Episode #561

News Items

  • Swearing
  • Laser Propulsion
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Fiction

                  Scientists have developed solar cells made from inexpensive perovskite crystals that are almost twice as efficient as silicon based solar cells. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/su-ssi040616.php

                • Item #2 Science

                  Researchers announce that they have made and successfully tested a rechargeable battery that uses bacteria to store and generate electricity. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160406124941.htm

                • Item #3 Science

                  MIT scientists have devised a technique for doubling the efficiency of coal burning to produce electricity. http://news.mit.edu/2016/hybrid-system-could-cut-coal-plant-emissions-half-0404

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “I’ve discovered the one cause of all the one-cause theories: a deficiency of critical-thinking skills combined with an overactive imagination. “ - Harriet Hall