Category Archives: Science

Gravitational Waves Found at Last

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity. It was a radical new idea that overturned Newton’s theory of gravity and said things got much more complicated when you were near a massive object. Strange as … Continue reading

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Planet 9 Follow-Up

Where it is, where it came from, and why there’s a chance it’s not there at all. Last week, I wrote about the not-quite-discovery of a ninth planet in our Solar System (and I don’t mean Pluto), way, way beyond … Continue reading

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Planet 9: A New Planet in Our Solar System?

“In my day, Pluto was a Planet!” said everyone over the age of…15 or so. Pluto was demoted from planet status ten years ago (a decision I do agree with–see here), and now we only have eight planets–or do we? … Continue reading

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The Wild Chemistry, Geology, and Everything Else of Pluto

I just got back from the American Astronomical Society’s winter conference, and let me tell you, there was a lot of great science going on there, but I wanted to focus particularly on the latest findings about Pluto. Pluto’s geology … Continue reading

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How Many Seconds in Eternity?

There’s this wall of pure Azbantium. It’s 400 times harder than diamond and 20 feet thick. Once every few days*, the Doctor comes and punches it a few times. And when the Doctor punches his way all the way through … Continue reading

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Science and Sociology in Archangel

I reviewed Archangel by Marguerite Reed last week. I enjoyed the book, but I felt that it wasn’t living up to its potential at a couple of points. Notably, it raised a number of social issues and questions that I … Continue reading

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Planet or Not? How About “Planetoid”?

I’ve argued that Pluto shouldn’t be a planet, and I’ve also argued that we don’t know enough to rigorously define the word “planet”. Now, I want to take a closer look at how and why we divide our own Solar … Continue reading

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