Episode #780

News Items

  • Twistronics
  • Drake Remix
  • Editing Human Embryos
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  About 50% of the heat given off by the Earth’s interior is generated from radioactive decay. https://physicsworld.com/a/radioactive-decay-accounts-for-half-of-earths-heat/

                • Item #2 Science

                  Earth is the densest planet in the solar system. https://www.universetoday.com/36935/density-of-the-planets/#:~:text=Density%20of%20Earth%3A,gravity%20of%209.8%20m%2Fs%C2%B2.

                • Item #3 Fiction

                  The driest place on Earth is the Atacama Desert in Chile and Peru, which receives on average 15 mm of rainfall per year. https://www.universetoday.com/15031/driest-place-on-earth/

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “Science is elegant and beautiful, but it requires an effort to understand. This is a golden opportunity to educate people. Any person with a scientific temperament, not necessarily a scientist, cannot support these types of messages.’ Hasan Al Hariri, CEO of the Dubai Astronomy Group when asked about the June 21 2020 doomsday insanity