on Video game science

I’m beginning to worry that the general public confuses science with the way it’s portrayed in Civilization-style video games. I was personally first introduced to the genre by the games “Age of Empires” and “Space Empires IV”, two games where the purpose was to build up an empire by using resources on a map to…

on the Doppler effect

The Doppler effect was discovered by Christian Doppler in 1842, and describes how waves seem to change with motion.  With sound waves, the Doppler effect describes the familiar shift in pitch as a car passes by you (ask any five-year-old the noise a car makes, and you’ll hear the NEEEEOUUUUWWWWW of the Doppler Effect.) With…

Pluto was never a planet

So, news stories are flying around claiming that Pluto is a planet again, and whole crowds of people are feeling vindicated that what they knew to be true is true again. Hooray, high fives all around!  Those scientists finally came to their senses! Or did they?