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Inner edge of the habitable zone

A three-dimensional climate model indicates that the fraction of Sun-like stars that might harbour a rocky planet within their habitable zone could be smaller than previously estimated. See Letter p.268

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Kasting, J., Harman, C. Inner edge of the habitable zone. Nature 504, 221–223 (2013).

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