If you don’t think that’s the coolest thing ever, I’m sorry but you’re mistaken.
Findings published today in the journal Astrobiology reveal the habitable lifetime of planet Earth. The research team looked to the stars for inspiration. Using recently discovered planets outside our solar system (exoplanets) as examples, they investigated the potential for these planets to host life.
"We used stellar evolution models to estimate the end of a planet’s habitable lifetime by determining when it will no longer be in the habitable zone. We estimate that Earth will cease to be habitable somewhere between 1.75 and 3.25 billion years from now. After this point, Earth will be in the ‘hot zone’ of the sun, with temperatures so high that the seas would evaporate. We would see a catastrophic and terminal extinction event for all life," said Andrew Rushby, who led the research.
However, conditions for humans and other complex life will become impossible much sooner - and this is being accelerated by anthropogenic climate change.
(GIF from the video of a geostationary satellite Electro-L)
12,000 toy soldiers fixed to a canvas-like board, forming a peace sign.
A bright colored rainbow, a symbol of paradise, seemingly harmless at first, but made of barbwire. Building riddles that await to be solved by the viewer himself, artist, Ole Ukena, creates diverse media works with an intriguing sense of humor.
He draws his inspiration of sources as psychology, philosophy, spirituality, always positioning his themes around subjects as individual vs. collective, identity and transformation as well as the creative potential of failure. Exploring the field of interrelated opposites his message of his recent work manifests itself through the precise choices of medium. He is sometimes poetically narrative or purposefully reduced, binding his work by a common thread of complex simplicity, leading the viewer astray but always lending a hand on the way back.
Franck Sorbier 2013
Tilda Swinton by Karl Lagerfeld. CHANEL Paris-Ediburgh AD Campaign. 2013