June 15, 2020

There may be 36 intelligent life forms in the Milky Way according to new research

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The Gist

A new study suggests there may be intelligent species in our home galaxy.

The List

  • Scientists calculated that there might be 36 intelligent species in the Milky Way galaxy.
  • The researchers have assumed that it takes around 5 billion years to evolve into an intelligent life form, similarly to humans on Earth.
  • According to the research paper, the closest planet with a technological civilization is 17,000 light-years away.
  • There is no direct evidence about life forms outside the Earth.

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