Science Terms That We All Pretend To Know
In the spirit of scientific community and understanding, let's clear up some misconceptions around a few of the most misunderstood scientific terms. Let’s boldly go where no man has gone before.
Beware the email rumor about “Betelgeuse.” What does “Betelgeuse” mean, anyhow?
Betelgeuse has been in the news again recently. No, not the creepy character played by Michael Keaton in the 1988 Tim Burton movie Beetlejuice . We’re talking about the red supergiant star in the constellation Orion, that Betelgeuse. Apparently, some pseudo-scientific gossip is circulating online claiming that Betelgeuse will explode in 2012, causing damaging neutrino release and gamma radiation. There will be two bright, sun-like …
The heat we feel from a glowing coal or an incandescent light bulb is from infrared rays.
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