While some of you may be trying to get your shit together by reading that Oprahfied self-analysis book, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle, real scientists with jobs are hard at work, searching for "the Earth's twin" in the awesome massivity of our universe. With last week's discovery of three new "super-Earths" (planets similar to our own, but a lot bigger), they have optimistically announced that they are likely to find the Earth's identical twin in another star system within the next five years. You can check out this article if you want all the hot sciencey details.
Planet hunting for M-stars capable of supporting human life is nothing new to astronomers, since finding a habitable planet is the first step toward finding alien life, not to mention human annexation. After all, we'll eventually need a new planet to enjoy and destroy once we've polished off this one.
But one bold astronomer has turned his focus on finding Earth's evil twin. Dr. Ned Wakeling of the Exoplanet Task Force (ETF) suggests that we should be looking for something a lot hipper than what we're stuck with right now; a highly intelligent and diabolical world that is feared by all the other planets, yet admired for its raw, bad-boy sexiness by every hot star in the galaxy.
Although Dr. Wakeling has not made any progress in his research over the past 17 years, he has graciously provided this exclusive artist's rendering of "Earth's Evil Twin" to rocketradio.
We wish him all the luck in the worlds.