Episode #716

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Battleship

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