Episode #591

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Minke Whale, The Thing

Interview with Brian Wecht

  • https://www.newscientist.com/article/2110591-physics-tweak-solves-five-of-the-biggest-problems-in-one-go/

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    New studies find that diamond nanothreads, which are even thinner than carbon nanotubes, are much more flexible, and therefore have more potential applications, including possible use in building a space elevator. http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/yournews/66795

  • Item #2 Fiction

    #2) Scientists have created 3-D printed permanent magnets that are over 100 times more powerful than traditionally made magnets of the same material. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161101135328.htm

  • Item #3 Science

    Chemists have created low cost, non-toxic paper that can be printed, completely erased, and reused up to 40 times. http://phys.org/news/2016-11-rewritable-material-paper.html

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“I’m a scientific expert; that means I know nothing about absolutely everything.” Dr. Heywood Floyd, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clark