Newswire: Neil DeGrasse Tyson bungles science of Deflate-gate scandal

The farce of the NFL’s “Deflate-Gate” affair has become hysterical enough that prominent astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson felt the need to weigh in on Twitter, and in the space of 125 characters, Tyson managed to bungle some straightforward fundamentals of science.

The sporting-goods controversy centers on the footballs used by the Patriots offense in this year’s AFC Championship Game, which were tested by officials at halftime and were reportedly found to be as much as two pounds per square inch under the NFL specification of 12.5-13.5 PSI. The league is investigating whether the Patriots tampered with their footballs. On Saturday, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick held a press conference in which he said that the team had conducted experiments and determined that temperature, rain, and other variables can account for swings in a ball’s internal pressure after it is inflated. Tyson is having …

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