Episode #784

News Items

  • Fighting Climate Change with Rock Dust
  • Perception and Filtering
  • Unused Spectrum
      • Interview with Stephon Alexander

          • The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe

          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 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/

            • Item #2 Science

              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/

            • Item #3 Science

              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