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Goldilocks and the Water Bears
Author: Louisa Preston

ISBN: 9781472920102
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 27 July 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0 x 2.2
Description:
Across a Universe of at least 100 billion habitable, earth-like worlds, life cannot be restricted solely to the Earth. Or can it? Read this book to find out the hows and whys of astrobiology - the study of extraterrestrial life.

Today we know of only a single planet that hosts life: the Earth. But across a Universe of at least 100 billion possibly habitable worlds, surely our planet isn't the only one that is just right for life? As Goldilocks was searching for the perfect bowl of porridge, Astrobiologists are searching for conditions throughout the Universe that are just right for life as we currently know it to exist.

With the Earth as our guide the search has begun for similar worlds sitting at the perfect distance from their Sun - within the aptly named Goldilocks Zone - that would enable them to keep water as a liquid on their surface and therefore support a thriving biosphere. The Earth is littered with carbon and pulses with energy, which combined with its flowing water allows life to exist beneath our thick protective atmosphere. In just over four billion years, life on Earth has evolved from a single-celled ...

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