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Science  31 Mar 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5769, pp. 1841
DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5769.1841e

At his popular Bad Astronomy Web site, Phil Plait has long corrected misconceptions about the universe, skewered crackpots, and chastised the news media for purveying pseudoscience (NetWatch, 2 June 2000, p. 1543). The Sonoma State University astronomer offers a daily dose of his insights and opinions at the year-old Bad Astronomy Blog. Plait actually highlights plenty of good science, such as a recent study showing that the bright star Vega twirls much faster than researchers imagined. But he also continues to attack ignorance, antiscience, and dubious schemes. Recent targets include a plan to have a cosmonaut belt a golf ball off the international space station. Plait notes that this will leave behind another piece of speeding junk that is “the equivalent of an invisible mine” for other spacecraft.


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