Episode #595

News Items

  • Santa Myth
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              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  Physicists studying solar cells may have discovered why most plants on Earth are green. https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/42499

                • Item #2 Science

                  Researchers have published the first estimate of the mass of the technosphere, 30 trillion tons, or 50 kilograms per square meter of Earth surface. http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2016/november/earth2019s-2018technosphere2019-now-weighs-30-trillion-tons-research-finds

                • Item #3 Fiction

                  Astronomers have identified the tiniest known asteroid, measuring about 200 millimeters in average diameter. https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/its-bird-its-plane-its-tiniest-asteroid

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘This job is a great scientific adventure. But it’s also a great human adventure. Mankind has made giant steps forward. However, what we know is really very, very little compared to what we still have to know.’ - Fabiola Gianotti, Higgs Boson physicist