Episode #722

News Items

  • Phosphorene Nanoribbons
  • Hearables
      • Interview with Daniel Clark

          • Director of Behind the Curve https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8132700/

          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Fiction

              A new comprehensive review finds that, despite their dangers, porcupines make up a substantial portion of the normal diet of African lions. https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/40978/20190508/lions-vs-porcupines.htm

            • Item #2 Science

              For the first time researchers have documented the ability to form transitive inference, applying learned rules to a unique situation, in an invertebrate species – the paper wasp. https://news.umich.edu/paper-wasps-capable-of-behavior-that-resembles-logical-reasoning/

            • Item #3 Science

              A new analysis finds that between 2010 and 2016 the use of services like Uber and Lyft were responsible for most of the increase in traffic congestion in San Francisco. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/uber-and-lyft-may-be-making-san-francisco-s-traffic-worse

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            The Bullsit Asymmetry Principle or Brandolini’s Law: ’The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.’ Alberto Brandolini, 2013 Italian programmer