Episode #649

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Cattle call

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Scientists report a breakthrough with hydrogen-boron fusion using lasers and predict a working prototype within 10 years. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171213104941.htm

  • Item #2 Fiction

    Engineers at Wageningen University have developed a system by which they can harvest electricity directly from plants, and bioengineered a tree that, when mature, several together can produce enough electricity to power a small home. http://www.plant-e.com/en/plant-e-modular-system/

  • Item #3 Science

    Researchers demonstrate a method they claim can be used to convert 850 million tons of atmospheric CO2 into a mineral each year, using seawater and scrap metal, and producing hydrogen as a side product. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cssc.201702087/abstract

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘A theory which is not refutable by any conceivable event is non-scientific. Irrefutability is not a virtue of a theory (as people often think) but a vice. Every genuine test of a theory is an attempt to falsify it, or refute it.’ — Karl Raimund Popper