Episode #588

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Wavenet

Interview with David Pratt

  • www.davidpratt.ca

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Astronomers have discovered a solar system with three separate and misaligned planet-forming discs. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161011134323.htm

  • Item #2 Science

    Nanoengineers have created a system that transforms nanoparticles into universal modular “LEGO-like” building blocks. http://themelbourneengineer.eng.unimelb.edu.au/2016/10/nanoscale-engineering-transforms-particles-lego-like-building-blocks/

  • Item #3 Fiction

    In the first head-to-head comparison between doctors and computer-based diagnostic systems, the computer-based systems outperformed the human doctors in making correct diagnoses by 20%.https://hms.harvard.edu/news/doc-versus-machine-0

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Keep the company of those who seek the truth-run from those who have found it.’ - Vaclav Havel, writer, philosopher and last president of Czechoslovakia.