Episode #640

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Water

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    Engineers have built a usable nano-battery using waste graphite that has sufficient energy density to run a pacemaker for 20 years. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171011120321.htm

  • Item #2 Science

    Researchers have developed an air-breathing flow battery usable for grid storage that costs 20% as much as lithium-ion batteries with nearly as much energy density. http://news.mit.edu/2017/air-breathing-battery-making-renewable-power-more-viable-grid-1011

  • Item #3 Science

    A new analysis finds that there are enough raw materials available to meet projected demand for lithium-ion battery production for at least 15 years. http://news.mit.edu/2017/will-metal-supplies-limit-battery-expansion-1011

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“I am not very optimistic about people’s ability to change the way they think, but I am fairly optimistic about their ability to detect the mistakes of others.” - Daniel Kahneman