Episode #560

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Harbor seal

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Scientists have developed transparent wood that can be used as building material. http://www.sciencenewsline.com/news/2016033018090002.html

  • Item #2 Fiction

    A new computer model indicates that some heavy elements, such as gold, may have been formed near the event horizon of hungry black holes. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160330103322.htm

  • Item #3 Science

    New research finds that a new technique for scrolling information on a computer screen improves skimming efficiency by 60% and allows readers to find points of interest 210% faster. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160329101237.htm

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Science is not the opposite of art or expression. Science has no motives or end goal other than to inform. You can act on that information in whatever way you choose.’ - J. Kenji Lopez-Alt