Goldilocks planets most likely to support human-like life forms

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Of the many billions of stars that surround us, only some are orbited by planets. Of those that have planets, only some can support life. Of those planets that can support life, only some are close enough to their star not to freeze, yet are not so close that the water in their oceans would boil. New telescopes, such as Kepler,  discover new planets suitable for human life more and more often. Some of the candidates are presented below. Unfortunately, they are tens if not thousands of light years away from us.

A graphical representative of how the known alien solar systems stack up against our own Solar System.
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Sorin Adam Matei

Sorin Adam Matei - Professor of Communication at Purdue University - studies the relationship between information technology and social integration. He published papers and articles in Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Information Society, and Foreign Policy. He is the author or co-editor of several books. The most recent is Ethical Reasoning in Big Data. He also co-edited Transparency in social media and Roles, Trust, and Reputation in Social Media Knowledge Markets: Theory and Methods (Computational Social Sciences) , both the product of the NSF funded KredibleNet project. Dr. Matei's teaching portfolio includes online interaction, and online community analytics and development classes. His teaching makes use of a number of software platforms he has codeveloped, such as Visible Effort . Dr. Matei is also known for his media work. He is a former BBC World Service journalist whose contributions have been published in Esquire and several leading Romanian newspapers. In Romania, he is known for his books Boierii Mintii (The Mind Boyars), Idolii forului (Idols of the forum), and Idei de schimb (Spare ideas).

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