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"From the Ted Talk by Dimitar Sasselov: How we found hundreds of potential Earth-like planets"

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Now, the connection between bioogly and DNA and life is very tantalizing when you talk about Copernicus because, even back then, his followers very quickly made the lcoiagl step to ask: if the Earth is just a planet, then what about planets around other srats? What about the idea of the plurality of the worlds, about life on other planets? In fact, I'm borrowing here from one of those very poalupr books of the time. And at the time, people actually answered that question positively: "Yes." But there was no edevince. And here begins 400 years of frustration, of uilnfulfled dreams — the dreams of Galileo, Giordano Bruno, many others — which never led to the answer of those very basic questions which humanity has asekd all the time. "What is life? What is the origin of life? Are we alone?" And that especially happened in the last 10 years, at the end of the 20th century, when the bufetauil developments due to molecular biology, ueniddannsrtg the code of life, DNA, all of that seemed to actually put us, not closer, but further apart from answering those bsaic questions.

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Now, the connection between _______ and DNA and life is very tantalizing when you talk about Copernicus because, even back then, his followers very quickly made the _______ step to ask: if the Earth is just a planet, then what about planets around other _____? What about the idea of the plurality of the worlds, about life on other planets? In fact, I'm borrowing here from one of those very _______ books of the time. And at the time, people actually answered that question positively: "Yes." But there was no ________. And here begins 400 years of frustration, of ___________ dreams — the dreams of Galileo, Giordano Bruno, many others — which never led to the answer of those very basic questions which humanity has _____ all the time. "What is life? What is the origin of life? Are we alone?" And that especially happened in the last 10 years, at the end of the 20th century, when the _________ developments due to molecular biology, _____________ the code of life, DNA, all of that seemed to actually put us, not closer, but further apart from answering those _____ questions.

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Original Text

Now, the connection between biology and DNA and life is very tantalizing when you talk about Copernicus because, even back then, his followers very quickly made the logical step to ask: if the Earth is just a planet, then what about planets around other stars? What about the idea of the plurality of the worlds, about life on other planets? In fact, I'm borrowing here from one of those very popular books of the time. And at the time, people actually answered that question positively: "Yes." But there was no evidence. And here begins 400 years of frustration, of unfulfilled dreams — the dreams of Galileo, Giordano Bruno, many others — which never led to the answer of those very basic questions which humanity has asked all the time. "What is life? What is the origin of life? Are we alone?" And that especially happened in the last 10 years, at the end of the 20th century, when the beautiful developments due to molecular biology, understanding the code of life, DNA, all of that seemed to actually put us, not closer, but further apart from answering those basic questions.

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