Scientists take massive leap in the search for habitable planets

By The Christian Science Monitor
Friday, December 20, 2013 8:26 EDT
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Researchers have found a way to tease information about an extrasolar planet’s mass from an underappreciated source: its atmosphere. The approach, described in a paper set to appear Friday in the journal Science, could help speed the pace at which scientists…

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