People sometimes ask me how I have access to so much great stuff. Well, I am somewhat plugged in to other people who find good stuff, like Andrea Kuszewski
and Guy Kawasaki
on Twitter for things I might otherwise never notice, but for science I have always used ScienceURLs.com
Two weeks ago we posted a story on Gliese 581g
- a planet that was discovered and said to be in the habitable zone of a star. Our comment was that reduced chi-squared statistics may mean that, if there was an error, it would not even exist.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall and, with it, Soviet communism, one of the great joys for this former US Army Signal Corps officer was getting to talk with a former East German officer who came to work for our company a few years later.
Astronomers are certainly not strangers to manipulating public relations through mass media - they write reasonable papers and then encourage the press to go nuts with it. Witness the recent arXiv paper by Vogt, Butler, et al on Gliese 581g, should it even exist, which reads
An article at TBD.com by Amanda Hess is about HIV-positive black gay men
. Okay, so far so good. But it had an important typo, namely a key letter left out of a word, and the correction at the top now reads:
If you can't read it ...