Pluto the Planet, R.I.P.

Remember when Pluto was a planet? Remember when it was mathematically impossible to fold a piece of paper more than 7 times? Remember when there were only 3 “kingdoms” of organism in the world – plant, animal, and bacteria? And maybe fungi and protists too, depending on when you went to middle school. Well, guess what? None of that is true anymore.

 

This fun and interesting article walks us through 7 facts we learned in school that are now no longer true. Be sure to click that link and read the whole list, it’s a good one.

 

One of the beautiful things about science is that our views of the world constantly change as we gather more data, test and test and test our theories, and ultimately come to new understandings based on rigorous scientific processes. So while it may feel a little weird to realize that some scientific “truths” you grew up with may no longer be true, I think we can all agree it’s pretty important that we continue to challenge our long-held assumptions and push ourselves to an ever-clearer understanding of our universe.

April 7, 2017

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