Keith's 2:30 pm EST note: NASA Ames PAO just hosted a media briefing on new Kepler news being released today i.e. "22±8 % of the Sun-like stars have an Earth-like planet"' (per Tweet below). One small problem, they did not set the number of guests who could connect via on Adobe Connect so a lot of media were unable to connect untill well after the media briefing was underway. But the news was already being tweeted by participants (an hour ago) in that news briefing. When I asked NASA ARC PAO for a copy of the press release they refused to send me anything saying that NASA HQ PAO will be releasing the news at 3:00 pm EST. Meanwhile NASA has been sending copies of the paper around to hand-picked members of the news media. So ... NASA holds a badly-planned news conference and whoever attends (or logs in early) can release the news to the public but NASA won't let anyone else see the news that they have already released. Baffling strategy.
22±8 % of the Sun-like stars have an Earth-like planet - Erik Petigura #Kepler2— Prof. Abel Méndez (@ProfAbelMendez) November 4, 2013