Episode #535

News Items

  • Nobel in Medicine
  • Nobel in Chemistry
  • Peer Reviewing The Martian
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  Using a mathematical model to predict crime location in order to direct police deployments resulted in a significant decrease in crime, even outperforming crime experts. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151007124810.htm

                • Item #2 Science

                  Using a mathematical model to predict crime location in order to direct police deployments resulted in a significant decrease in crime, even outperforming crime experts. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151007124810.htm

                • Item #3 Fiction

                  Physicists have recently published a paper demonstrating that the precise measurement of time is fundamentally impossible. http://phys.org/news/2015-10-perfectly-accurate-clocks-impossible.html

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                Don’t be afraid to be curious. Don’t be afraid to ask silly questions. Why is the sky blue? It turns out silly questions have profound and interesting answers. That at its heart is what science is all about. It’s understanding nature and not being afraid to ask why. - Amy Mainzer, astronomer