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  1. Popular Vote Says Pluto Is Still a Planet Despite the Fact That It’s Not

    Because opinions are so important in science.

    The argument over Pluto's planethood continues to rage despite the fact that its outcome is mostly meaningless. Last week, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics held a debate on the dwarf planet's designation, and an unofficial vote showed that people who grew up being taught Pluto was a planet overwhelmingly still want to call it a planet.

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  2. Kepler Data Shows At Least 17 Billion Earth-Sized Planets in the Milky Way

    NASA's Kepler spacecraft has been on a roll lately. The group Planet Hunters recently analyzed data from Kepler to discover 15 "Goldilocks" planets, and mentioned it could mean there are a lot more of those planets than initially believed. That certainly turned out to be the case, because Francois Fressin of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is now saying that there are at least 17 billion Earth-sized planets in our galaxy.

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