Episode #540

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Architectural Instrument

Interview with Simon Singh

  • http://simonsingh.net/

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    A new report describes a method for adding quantum dots to standard lithium ion batteries, allowing a cell phone to fully charge in 30 seconds. http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2015/11/quantum-dots-made-from-fool%E2%80%99s-gold-boost-battery-performance/

  • Item #2 Fiction

    A study looking at medications stored aboard the ISS finds that, on average, drugs in microgravity degrade at twice the normal rate. http://www.aaps.org/News/Press_Room/Press_Releases/Medicines_Do_Not_Seem_to_Degrade_Faster_in_Space/

  • Item #3 Science

    Scientists have created the first porous liquid, a liquid with holes, allowing it to dissolve large amounts of gas. http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2015/11/11/Scientists-invent-worlds-first-porous-liquid/5471447277687/

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“We ignore public understanding of science at our peril” — Eugenie Clark