Episode #556

News Items

  • A Year in Space
  • Fast Radio Bursts
  • Imaging Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Galaxy Symmetry
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  A 2015 review of lifecycle assessments of electric vehicles shows that overall they reduce green house gas emissions compared to gasoline vehicles. http://tinyurl.com/hmdlze4

                • Item #2 Fiction

                  A recent analysis finds that adoption of LED lights has led to a backfire effect in which total energy expenditure increases due to increased use of lighting. http://theenergycollective.com/jessejenkins/2151551/leds-efficient-lights-and-rebound-effects

                • Item #3 Science

                  A 2010 USDA report concludes that corn ethanol produces 2.3 BTUs of energy for every 1 BTU of energy used in production. http://blogs.usda.gov/2010/09/21/usda-report-shows-improving-corn-ethanol-energy-efficiency/

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” — Rosalind Franklin