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On October 28, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the Pontifical Science Academy and urged them to avoid two extremes. Some treat science as the solution to every problem and the only authentic way to knowledge, while others fear science and distance themselves from it. The Holy Father said, “Science, of course, is not defined by either of these extremes. Its task was and remains a patient yet passionate search for the truth about the cosmos, about nature, and about the constitution of the human being.” Science should not be feared, for its truths will never contradict the truths of our faith.

On September 29, NASA and NSF-funded research found a planet in another solar system that orbits its host star right in the middle of the circumstellar habitable zone. This potentially habitable planet, called Gliese 581g, was discovered from the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii.

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