Thursday, June 04, 2009

Earth is only habitable for another 2.3 billion years

That's it and the party's over. Life has 2.3 billion years to figure out a way off this rock so the flame of reason isn't extinguished from the universe, according to a new report by Caltech. (Wired)

Previous studies predicted the Earth would only be inhabitable for a billion years before the sun got too bright, the atmosphere too hot for life to survive (assuming, of course, that life doesn't evolve to survive in higher temperatures). However, earlier studies neglected the role of atmospheric pressure in regulating temperature.

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