Episode #540

News Items

  • Making Metals Stronger
  • http://phys.org/news/2015-11-metals-stronger-sacrificing-ductility.html
  • Fossilized Brains
      • 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