Episode #597

News Items

  • Cryogenic Energy Storage
  • Deorbiting Space Junk
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Fiction

                  A study of college students finds an inverse relationship between mood and academic achievement, with those reporting more stress and negative emotions performing better than their happy peers. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161130131234.htm

                • Item #2 Science

                  A new study finds that most undergraduate students do not improve their problem solving skills after the first semester. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10734-016-0082-0

                • Item #3 Science

                  Researchers find that children who gesture more, or were encouraged to gesture more, are more creative that those who gesture less. http://ukedchat.com/2016/12/14/gesturing-can-boost-childrens-creative-thinking/

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.” - As quoted in ‘Space All systems go for National Space Day’ at CNN (4 May 2000); also at John Glenn Friendship 7 Day