Kepler finds 4 potentially habitable worlds

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story imageKepler has found 700+ worlds, 100 of which are roughly earth-sized, and 4 of which are both earth-sized and in their sun's Goldilocks Zone, and thus are potentially habitable. The BadAstronomer enthuses eloquently.

Re: About time, because this one is getting screwed (Score: 2, Insightful)

by on 2014-03-06 22:56 (#A6)

Hold your fire on that one just yet, we know where they are but actually getting to them is going to be the tricky bit...

Yeah. As a biomedical researcher, I'm uncomfortably aware of how wide the gap is between what we do in the lab and what we can actually hope to bring to patients, but at least we don't have any overarching theory comparable to general relativity telling us NO, YOU CAN'T DO THAT.
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