Episode #801

News Items

  • Prebunking
  • Real Cause of Light Pollution
  • Physics Paradox Solved
  • New Nuclear Thermal Engines
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  Astronomers find that the mean thermal energy density of gases in the universe has been increasing, and is now 2 million Kelvin, 10 times hotter than 10 billion years ago. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201110133132.htm

                • Item #2 Fiction

                  A new study finds that programs which demolish abandoned properties reduces nearby crime rates. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10511482.2020.1800776

                • Item #3 Science

                  A paleontology student has discovered that a fossil collection of ancient sharks in two UK museums are actually pterosaurs, including a previously unknown species.https://phys.org/news/2020-11-fossil-shark-mystery-pterosaur.html

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “There’s a certain comfort that comes from knowing a fact. The sun is up in the sky. There’s nothing you can say that’s going to change that. You can’t say, ‘The sun’s not up there, there’s no sky.’ There is reality, and there’s nothing wrong with accepting reality. It’s when you try to distort reality, to maneuver it into accommodating your particular point of view, your particular bigotry, your particular whatever — that’s when you run into problems.” - Alex Trebek