Syntax and Science Writing

Okay, I know it’s basically a press-release aggregator, but I still check in on from time to time. Today, I found this and couldn’t stop WTFing.

A team of transatlantic scientists, using reanalyzed data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, has discovered an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting in its star’s habitable zone, the area around a star where a rocky planet could support liquid water. [emphasis added]

Now I’m going all kooky with images of a scientist named Talos who is 12,000 miles tall with one foot in Noordwijk, Netherlands and the other in Greenbelt, Maryland.



  1. Rob Grigjanis says

    chigau @4: My guess is “syntax”, but if so, John is wrong, because syntax can include word order. “A transatlantic team of scientists” is perfectly cromulent.

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