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Update: Those 8.8 Billion Earth-Like Planets Are Now "Found"

David Klinghoffer

I referred you earlier to the headline on the AP story as it appeared at the Huffington Post, promising a "Milky Way Teeming With Billions Of Earth-Size Planets." That was datelined Monday night. Now a colleague points out this hilarious headline, datelined today, that Fox News gave the same AP story:

At Least 8.8 Billion Earth-Size, Just-Right Planets Found, Study Says

I guess a tale really does improve in the telling. "Found"?! Not merely extrapolated, calculated, estimated, as the story itself indicates, but positively found. It sounds like they’ve all been located, mapped, carefully evaluated each and every one, atmospheres sampled, maybe even visited, revealing garden spots aplenty.

Well, if the measure of science is hope, belief, preconceived ideas, rather than fact, why not?

David Klinghoffer

Senior Fellow and Editor, Evolution News
David Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.