an organic atmosphere similar to ours here on earth, capable of supporting life similar to or identical to ours. Therefore, the odds of another planet besides our own supporting life of some sort somewhere out in the cosmos just switched from zero to infinite.

As you can imagine, the probability of life elsewhere shakes the entire foundation underlying most Western style religions. Those who have claimed a special connection to a supreme being will be exposed for the frauds they are, and have always been.

For another blog on this subject try this link: http://iblog.at/parmsplace/?p=30

Bob Parmelee uses the pen names Parmsplace and Parmsweb                            http://www.parmsplace.com

Facebook to the rescue … A few random thoughts.

Life is tenacious

Face book will transform the world.

The only thing we get out of life is a journey through it. Every life is different. Some lives don’t make it out of the womb while others last for over 100 years. No single life is more important than any other, at least to the one person who counts most to you, yourself. Nobody has the answer to life, or death, yet.

Those with the most are not usually the happiest. Cheaters always prosper no matter how briefly they retain their ill-gotten gains. Those without a conscience have no sense of justice.

Those thoughts above bring me to my point.

Religion is losing its grip over the masses. Science changed the foundation under religion and church leaders have stuck too long to a dubious past. Once you get past the rhetoric of church dogma the baloney behind the pulpit is laid bare.

To start with, there is no Mount Olympus; never was. Therefore, no gods came down from on high to fornicate with our women and leave behind a godly lineage. Every one of us is as close to God as the next person. No one has a shortcut to heaven up his sleeve or in his genes. (jeans either)

Mankind will drift sideways until a suitable replacement for controlling the “masses” is in place, filling the gap created by the declining influence of the church. Blinders are coming off the sheep, and church sheep are being blinded by the light. Beware when the masses finally become Aware.

Facebook will transform the world. Facebook is the tool to accomplish worldwide change by connecting people to people everywhere across the globe,  Thank you Mark Zuckerberg! You may have saved the planet from becoming overrun by the worst among us instead of the best. Facebook will single-handedly do more to restore trust between humans, and faster, and across all borders planet wide, than any mobilizing force ever imagined.

As John Lennon once said, “Imagine”. Facebook, by connecting the world with one single ideal, has the potential to be the glue to bind all people together on one planet, living under one single atmosphere and joined together with a common purpose; to help each other.

Rave On Humanity!

Genetics Made Easy

There has been an enormous amount of progress made since Watson and Crick first discovered the double helix structure of DNA in 1958. The original and deceptively simple version held that genes encoded proteins in our cells. These proteins, in turn, did the work necessary to keep an organism alive. At that time it was thought that only 1.5% of the genome was actually used for this purpose. The other 98.5% of the genome was dubbed “junk DNA” assumed to have been left over from a millennia of mutations during life’s millions of years of evolution on this planet.

What is amazing , to me at least, is the fact that, as complicated as we humans are, we only have about 2,000 more genes, or about 10% more, than the microscopic roundworm. And the roundworm doesn’t even have a brain! What we do have in abundance are RNA transcripts which are produced by these genes of ours. It turns out these RNA transcripts do the real work of differentiating us from roundworms.

A good analogy would be to picture the building of a garage versus the building of a hospital. The basic materials like dimension lumber, sheet rock, plumbing pipes, wiring and roofing are the same. The tools necessary to assemble these materials, like hammers and nails, saws and screws are the same also. What is different is the complexity of the structure, or the blueprints. The construction of a hospital involves the orchestration of hundreds or even thousands of rules which specify which materials are used, where they are used, and when. In our cells the RNA transcripts provide the assembly instructions for our body’s blueprints, and when they spring into action.

Although it took less than a decade to sequence our DNA once the tools were available, it will probably take decades longer to unravel the regulatory function of our RNA transcripts. The complex interweaving of genes, transcripts, and the regulation each provides has spawned an alphabet soup of anacronyms describing these newly found genetic roles.

One thing is certain. As  we begin to unravel the mystery that is our genetic heritage, our picture is going to get a great deal cloudier and more complicated before it begins to get sorted out again.