Amazing.

We are reverse engineering what we expect to find in alien planets (exo-planets).

Our scientists are using computer models to ‘vaporize’ earth to see what they expect exo-planets to look like.

I think we need to write a sci-fi about a couple of these planets.

What would we call the series?

Ghost

Watts Up With That?

From Washington University in St. Louis, and in honor of melted globe week, here’s one more thing for weepy Bill McKibben to worry about.

In science fiction novels, evil overlords and hostile aliens often threaten to vaporize the Earth. At the beginning of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the officiously bureaucratic aliens called Vogons, authors of the third-worst poetry in the universe, actually follow through on the threat, destroying the Earth to make way for a hyperspatial express route.

“We scientists are not content just to talk about vaporizing the Earth,” says Bruce Fegley, professor of earth and planetary sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, tongue firmly in cheek. “We want to understand exactly what it would be like if it happened.”

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