Episode #716

News Items

  • Get Rid of Statistical Significance
  • Alcosynth
  • Predicting Suicide
  • Coal vs Renewables
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Fiction

                  The water flea, Daphnia, has the most genes of any animal, at 215,000. https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=118530

                • Item #2 Science

                  2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created on the internet every day. https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2018/05/21/how-much-data-do-we-create-every-day-the-mind-blowing-stats-everyone-should-read/#49d4801260ba

                • Item #3 Science

                  In order to learn their primary language, by age 18 kids store the equivalent of 1.5 megabytes of data. https://news.berkeley.edu/2019/03/27/younglanguagelearners/

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “Scepticism is the ally of tolerance and pluralism. It prompts humility because it accepts that human judgment is imperfect and so concedes the possibility that our own political convictions, no matter how deeply held, may in fact be wrong.” David Liddington MP