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Fraser
2011-Nov-15, 06:10 PM
It’s referred to as the “Goldilock’s Zone”, but this area in space isn’t meant for sleepy or hungry bears – it’s the relative area in which life can evolve and sustain. This habitable region has some fairly strict parameters, such as certain star types and rigid distance limits, but new research shows it could be [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/91002/goldilocks-and-the-habitable-zone-the-increased-place-in-space/)

Trakar
2011-Nov-16, 05:18 AM
It’s referred to as the “Goldilock’s Zone”, but this area in space isn’t meant for sleepy or hungry bears – it’s the relative area in which life can evolve and sustain. This habitable region has some fairly strict parameters, such as certain star types and rigid distance limits, but new research shows it could be [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/91002/goldilocks-and-the-habitable-zone-the-increased-place-in-space/)

Increasing the size of the "goldilocks" areas speaks more, IMO, to an over-emphasis of "habitable," which most seem to conflate too easily with "inhabited." And which ties back into my gripes about "Earthlike"
The Fermi question becomes more paradoxical. The more abundant the potential habitat for life as we know it, the more its apparent absence becomes remarkable.

Noclevername
2011-Nov-16, 07:20 PM
The Fermi question becomes more paradoxical. The more abundant the potential habitat for life as we know it, the more its apparent absence becomes remarkable.

Only "remarkable" if you think life should be visibly obvious over interstellar distances. So far we haven't even directly seen extrasolar planets-- we merely infer their existence from wobbles and dimmings of stars.

<Nitpick> There's 'no a'postrophy i'n Goldilocks </Nitpick>