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Re: “Lucky Shot: UA helps capture first image of a black hole

I'm sorry if this appears to be nitpicking at a low level, but I have to say you really need a science writer on your team. Mr. Gardner's admirable stories on art and popular culture, food and film are not a basis for writing on scientific topics, and as a result I see things like:

"a photon had to leave the black hole from close to the event horizon, just on the lip of the point of no return. The photon then traveled through the hot gas being sucked into the black hole. Not every light wave can do this, but radio waves are small enough to."

This is just so misleading. Photons do not leave the black hole; photons or "light waves" are not of any "size". The light being observed (at radio frequencies) comes from objects behind the black hole and it is the effect of the black hole and the gasses around it as the light passes just outside the event horizon that generate the data used to build the images.

One of the most difficult tasks of a reporter is writing science details in a manner that is understandable without distorting the information or misleading the readers. I would not be surprised if a real astronomer or physicist disputed the description I wrote above, and I would also not be surprised if readers found my description more confusing or difficult to understand than the original text; but neither am I a science writer. But ease of understanding does not justify misleading the reader on the basic science.

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Posted by J_in_Cochise on 04/21/2019 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Y Tu Mama Tambien

Too bad I saw this in the issue mailed to me on the 13th.

Posted by J_in_Cochise on 12/13/2018 at 4:01 PM

Re: “The Music Man Comes To Town

If I may pick a nit here, I would like to point out that the creator of this terrific piece of work over 60 years ago deserves to have his name, Robert Reiniger Meredith Willson, properly spelled.

Posted by J_in_Cochise on 11/29/2018 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Shark Weak

I'm going to suggest that JAWS, from 1975, got away with a PG rating because the rating PG-13 was not invented until 1984 after INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM was released with a PG.

Posted by J_in_Cochise on 08/31/2018 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Tips For Jesus

Well, what's there is better than "absorbent", which was what I saw this morning. :-)

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Posted by J_in_Cochise on 12/11/2013 at 12:26 AM

Re: “Tips For Jesus

Did you mean "exorbitant"?

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Posted by J_in_Cochise on 12/10/2013 at 4:10 PM

Re: “A Video Survey of American Dialects Makes You Realize That You're the Only One Who Speaks Correctly

Massachusetts still has a lot of people who refer to a soda as "tonic", and a milkshake as a "frappe" (pronounced "frap"). A hero/hoagie/sub is somewhere (Connecticut rings a bell) called a "grinder" - don't think that was on the video. And in all the concern for the pronunciation of "bag" they completely ignored the fact that in some parts of the country that would be called a "sack".

Posted by J_in_Cochise on 11/29/2013 at 12:47 AM

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