Episode #671

News Items

  • Google Duplex
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              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  The united states experiences 75% of the world’s tornadoes, about 1000 per year. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/tornadoes/?beta=true

                • Item #2 Fiction

                  The EF scale used to rate tornado intensity is largely based on direct measurements of wind speeds in the region of the tornado. https://weather.com/storms/tornado/news/enhanced-fujita-scale-20130206

                • Item #3 Science

                  The largest tornado on record lasted for 3 1/2 hours and traveled at over 70 mph. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tornado_records

                • Item #4 Science

                  The single deadliest tornado in world history occurred in Bangladesh in 1989 killing over 1,300 people. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tornado_records

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “Science is a beautiful gift to humanity; we should not distort it.” - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam