Could the death star destroy a planet?

I read this interesting article recently in the Smithsonian Magazine blog, and would recommend that you have a look. The article looks at how 3 students published a study looking a whether the death star could destroy a planet and published their findings in their undergraduate astronomy and physics journal. I’m glad to see that there is such an openness and flexibility regarding what can be published in peer reviewed journals. The topics can be anything that inspires or motivates a student, but the physics and science still needs to be rigorous. The same kind of new thinking should also apply to all science and health related fields. Medical journals should also take a leaf out of the same book, and start to include topics which are motivating, provided that the science remains true. Keeping the topics open will only encourage more readership, and may even motivate the upcoming generation to keep on pursuing scientific research which continues to be relevant.

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