Episode #675

News Items

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Scientists have demonstrated a commercially viable method for extracting uranium from seawater, which has 500 times the uranium as land-based ore. https://phys.org/news/2018-06-seawater-yields-grams-yellowcake-yarn-like.html

  • Item #2 Science

    A new study reports a technique for using magnetic particles to improve the taste of wine. https://phys.org/news/2018-06-magnetic-treatment-off-flavor-wines.html

  • Item #3 Fiction

    A new analysis finds that subjects remember information no better when presented in virtual reality vs traditional desktop displays. https://obj.umiacs.umd.edu/virtual_reality_study/10.1007-s10055-018-0346-3.pdf

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“Being a woman scientist in my country is very challenging. Some people see me as a threat and do not understand why I am not in the kitchen. When I am out in the field collecting data, some people look at me strangely and wonder why a woman is in a forest with a team of men. But I love what I do, and all of these challenges encourage me to learn and do more as a woman scientist.” – Adwoba Kua-Manza Edjah, research scientist at Ghana Atomic Energy Commission and doctoral candidate in hydrogeology at the University of Ghana in Legon