Spotting the stupid in science…
There’s a lot of complicated science news around, and I try to keep up with it so my readers don’t have to hurt their brains trying to understand. Here is some actual science stuff from recent days which may affect your life, so pay attention.
Let’s start with astronomy. How many stars would you say there are in the universe? A lot, right?
Hold on to your hats! According to our story, “red dwarf stars are far more common than astronomers have believed – in fact, they may make up 80 percent of the star population, scientists said in a study…that triples the number of stars in the universe.”
Think about that. You had no clue how many stars there were before, but suddenly there are three times as many! Bad news if you bought a bunch of stars as an investment, but good news if you are considering distant stars as vacation destinations.
As for these “red dwarf” things the story mentions, it wasn’t easy finding a photo of them but I managed, so you can know them if you see them.
And there’s more science news:
A miniature robotic space shuttle launched from Cape Canaveral in April has completed a nine-month classified mission for the military and will be headed for a landing as early as Friday, Air Force officials said…
Huh? Somebody needs to tell Air Force officials what “secret” means. Jeez, get me WikiLeaks on the phone!
But here’s my favorite science tidbit in recent days.
Nearly half of Britons believe in aliens and almost 80 percent say cancer is the disease which most needs a vaccine, a poll…showed on Tuesday.
Really? Cancer kills more than seven million people every year, and it turns out folks would like to have a way to prevent it? You could knock me over with a feather!
What is even more surprising is that the 50 percent who believe in aliens got to go ahead and vote for a cancer vaccine, too. I think I might have weeded them out, but maybe that’s just me.
A worker moves a figurine of one of the Seven Dwarfs from the fairy tale Snow White, which is part of the decorations for the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival, at Longtan Park in Beijing September 12, 2010. REUTERS/Grace Liang
The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle in the encapsulation cell at the Astrotech facility in April 2010, in Titusville, Florida. Reuters/U.S. Air Force/Handout
A man dressed as an alien cheers for the Calgary Flames during their NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings during Halloween night in Calgary, Alberta, October 31, 2009. REUTERS/Todd Korol