Episode #660

News Items

  • Moa Genome
  • Superatomic Semiconductor
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  According to a study by the CDC, the most common cause of animal-related deaths are due to deadly encounters with farm animals. http://www.wemjournal.org/article/S1080-6032(17)30313-7/fulltext

                • Item #2 Fiction

                  Researchers have produced the first commercial perovskite solar cell with efficiencies equal to silicon based solar cells but only 1% of the thickness. https://www.elsevier.com/about/press-releases/research-and-journals/a-new-approach-towards-highly-efficient-and-air-stable-perovskite-solar-cells

                • Item #3 Science

                  Scientists report a new method for creating graphene on the surface of a variety of organic materials, including food items, allowing for the creation of edible electronics. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsnano.7b08539

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “Where misunderstanding dwells, misuse will not be far behind. No theory in the history of science has been more misused and abused by cranks and charlatans—and misunderstood by people struggling in good faith with difficult ideas—than quantum mechanics.” ― Sean Carroll