Episode #501

News Items

  • Making Better Steel
  • Did Williams Lie?
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  In the year 500 BCE the estimated human population was 100,000,000. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_population_estimates

                • Item #2 Fiction

                  In the 20th century there were four 500 year floods of the Mississippi river. http://mvs-wc.mvs.usace.army.mil/papers/paper1/paper1.html

                • Item #3 Science

                  The Western Electric Model 500 telephone was the standard Bell System phone in North America from 1950 through 1984, and is the most common telephone ever produced. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_500_telephone

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.” - Carl Sagan