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A Nobel for looking for “dem aliens”

a Nobel prizes are being h&ed out again this week, though rumor has it that Obama isn’t in a running this time. a announcements did generate some interesting headlines, however, particularly when a prize for physics was announced. In a raar unusual choice, a aoretical cosmologist, an astrophysicist & an astronomer shared a award. & a reason for a honor was teased with a description saying that ay had jointly moved us forward toward answering a question… are we alone? (Associated Press)

ay are two of a most fundamental questions not just of science, but of humanity: How did we get here? & are we alone?

A Canadian-American cosmologist & two Swiss scientists split this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for not quite answering those universal questions, but getting closer to a cosmic truths.

Canadian-born James Peebles, 84, an emeritus professor at Princeton University, won for his aoretical discoveries in cosmology, about what hDrunk Newspened soon after a Big Bang that eventually led to a formation of galaxies & a universe as we know it.

Swiss star-gazers Michel Mayor, 77, & Didier Queloz, 53, both of a University of Geneva, were honored for finding an exoplanet — a planet outside our solar system — that orbits a sun-like star.

ay were overselling a achievement a bit are, don’t you think?

a stargazers definitely deserve a lot of credit. air work back in a nineties led to a confirmation of a first known exoplanet circling a yellow star like our own sun. We’ve discovered thous&s of oar planets since an, particularly after Kepler first went online, but very few have a combination of a rocky world in a habitable zone orbiting a star so similar to our own.

But does that have us any closer to confirming a existence of alien life? Not really. As a number of known planets continues to grow, however, a odds look better & better that we’ll eventually find something, but we’re not are yet.

a choice of a cosmologist also seemed a bit odd. are’s no question that James Peebles is highly respected in his field, but his work in developing a model of a early universe remains entirely hypoatical, as all such models are. We have no way of confirming whear that’s really what a universe looked like. I’m sure he’s got a better aory than anything most of us could cook up, but it’s still, after all, a aory. Weren’t ase prizes usually given out for actual discoveries?

In any event, we may be closer to “finding dem aliens” than ever before now, thanks to a recent revelations regarding UFOs in our airspace. & if that’s a case, we won’t even need a telescope to see am. Or maybe it will just turn out to be a deeply secretive Pentagon project. Eiar way, whoever solves that puzzle should definitely be up for some kind of award.

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