Ramblings about what I encounter within the realm of the geosciences, as well as the occasional rant about nonsense.

06 October 2009

Mirror Mirror on the wall, what's the most bad-ass planet of them all?


Attached is a copy of the press release on this utterly bizarre planet. My advisor sent me a copy of this last night, along with his impression of this planet (which was, and I quote: "WTF"). All you need to know is there is indeed a place in the universe where it RAINS rubies and sapphires.... FROM THE SKY!

Cloudy with a chance of pebble showers: Simulation suggests rocky exoplanet has bizarre atmosphere

(PhysOrg.com) -- So accustomed are we to the sunshine, rain, fog and snow of our home planet that we find it next to impossible to imagine a different atmosphere and other forms of precipitation.
There is a word for planets like this. That word is awesome.
Edit: Discovery Channel, the channel that is ostensibly about science, premiered its new show, "Ghost Lab", tonight as well. Out of curiosity, I tuned in to see how bad it would be. The best piece of evidence presented thus far is a door... opening... off camera. How did they know it was closed to begin with? Anecdotal evidence*. The close runner up, detecting an increased electromagnetic field, when you hold a flashlight next to the EMF detector...


So for those keeping score: Today, real science provided us with evidence of an exoplanet that rains sapphires. Pseudoscience provided us with a door... Science provides us tangible awesomeness. Pseudoscience provides us intangible lameness.

*This video is based on the work of Prof. Daniel Simons on Sustained Inattentional Blindness. It basically shows how worthless anecdotal evidence really is. Here's the paper on this.

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Between Los Alamos,NM and White Rock, NM

Between Los Alamos,NM and White Rock, NM
The photo of the travertine spring was taken in the small opening in the center of the image.

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