In preparation for our two SGU recordings at Dragon Con 2014, we had to record episode #477 earlier than normal, almost a week ahead of our usual schedule. Because so much science and skeptic news occurs every day, it means we sometimes miss on some very interesting items which might have otherwise made it to the show. Here’s a small sample of some of the items we might have otherwise covered:
A new study published in the Journal of Climate Science suggests that the risk of a “decade-scale megadrought” in the US Southwest is above 80% and may be as high as 90% in specific areas.
We didn’t really didn’t need another reason to decrease our reliance on fossil fuels, but we have one anyway. According to a study published in Nature, human activities caused mercury levels in the ocean to triple from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
A paper published in the Journal of Food Science called The Quantification of Pizza Baking Properties of Different Cheeses, and Their Correlation with Cheese Functionality examined how properties of different cheeses contributed to the appearance of pizza.
A possible culprit in a recent nuclear waste disposal accident was the switch from inorganic to organic cat litter used to neutralize the waste. Someone apparently wanted to be “greener.”
While watching a television show about mining for gold, I learned that one of their many techniques for collecting gold is to wash the mats they work with using clean water, for it sometimes reveals fleck of gold among the sifted dirt. That’s a pretty good analogy for our cutting room floor each week. Here are some of the gold flecks we would have enjoyed covering in episode 475:
Scientists are now using an ultrafast laser to tease out for the first time the details of water’s bizarre super-cooled behavior and structure.
Water is wonderful and weird. It’s more dense than ice, it holds tremendous heat, and its surface tension is so strong it’s like a force field…sort of.