Marie-Claire Shanahan

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Does The Choice Of Scientific Metaphor Matter?

Brown dwarfs are “failed stars”. Pluto is a “dwarf planet”, not a planet. Worlds without life on them are “dead”. Planets that drift through the galaxy instead of orbiting a star are “rogues”.<p>It’s human nature and scientific necessity to categorize things in relation to each other. Likewise, it’s …

23 Times Science Went Terribly, Terribly Wrong

Cheetah poop, pee, and gluing yourself to a crocodile are just some of the hazards of a #fieldworkfail.

Seafloor

NASA tells lawmakers to brace for more Pluto secrets revealed by mission

Hoping to capture lawmakers' imaginations and perhaps loosen their purse strings, NASA officials said Tuesday that the new scientific information gleaned from the New Horizons mission to Pluto was "revolutionizing" what they know about the icy dwarf planet.<p>Among other things, the mission revealed …

Solar System

Einstein: His Space and Times by Steven Gimbel, review: 'a complex nut'

From fathering a secret daughter to declining the presidency of Israel, Albert Einstein lived a life of mystery, argues Nicholas Shakespeare<p>In 1905, a young patent clerk in his office in Bern wrote a paper that overturned the study of physics. Working one day, Albert Einstein – a scientific nobody …

The Breakthrough Message competition aims to build a digital portrait of life on Earth. Making it could increase respect for the preciousness of life<p>Related: Stephen Hawking launches $100m search for alien life beyond solar system<p>The scientific search for extraterrestrial civilisations has …

Universe

#326 - Bruno Pontecorvo

Bruno Pontecorvo #326<p>July 17, 2015<p>This week, we're digging into a tale of intrigue that may have changed the course of physics research in the 20th …

Physics

#327 - Research, Regulation, and Ethics

Holly Fernandez Lynch<p>Holly Fernandez Lynch is Executive Director of the Petrie-Flom Center. She is Co-Lead of the Law and Ethics Initiative of the …

Health Care

Chris Hadfield: It's Not Rocket Science comedy science series.

I mentioned in a recent post that I met astronaut Chris Hadfield at Comic-Con in early July. Chris is the real deal: He is a friendly, funny, warm, …

Photograph: Todd Anderson for the Observer<p>Addison Logan, 10, spins upside down on the Multi-Axis Trainer.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/25/1437838536540/438a05e3-cf37-4295-8211-328cc2999fd2-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Todd Anderson for the Observer<p>Addison Logan, …

Space Exploration

We had no idea! An appreciation of science’s discoveries

A look at some of what's changed since I started paying attention to science.<p>The recent visit to Pluto by New Horizons has clearly captured a lot of …