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    • I came across this article about how Jupiter has been flinging comets toward earth. For the longest time, scientists have thought Jupiter has acted as a shield, protecting our planet, but now it looks like that’s not the case. The answer is rather complex. Namely, that in some cases Jupiter does protect earth, but in other cases it flings comets that would otherwise be no threat to us our direction. Apparently, Jupiter has a habit of capturing comets, letting them hang around for a little while, and then spitting them back out into space. Pretty wild! 

    • Slight digression: should we use language that ascribes intentions to inanimate objects like planets in science reporting?

      I see that even astronomers quoted in the article use these, maybe because it makes things easy to understand and appealing to potential readers (you could say click-baity). At the same time, I feel like every time we do that, it hurts clarity and makes it harder to understand what the actual findings were.

    • Interesting point. I went with title because I thought it would catch more eyes and I like to come up with creative titles. I also think personification can be an effective tool to help us better relate with our surroundings.

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      concept | ˈkɒnsɛpt | noun

      an abstract idea: structuralism is a difficult concept | the concept of justice. 

      • a plan or intention: the centre has kept firmly to its original concept. 

      • an idea or invention to help sell or publicize a commodity: a new concept in corporate hospitality. 

      • [as modifier] (of a car or other vehicle) produced as an experimental model to test the viability of innovative design features: a concept car for next month's Geneva motor show

      • Philosophy an idea or mental image which corresponds to some distinct entity or class of entities, or to its essential features, or determines the application of a term (especially a predicate), and thus plays a part in the use of reason or language.