https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/06/nasa-finds-10-more-planets-humanity-might-be-able-to-ruin-next/ "This latest update to the Kepler catalogue brings the total number of planet candidates identified by the space-based telescope to 4034." Of these, 2,335 have been verified to be signals generated by exoplanets. The Kepler mission was repurposed to search for exoplanets afer suffering damage to two of its reaction wheels (attitude control mechanisms) in 2013. The better news: "The next generation of space-based telescopes such as the James Webb Telescope — which is set to launch in October 2018 — will allow astronomers to further analyse the worlds Kepler has found." As a result of this and other recent Goldilocks zone exoplanet finds, the Drake equation for the likelihood of the existence of an extraterrestrial civilization of equal or longer viability compared to our own has been tentatively updated to be on the order of 1 in 10 billion. This is darned near certainty. Ten planets in our galaxy alone may have evolved advanced civilizations. Gizmodo's article, although quite good in terms of content, seems to have given a misanthropic slant to the discovery, which I found appealing, but some of you may wish to read the good news from a source a little more upbeat: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/nasa-telescope-10-earthsized-habitable-planets-1.4167686 To say that we have "ruined" the planet we currently inhabit does no justice to the nice compost we will all no doubt make when we have made the environment sufficiently hostile to render ourselves extinct. Plant life just loves it when stupid animals do things like that to themselves, and they aren't the only ones who may benefit. Few life forms anywhere in the universe are greener or more eco friendly than a plant like the ones we have. Let's all be grateful that our demise will at least do them a good turn. Perhaps one or more of those ten really advanced races in our galaxy will turn out to have evolved from plant life.