Episode #723

News Items

  • Hardy Exoplanets
  • Moonquakes
  • Don’t Farm Octopuses
      • Interview with Bjeorn Penning

          • https://www.brandeis.edu/departments/physics/people/faculty/penning.html

          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Science

              The Sahara Desert is growing – its southern border expands south by ½ kilometer every month. http://www.ciesin.org/docs/002-178/002-178.html

            • Item #2 Fiction

              About 200 separate native languages are spoken in Africa. https://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/african_languages.htm

            • Item #3 Science

              The pangolin is the most trafficked animal in the world, sold for its scales and meat. https://www.rainforesttrust.org/the-most-trafficked-least-known-animal-celebrating-world-pangolin-day/

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            ‘Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature: and in such things as these, experiment is the best test of such consistency.’ Michael Faraday