The above were the most interesting topics I heard discussed on my various podcasts this week.
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Dr. Stuart Robbins produced quite an intriguing episode of Exposing PseudoAstronomy on when do we know what we know in science and who ought to receive proper attribution for a discovery or inventing something. The idea for the episode was sparked by the recent N.A.S.A. announcement that liquid water actually flows on Mars, which in turn caused some better known pseudoscientists to cry foul. The pseudo-scientists claimed they had discovered liquid water on Mars years earlier and while it feels great to be found correct by the powers that be, the discovery is nothing new.
There is a difference between building the case for liquid water on Mars which N.A.S.A. has been doing for decades, and speculation which is what the pseudoscience crowd was performing for the most part. Dr. Robbins breaks all this down, and by the end of it, I was a bit miffed that after N.A.S.A.'s hard work in this regard anyone would try to jump in and say me first is inappropriate.