Episode #719

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week – Huygens probe

Question #1: Flying Cars

  • Follow Up

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    Astronomers have observed a superflare from our Sun, 10 times as powerful as the Carrington event, although safely pointed away from the Earth. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190417120041.htm

  • Item #2 Science

    Astronomers report that confirmation of 7 exoplanets with periods greater than 15 years, the longest greater than 40 years. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190417102747.htm

  • Item #3 Science

    New measurements find that while Mercury’s outer core is molten, its inner core is solid and about the same size as Earth’shttps://eos.org/scientific-press/scientists-find-evidence-mercury-has-a-solid-inner-core

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘The bottom line is that humans are very bad at understanding probability. Everyone finds it difficult, even I do. We just have to get better at it. We need to learn to spot when we are being manipulated.’ David Spiegelhalter – Winton professor for the public understanding of risk at the University of Cambridge.