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« on: October 03, 2011, 06:14:29 pm »

'Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman' Will Show What Aliens Might Look Like



Megan Hess   First Posted: 8/3/11 01:53 PM ET Updated: 8/4/11 12:55 PM ET

On August 3, Morgan Freeman will show the world what aliens may look like.

Wednesday's season finale of "Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman," a Science Channel series narrated by Freeman, will explore the possibility of extra-terrestrial life.

The series, which wraps its second season on Wednesday, poses questions about the unknown--such as whether there is life after death or if we can live forever--and builds off of recent scientific discoveries to attempt to answer these questions.

The August 3rd episode, which asks whether alien life exists in the universe, uses biological chemistry to postulate the physical appearance of extra terrestrials. Based on clues found in the DNA of earth-dwelling organisms, as well as a variety of other factors, researchers interviewed for the episode discuss whether aliens could look similar to humans.

Science's parent company, Discovery Communications, issued a press release teasing some of the theories examined in the episode:

    Science fiction writers have always had their little green men. But these humanoid aliens were based soundly on Earth-based life, not any extra-terrestrial evidence. Today, we’ve discovered hundreds of planets around other stars. As we learn what some of these alternative Earths might look like, science and imagination have allowed us to use real science to imagine the biology of their inhabitants. Will they have two eyes? Two legs? What color will their skin be? Which species on Earth can give us clues about likely biology of aliens? And what can we learn from how life on Earth developed to help us understand what ET really looks like?

What have others said about this topic?

World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking is almost certain that life beyond Earth exists. After all, as he points out in his Discovery Channel series called "Stephen Hawking's Universe," the universe has 100 billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of millions of stars. "To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational,” he said. “The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like."

Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence institute, told the Discovery Channel that aliens may not resemble humans as closely as they do in movies. “If you go down to the local zoo, and check out the critters there, THEY don't look like us,” he explained. “So I don't think aliens would, either. But my personal opinion is that if we find a signal...it will be coming from a society that's more advanced than ours. They may have already invented thinking machines."

The season finale of "Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman" airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on the Science Channel. Check out a preview of the episode (below), and visit the Science Channel's website for more videos

http://science.discovery.com/tv/through-the-wormhole/

http://press.discovery.com/us/sci/programs/through-wormhole-morgan-freeman-season-2/

http://press.discovery.com/us/sci

http://press.discovery.com/us/sci/programs/through-wormhole-morgan-freeman-season-2/

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/stephen-hawking/

http://science.discovery.com/videos/through-the-wormhole-is-alien-life-possible.html



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we know that a planet must be a certain distance from its sun, relative to the size of that sun and its radiation, and that a planet must have a certain type atmosphere­, possess certain type of gases, contain certain elements within the planet's core, etc., for various life forms to eventually flourish..­. this is part of the story of our planet. but if the broad, initial parameters­, axis angle of the earth, the moon, atmosphere­, etc., were slightly different the whole structure for life would collapse. if the general requiremen­ts for complex life to form are so narrow, then so might the progressio­n of advanced life forms be, therefore, it would seem more likely that an alien from some very, very far off earth-like planet would be somewhat similar if not exactly like us.
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This just isn't true, we are finding out more and more every day that life is much more resilient than we ever thought. The scientific community no longer subscribes to the "Goldilock­s" theory. In fact it's now believed that Europa, Jupiters moon may be able to support life. It is covered in water with a ice covering the top of the water. It is heated not by the sun, since Jupiter is way too far away from our star, but by the gravitatio­nal pull of Jupiter on the moon.

I believe that the universe is absolutely stemming with life. civilizati­on blooming, wars ragging, advanced species dying out, many of whom go extinct before ever realizing they aren't alone. The problem isn't that life is rare, it's that the Universe is so large we would have to go light years to reach another solar system just within our galaxy where life exists, even then if it were possible to do so it would be a crap shoot of whether or not it was the right one.
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No one really knows. Interestin­g to speculate, no real facts to go on. If you look at life here, say in the deepest part of the ocean, there are creatures who do not live on Oxygen. The pressure would crush anything on the surface, yet there they are doing fine.
Statistica­lly, there has to be some form of life out there.
And Stephen Hawking has a great thought, stop trying to contact them, it would not be in our best interest if they were able to come to Earth.
We need to figure out were we are going to move to, next since the consumptio­n of materials on this planet clash with the population explosion and this doubling will occur in less then 50 years, from 6 billion to 12 billion people will make it much worse.
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our complex biological systems on earth are variable and able to adapt, but life's beginnings are incredibly fragile. were it not for the existence of precise parameters on so many levels, life on earth as we know it would not exist. life proceeds on the path of least resistance as long as it works and when it doesn't it finds another path, and the fundamenta­l biochemica­l paradigm as a whole works because it works. a double helix works very well for complex life, so why a triple? the lady in the video above makes the point about organic compounds and chemistry throughout the universe and her descriptio­n on life as affected by gravity is a good one. we here to observe all this because life takes the path toward complexity­. if so, nature is telling us something about what that advancing like ourselves would look like. life forms of all kinds would a lot like what we see here on earth, maybe aliens would be taller or shorter and stockier, but its unlikely that they would be similar to the ones generally depicted in science fiction since our fragile system works.
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