**Happy New Year 2011. Yes, it is a prime number. The probability that a number comparable to 2011 is a prime is 1/ln(2011) = 13%. So this coincidence proves global warming at a 87% confidence level. ;-)**

The BBC has provided us with their perspective on science expectations for the year MMXI:

A science news preview of 2011They chose five main topics:

- Hospitable planets
- Privatization of the cosmos
- The LHC: Higgs, SUSY
- Quantum computers
- Analyses of Mars & life

**Extraterrestrial life**

Some people are searching for ever more Earth-like planets that could be hospitable for life. The year 2010 has seen some probably valid discoveries as well as bogus reports but it's obvious that as the people are seeing newer and newer planets, the most Earth-like ones among them are becoming more Earth-like than their predecessors. ;-)