Interview with Stephon Alexander
- The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe
Science or Fiction
Scientists have developed an organic solvent that can dissolve any source of cellulose at room temperature, tripling the efficiency of producing biofuel from plant waste. https://scienmag.com/love-hate-relationship-of-solvent-and-water-leads-to-better-biomass-breakup/
Scientists have demonstrated a solar energy converter with 85% efficiency and project a cost of 3 cents per kilowatt hour. https://neworleanscitybusiness.com/blog/2020/07/15/tulane-scientists-build-high-performing-hybrid-solar-energy-converter/
Researchers have developed a catalyst that can be used in the conversion of sea water to fuel and calculate that it will function at industrial scale. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2020/EE/D0EE01457E#!divAbstract
Skeptical Quote of the Week.
‘Hopefully, the 27th time’s the charm.’ - Grant Imahara