Articles by Patrick Rhodes

And Yet It Moves: Gravitational Waves

October 4, 2016 | Patrick Rhodes

"The moment he was set at liberty, he looked up to the sky and down to the ground, and, stamping with his foot, in a contemplative mood, said, Eppur si muove [And yet it moves], meaning the earth."1Giuseppe Baretti, on Galileo GalileiGalileo Galilei knew the Earth revolved around the ... [Read more...]

Pluto: To Catch an Icy King

July 28, 2015 | Patrick Rhodes

Sly as a fox, it is. Mysterious and diminutive, it has eluded us for decades. Despite what we've learned about Pluto, constant debate continues to rage over its classification. From the moment it was discovered, astronomers have bickered over this icy ...
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It’s a Batsman’s World (Cup)

April 17, 2015 | Patrick Rhodes

The 2015 Cricket World Cup rewrote the record books in dramatic fashion. Amidst the usual insanity that surrounds this event, there were some amazingly good - and bad - performances. Batting-wise, some of the previous records were smashed int...
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Career NBA: The Road Least Traveled

February 27, 2015 | Patrick Rhodes

The bell rings - time to go to practice. Jarnell Stokes heads over to the gym, changes, and starts warming up with his teammates. It's his Junior year in high school. The Memphis, Tennessee native has a lot on his mind; soon he'll have to mak...
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The Rise of the Samurai Pitcher

October 2, 2014 | Patrick Rhodes

Masahiro Tanaka stands on the mound, rubbing the ball vigorously between his hands. It's a crisp, cool night in the Bronx. Stepping back, he digs his right foot into the rubber, winds up and, with a seven-foot stretch, steps towards the catcher, unleashing a blistering four-seam, 95 mph fastball. Less than ...
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The New Madrid Fault – Past, Present and Future

November 2, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

New Madrid, Territory of Missouri, March 22, 1816 Dear Sir, In compliance with your request, I will now give you a history, as full in detail as the limits of the letter will permit, of the late awful visitation of Providence in this place and vicinity.  On the 16th of December, 1811, about ... [Read more...]

2014 Winter Olympics: Home Court Advantage – Russia

August 22, 2012 | Patrick Rhodes

"Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."  -- Winston Churchill, radio address in 1939 A couple of weeks ago, Graph of the Week published an article describing the significant improvement in medals won by the host country as opposed to how that country 'normally' performs when not ... [Read more...]
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