Monthly Archives: January 2016

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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Book Review: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Alright, so I was torn about reviewing The Windup Girl because I’m really not sure it’s fair to do so. I tried. I really did. But no matter what I did, I just couldn’t get into this book. For the … 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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Book Review: Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird is considered one of the great American novels. If you’re between the ages of 16 and 65, odds are you read it in high school. Harper Lee’s loosely autobiographical portrayal of racial tension in the American … Continue reading

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