Episode #774

News Items

  • Air Plasma Jet Propulsion
  • Hydrogen Breathers
  • Murder Hornets
  • Prayer for COVID-19
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Fiction

                  Artificial fertilizer is responsible for 80% of current world food production. https://ourworldindata.org/how-many-people-does-synthetic-fertilizer-feed

                • Item #2 Science

                  The Haber-Bosch process, used to fix nitrogen, consumes between 1-2% of the world’s energy usage. https://cen.acs.org/environment/green-chemistry/Industrial-ammonia-production-emits-CO2/97/i24

                • Item #3 Science

                  One adult’s urine contains enough nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to fertilize enough food production for 50-100% of one person’s food requirements. https://modernfarmer.com/2014/01/human-pee-proven-fertilizer-future/

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.” -William Kingdon Clifford, mathematician and philosopher (4 May 1845-1879)