What makes Earth so special?

This playlist of eight TED presentations offers a couple of hours of remarkable insights and images into the planet that sustains life – so far the only planet we know of that does. However, in the Milky Way galaxy alone there are an estimated 40-100 billion other planets that are likely to have the conditions that gave rise to organic life.

These presentations are a celebration of the wonder of human ability to grasp the reality of how this ‘blue marble’ of a planet in the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ that allows liquid water to combine with energy from the sun and volcanic sources to give rise to organic life and the nourishment that it needs to replicate and evolve into an estimated 8.7 million species.

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