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How habitable zones and super-Earths lead us astray

As scientists, the terminology we choose influences our thinking as it carries our messages to colleagues and the public. In the face of pressure to turn science into clickbait, maintaining precision in the language we use is critical to dispel misinformation and, more broadly, to enable scientific progress.

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  1. William B. Moore is at Hampton University and National Institute of Aerospace, Hampton, Virginia 23666, USA.

    • William B. Moore
  2. A. Lenardic is at Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005, USA.

    • A. Lenardic
  3. A. M. Jellinek and C. L. Johnson are at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z4, Canada.

    • A. M. Jellinek
  4. C.L.J. is also at the Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona 85719, USA.

    • A. M. Jellinek
    •  & C. L. Johnson
  5. C. Goldblatt is at University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia V8P 5C2, Canada.

    • C. Goldblatt
  6. R. D. Lorenz is at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland 20723, USA.

    • R. D. Lorenz

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