Should Pluto Still Be Considered a 'Dwarf' Planet? Planetary Scientists Say 'Hell No!'

Should Pluto Still Be Considered a 'Dwarf' Planet? Planetary Scientists Say 'Hell No!'

It's been ten years since Pluto was officially re-classified as a dwarf plane. Some, myself included, sarcastically refer to this event as Pluto's having been 'demoted' from full planetary status, as if there were some sort of hierarchy of celestial objects.

But these artificial classifications don't matter to the objects being classified. Pluto is no worse off than it was as a planet. All that these classifications really do is help us understand what these objects are. And for that, the planet and dwarf planet classifications have completely failed. 

It's Really, Really Sad That NASA Doesn't Look More Like Star Trek

It's Really, Really Sad That NASA Doesn't Look More Like Star Trek

There's a bunch of awesome technology that Star Trek's Federation has that we don't—some of which seems downright impossible, all of which is just downright awesome. And that's really, really sad, because Star Trek makes space look really, really cool. Here are five of those things that we really, really need to have if we ever space exploration to look as cool as Captain Kirk and his friends make it look:

What Were You Saying About That Space Radiation? Here Are The Facts.

What Were You Saying About That Space Radiation? Here Are The Facts.

A recent report has been pummeling the internet over the past week proclaiming that Apollo astronauts who flew to the Moon and back have been dieing of heart disease at a higher rate than average. The authors of this report conclude that exposure to cosmic and solar radiation may be the cause of this uptake in deaths by cardiovascular disease.

The problem with this report is that it only samples seven deceased Apollo astronauts, so drawing any conclusions with regards to this limited data-set is nonsensical. And yet, that's exactly what science journalists have been doing.

Why is There a Face on Mars and a Heart on Pluto? Well... There Isn't.

Why is There a Face on Mars and a Heart on Pluto? Well... There Isn't.

It's a trick question. There is no face on Mars, nor is there a heart on Pluto. Our brains just trick us into thinking there is.

NASA's Viking probe took that photo 40 years ago. That's right—an image of a feature on Mars that resembles a human face. At the time, the Viking probe was cutting-edge technology, and it sure looked like there was a human face carved into the surface of Mars.

Everyone Loved the Space Shuttle, But What Did It Ever do for Humanity?

Everyone Loved the Space Shuttle, But What Did It Ever do for Humanity?

It's been five years since the last Space Shuttle mission took place. And let me just start by saying that nobody actually loved the Space Shuttle itself—they just loved the idea of what the Space Shuttle appeared to represent.

To a generation that had recently witnessed the Apollo Moon landings, a winged space-plane sounded like something out of a futuristic Science Fiction film rather than something that could exist alongside Disco and Hair Metal. 

Forty Years of Robots on Mars—But Where are all of the Martians?

Forty Years of Robots on Mars—But Where are all of the Martians?

I love Martians. Or in other words, the idea of life existing on Mars. And not in a Science-Fictiony sort of way—that is, little green guys planning to come and conquer Earth—I mean it in more of a microbial sense. Maybe even tiny little creatures of some kind. I'm not certain that they exist, but it's definitely an intriguing hypothesis to ponder.