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UT Arlington In The News - Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Seeking new worlds

UT Arlington physics professor Zdzislaw Musielak, associate professor Manfred Cuntz and Billy Quarles, a doctoral student in the College of Science, are grabbing headlines this week as they unveil research that may help scientists find a planet or moon with some sort of life form, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Using data collected from the Kepler Mission space telescope and computer modeling, the UT Arlington team is trying to map for scientists where conditions exist to support potential life forms within the Kepler-16 System. That system made headlines last fall when NASA announced the existence of a "world with a double sunset, as portrayed in the film Star Wars." A report also aired on WBAP/News Talk 820 AM/96.7FM and appeared on the websites of The Times of India, The Daily Mail and e! Science News.