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Old 02-25-2009, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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For ex, did you know there are now

5 oceans?
8 planets?
4 states of matter?


argh!!!
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:03 AM
 
Location: USA
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Can you imagine what awaits when a new energy source is discovered? or traveling speed of light is possible? Don't get mad, get glade!
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Pinellas Park, FL
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For ex, did you know there are now

5 oceans?
8 planets?
4 states of matter?


argh!!!
Yup, that's why you can't always rely on it.
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Old 02-26-2009, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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For ex, did you know there are now

5 oceans?
8 planets?
4 states of matter?


argh!!!
The fifth ocean, the Antarctic Ocean AKA the Southern Ocean has always been debated. Nothing new with that.

So what, a few astronomers changed the qualifications for what now constitutes a planet. Big whoop dee do. Considering how small Pluto is and its distance from the Sun I would say that they made the right decision. There are many large asteroids that orbit the Sun, a few that are roundish in shape. Should we call these planets, too?

There are actually more than four states of matter if you want to get picky. Water alone can exist as thirteen separate solid states.
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Plasma as a state of matter has been accepted around the scientific community for years. We were doing projects on it in H.S. back in the 1960s. The oceans thing has always been a joke, merely a convenient naming convention. The same with europe. Europe isn't a continent, any more than Florida.
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Old 03-09-2009, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Texas
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It's good that it keeps changing. That means progress. It means science will change according any new evidence found without throwing a fit. I would say that's what makes it reliable.
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Old 03-09-2009, 07:31 PM
 
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So what, a few astronomers changed the qualifications for what now constitutes a planet. Big whoop dee do. Considering how small Pluto is and its distance from the Sun I would say that they made the right decision. There are many large asteroids that orbit the Sun, a few that are roundish in shape. Should we call these planets, too?

There are several round Pluto-sized objects in the solar system.I think there was some talk about calling these objects Plutoids, but are now called dwarf planets. Like Pluto, Ceres is a roundish dwarf planet but is located in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter and appears it may be the only dwarf planet in the Asteroid Belt.

Eris is another dwarf planet, but it's located beyond the Kuiper Belt and is about 3 times farther from the Sun than Pluto. Eris is larger than Pluto.

Within the Asteroid Belt, most of the asteroids appear to be more like fragments that are either broken pieces or just didn't bind together to form planets or dwarf planets. So except for Ceres, asteroids wouldn't be called planets or dwarf planets.
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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It's good that it keeps changing. That means progress. It means science will change according any new evidence found without throwing a fit. I would say that's what makes it reliable.
I dont have a prob with new science, but they should announce it or something!
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:21 AM
 
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I dont have a prob with new science, but they should announce it or something!
The majority of people simply don't care, so announcing it on the 10:00 local news isn't going to do much for ratings.

For the few that DO care, there is this little thing called the internet with loads of reliable science news sites .

Join Reddit (and pick science categories), or regularly check Physorg, New Scientist, Discovery.com, and many other too numerous sites to name. They regularly have science news, discoveries and so on.
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Old 03-10-2009, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Tampa
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The majority of people simply don't care, so announcing it on the 10:00 local news isn't going to do much for ratings.

For the few that DO care, there is this little thing called the internet with loads of reliable science news sites .

Join Reddit (and pick science categories), or regularly check Physorg, New Scientist, Discovery.com, and many other too numerous sites to name. They regularly have science news, discoveries and so on.
think I am going to have to. Hate getting blindsided by missing planets and stuff.
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