Imagine working on a project to mine asteroids, or mapping a billon stars in our galaxy, or using the next generation of space telescopes to study the atmospheres of possibly habitable exoplanets. Imagine going to the Moon, or even Mars. Those are dreams you can make real.
While doing a bit of background research on the Kozai mechanism for yesterday’s post, I kept running into mention of a mysterious object known as Nibiru. The Kozai mechanism is pretty esoteric, so seeing it mentioned in blog articles is a bit odd. Being curious, I followed the internet trail of Nibiru, and down the rabbit hole of the weird.
Words have power. They can move us, enlighten us or confuse us. We could do with a little less of the last one.
With the rise of online media, it is increasingly easy for anyone to present scientific ideas in ways that are entertaining and engaging. This can lead to TV shows like Cosmos, and it can also lead to documentaries such as The Principle. If you haven’t heard of it, The Principle claims that we live in a geocentric universe.
My professional work focuses on two things: astrophysics and science communication. In astrophysics the challenge is often to distinguish the signal from the noise. That is, you sift through large amounts of observational data to find the useful bit of data that tells you something about the universe. In science communication the opposite is true.
Why the Electric Universe is provably, clearly and ridiculously wrong.
Supporters of the electric universe model will argue that these discrepancies can be overcome by modifying the theory. If you tweak this or that in the model then it can be made to agree with experimental observation. But tweaking a model to make it fit is a weak argument. Using a model to make a clear prediction is a stronger one.