Are there planets that are better for life than Earth?

A super-Earth orbiting its red-dwarf

A super-Earth orbiting its red-dwarf


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Over 300 years ago, the German polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz argued that ours was the best of all possible worlds. The word “world” comes from Old English, originally meaning Earth, and later extending to the physical world in …

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