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Inspired by: RTOs » Discovery of earth-like extra-solar planets

version: 1 / created: 2010-12-06
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Originally submitted by: Aharon Hauptman
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Source of inspiration

Research and technology organisations (incl. universities)

The source of the Weak Signal is


Signal's headline

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Discovery of earth-like extra-solar planets

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
As of December 2, 2010, 505 extra-sols planets were detected. Most are giant planets (like Jupiter), but recently several relatively lightweight exoplanets, only a few times more massive than Earth, have also been detected, thus increasing the likelihood of other habitable planets beyond the Solar System.


space, life, extraterrestrial, earth, habitable


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505 extra-sols planets were detected. Most are giant planets, but recently several relatively lightweight planets, only a few times more massive than Earth, have also been detected, thus increasing the likelihood of habitable planets.

Signal's first apperance


Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 Growing likelihood of habitable planets and existence of extraterrestrial life new/emerging
mainly beneficial


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Level 3: important for the European Union
Level 4: important for the whole world

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
cultural/religious filters (values, traditions, faith, spiritual beliefs)
economic filters (business/market interests)
scientific filters (knowledge/technology access)

Key driving forces of this signal

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Driver 1 Driver 2
Technological/Scientific Space exploration

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Ethics and abuse of S&T
Sustainability and climate change

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Environment (including Climate Change)
Social Sciences and Humanities
Science in society

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Increasing the efficiency and impact of public research through Joint Programming (i.e. combining national and pan-European research efforts) or the optimisation of research programmes and priorities, for example.
Fostering and facilitating coherent international cooperation in science and technology

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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particularly relevant
Strengthening the actors in the research-friendly ecology
(i.e. Research funding organisations, universities, businesses, Research and Technology Organisations, Researchers and Citizens)
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.