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Long-Standing Mystery of Stars Solved

Posted February 04, 2013 11:35 AM

From The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries Channel: Sci, Space, Tech:

Scientists at Northumbria University have begun to unlock the mystery of why the outer edge of the Sun is much hotter than its surface for the first time. A team led by Northumbria's Dr Richard Morton, and including researchers from the University of Sheffield and Queen's University Belfast, have used cutting-edge solar-imaging technology to observe the Sun's chromosphere - a region of the Sun's atmosphere sandwiched between its surface (photosphere) and outer layer (corona) - to an unprecedented level of detail.

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Re: Long-Standing Mystery of Stars Solved

02/05/2013 8:54 AM

This is an interesting article, and the work described sounds useful, but unfortunately the headline says 'solved' whereas the article shows that the problem is still far from solved. Here are some lines pulled from the article:

'...have begun to unlock the mystery...'

'Their calculations confirm that the MHD waves could be responsible for transporting energy...'

"Our observations have permitted us to estimate the amount of energy..."

I emphasized some key words here, 'begun to unlock', 'could be responsible', and 'estimate'. As one reads the article it becomes obvious that they are still a ways from saying the problem is 'solved'. -- That's not to take away any credit for what they've done. They've developed a powerful tool for studying the chromosphere, which is a tricky thing to study, so they deserve kudos for their work.

Sadly, the headline writer has hyped the work in a way that actually detracts from what the researchers have done. I realize the need for a eye-grabbing headline, but an equally good headline might have said 'Scientists develop powerful tool for unlocking the Sun's mysteries'. -- Which would have emphasized their credit-worthy work.

Also, although the article says they have developed 'cutting-edge solar-imaging technology' the photo included with the article isn't one from their cutting-egdge imaging technology, but is in fact from NASA's Solar Dynamic Observatory. WTF?

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Re: Long-Standing Mystery of Stars Solved

02/05/2013 3:42 PM

Yes, they seem to be stuck in the eye catching headlines, most of which don't make any sense. It's revolting.

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02/05/2013 11:18 PM

It's funny how the words that are essential to a researcher are blasphemous to a copy editor,

...and vise versa.

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