Episode #705

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Observatory dome

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Researchers are developing artificial compound eyes for autonomous vehicles and robots because they have superior peripheral vision and motion detection. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsnano.8b04047

  • Item #2 Fiction

    A newly published model predicts that the most cost-effective grid storage between now and 2050 for most applications will be hydrogen. https://www.cell.com/joule/fulltext/S2542-4351(18)30583-X

  • Item #3 Science

    Astronomers report the detection of the second known repeating FRB source, using Canada’s CHIME radio telescope. https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/canadas-chime-telescope-detects-second-repeating-fast-radio-burst-292994

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘We need to learn to differentiate between credible sources and evidence-scarce websites … between scientific consensus and cherry-picked, one-off studies. Taking just the first step, to try and fact check before sharing information, is hugely beneficial.’ Kavin Senapathy