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New Technique Could Find Water on Earth-like Planets Orbiting Distant Suns
May 26, 2009
A team of astronomers and astrobiologists has devised a technique to tell whether small Earth-like planets orbiting other suns harbor liquid water, which in turn could tell whether they might be able to support life.
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