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2013-01-11 09:29:29 AM  
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It would really suck if we sent a colony of humans to another planet and found it to be teeming with life, only to have them all starve because the entire ecosystem was based on L chirality instead of D.
2013-01-11 11:21:37 AM  
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pastorkius: FTA:The one that has been attracting buzz most recently is called - I kid you not - KOI 172.02

Considering there are an estimated 17 billion Earth-like planets, what exactly does she propose as a better naming system? Maybe just call them all Eric?

That would make it a lot simpler to teach science.

Teacher: "What is the name of this planet?"
Student: "Eric"
Teacher: "And this one?"
Student: "Eric"
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