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This is fascinating!  Researchers at The University of Auckland anticipate the number  of Earth like planets in the milky way Galaxy to be about 100 billion!  Astronomers think that there are hundreds of billions  of galaxies  in the universe, however the exact number is not known. In  just one image for example, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, finds there are about  10,000 galaxies visible. The most current estimates guess that there are 100 to 200 billion galaxies in  the Universe, each of which has hundreds of billions of stars. Extrapolating the numbers , the possible # of habitable planets is mind blowing.

http://phys.org/news/2013-04-astronomers-billion-earth-like-planets.html

“Our proposal is to measure the number of Earth-mass planets orbiting stars at distances typically twice the Sun-Earth distance. Our planets will therefore be cooler than the Earth. By interpolating between the Kepler and MOA results, we should get a good estimate of the number of Earth-like, habitable planets in the Galaxy. We anticipate a number in the order of 100 billion.”

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When I arrived to my Gym yesterday evening, I open the door and was assaulted by the overwhelming ugly of what’s called death metal music. I don’t like it but the young men who had the gym to themselves before I got there sure do. They had it cranked up to 11! Courteously, they asked if I was ok with that. I was. I popped my ear buds in and went to work.  Taste aside, the psychology of Music is well known. It’s sometimes exploited by clever capitalist to sell us things or crafty would-be suitors to promote an attraction advantage. I have been playing the drums for well over 30 years and Each and every day I am emotionally touched by some piece of music. But why?

A famous study, http://pom.sagepub.com/content/35/1/88.abstract, launched a thousand news articles regarding the way we are influenced by music. Music is a powerful mood regulation strategy, a powerful emotional conduit and a powerful weapon in my daily quest for beauty and meaning in this life. It’s beyond the sensual, it’s cognitive wiring.

Even so-called deaf people can sense music. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/11/011128035455.htm  “Deaf people sense vibration in the part of the brain that other people use for hearing – which helps explain how deaf musicians can sense music, and how deaf people can enjoy concerts and other musical events. “These findings suggest that the experience deaf people have when ‘feeling’ music is similar to the experience other people have when hearing music. The perception of the musical vibrations by the deaf is likely every bit as real as the equivalent sounds, since they are ultimately processed in the same part of the brain.”

Very Enlightening.

From physics, we know sound is a form of energy, like light. We know the propagation of energy is ubiquitous and vibrations pass into and through us every moment of every day. From the concept of acutonics to the photoelectric effect, we are awash in several forms of energy and are literally bathed in this light of music.

Greetings from the library room. Todays installment highlights Bill Bryson’s fabulous book, A Short History Of Nearly Everything.

Bill Bryson realized one day that he didn’t know much. He had never (until then) considered the how and why of our world and set about to do just that. This book is that entertaining expedition. Traveling through the subjects of chemistry, physics,geology,paleontology ,astronomy and elsewhere. From the big bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson presents us with the great stories of the sciences and the people making the sciences.  This book is a delight for the inquiring mind, entertaining and thought-provoking. It’s a great addition to any autodiadact’s library.

Some quotes:

“There are three stages in scientific discovery.  First, people deny that it is true, then they deny that it is important; finally they credit the wrong person.”

“Tune your television to any channel it doesn’t receive and about 1 percent of the dancing static you see is accounted for by this ancient remnant of the Big Bang. The next time you complain that there is nothing on, remember that you can always watch the birth of the universe.”

“Protons give an atom its identity, electrons its personality.”

“It is a curious feature of our existence that we come from a planet that is very good at promoting life but even better at extinguishing it.”

“Your pillow alone may be home to 40 million bed mites. (To them your head is just one large oily bon-bon). And don’t think a clean pillow-case will make a difference… Indeed, if your pillow is six years old–which is apparently about the average age for a pillow–it has been estimated that one-tenth of its weight will be made up of sloughed skin, living mites, dead mites and mite dung.”

“even with the most conservative inputs the number of advanced civilizations just in the Milky Way always works out to be somewhere in the millions”.

The writer explains the things he discovered-