Episode #705

News Items

  • Crowdfunding Quackery
  • Butterfly Decline
  • When Galaxies Collide
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  Researchers are developing artificial compound eyes for autonomous vehicles and robots because they have superior peripheral vision and motion detection. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsnano.8b04047

                • Item #2 Fiction

                  A newly published model predicts that the most cost-effective grid storage between now and 2050 for most applications will be hydrogen. https://www.cell.com/joule/fulltext/S2542-4351(18)30583-X

                • Item #3 Science

                  Astronomers report the detection of the second known repeating FRB source, using Canada’s CHIME radio telescope. https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/canadas-chime-telescope-detects-second-repeating-fast-radio-burst-292994

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘We need to learn to differentiate between credible sources and evidence-scarce websites … between scientific consensus and cherry-picked, one-off studies. Taking just the first step, to try and fact check before sharing information, is hugely beneficial.’ Kavin Senapathy