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I ran across/read that same article while skimming the "New York Times" online the other day. It made me think of an old hero of mine, namely Carl Sagan. If you haven't already seen it there's a terrific youtube video someone put together for him soon after he died, that might actually make a nice blog entry here (see ). When he speaks about the universe consisting of billions of trillions of stars it's pretty difficult to believe we're alone. I wish we had more scientists around like Carl, with both a solid understanding of his field and a ready willingness to communicate what he understood, doing so in ways that might make his words clearly understood by a lay audience. He also had a way with words that I found deeply inspiring, especially when applied to the topic of science. I miss him.