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Reflections: Science Fare

Mercury Summer 2012 Table of Contents


by Phil Plait

Neptune

Unknown to astrologers prior to its discovery by astronomers in 1846, Neptune is seen here by the Voyager 2 spacecraft. Image courtesy NASA.

In April 2012, I was asked to give a short speech to a group of local students who participated in a science fair. I wasn’t sure what to say to them, until I saw a newscast the night before the fair. The story was some typically inaccurate fluff piece giving antiscience boneheads “equal time” with science, as if any ridiculous theory should have equal time against the truth.

I sat down with a pad of paper and a pencil and scribbled down this speech. I gave it almost exactly as I wrote it.


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