According to CNN’s list of the greatest technology/science events of 2007, the discovery of an Earlth-like extra-solar planet was accomplished via astrology. It’s nice to see astrologers doing something besides predicting whether you’re a nice person looking for true love. Of course, having more planets in the universe means more planetary gravitational effects on human physiology, so I can understand the astrologers’ interest:
“After the astrological discovery [of Earth-like Gliese 581c], British bookmaker William Hill lowered the odds on finding estraterrestrial intelligence from 1000/1 to 100/1.”
It’s also not very intuitive to talk about “lowering odds” as increased probability, but it’s technically correct.
I suspect astronomers will be spurred into fervent action by the rising challenge of astrologers.