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Just when one thinks that scientists tend to take themselves too seriously, or perhaps not seriously enough, there's this.

Anders Sandberg, a computational neuroscientist at the University of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute, decided to explore the above-titled issue, posting a research paper on the web site arXiv that asked the question, "What if the entire Earth was instantaneously replaced with an equal volume of closely packed, but uncompressed blueberries?"

Sandberg's wonderment assumes the following: That the Earth becomes a mass of "big, thick-skinned highbush blueberries" as opposed to "wild, thin-skinned blueberries."

If that sounds like a distinction without a difference, it's not. According to LiveScience, the larger blueberries would be arranged with significantly more space between them; those spaces would be filled with air, which would also give rise to an interesting set of circumstances.

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Monday, 29 August 2016 00:00

Could Venus Have Once Been Habitable?

Many assume Earth was the first habitable planet in the solar system, with one or two other planets potentially someday following. However, new research shows that Earth may not have been the first habitable planet. Venus, with its similar size and gravity to Earth, may have been livable before Earth and remained so for billions of years.

Using models, a team of researchers has been able to use computer simulation to show how Venus would have evolved with Earth’s atmosphere, since its water reserves were also likely similar to our planet’s. The team discovered that Venus’s spin likely was closely connected to its demise. Venus’s spin is significantly slower than the Earth’s, which would have caused surface temperatures to increase quickly.

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The world has long been at odds over whether life exists outside of Earth. Science waits for proof, while consumers have their own beliefs. A new study may cause the world to rethink the concept of the universe.

A new study in Astrobiology exposes the likelihood that life may have existed in the universe prior to the 10,000 years Earth’s population has been in existence. Citing newly-obtained data, Adam Frank and Woodruff Sullivan reformulated a long-existing formula that calculates the probability that life exists outside our planet. They instead used the formula to determine whether life has ever existed before our species began.

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