Episode #133

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    Interview with Richard Hayes

    • www.ucsusa.org/Rich HayesDeputy DirectorCommunicationsUnion of Concerned ScientistsLead Author for A Scientist Guide to Talking with the Media

    Organic Milk

    • Hello guys,Love the show. I just wanted to help clarify one point about organic milk, which Steve said cost twice as much for no real reason. Milk that’s labeled ‘organic’ from most brands you’ll find in a grocery store may be organic, but the real reason it tastes better and has a much, much longer shelf life is because it’s been through a process called UHT, or Ultra High Temperature processing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra high_temperature_processingThis is my favorite brand of super milk. Just search the page for UHT.www.organicvalley.coop/faq/milk and cream/milk/Apparently people get freaked out if they’re told they don’t have to refrigerate their milk until they open it, so the companies have hit on using the fashionable ‘organic’ label to obscure the fact that the UHT nature of the product is what actually makes it special.Scott HamiltonSt. Petersburg
    • Hey all,I was in a bookstore the other day and was bewildered to see an entire display devoted to books about the coming apocalypse in the year 2012. I’d heard before that that Mayan calendar ends in 2012 and for some reason this is supposed to signal the end of the world. But just from skimming over the titles of these books, I can’t make out what exactlyis supposed to happen then, one book says that the Mayan god Quetzlcoatl will return, another says that the magnetic poles will suddenly shift.Then, earlier today, I came across a message board post on Amazon.com in which a woman stated that she watched a 2012 apocalypse show on The Discovery Channel and was terrified for the well being of her children. She has apparently lost a lot of sleep over it.Of course, this whole thing is nonsense, but I have some superstitious friends who I know will buy into the doomsday predictions, and a simple ‘It’s all hooey’ from me won’t stop them from losing sleep like the poor message board poster. Do you guys know any more about the origins/history of this latest apocalypse craze?Thanks for the great show,Pete LobczowskiDelaware

    Science or Fiction

    • Item #1 Science

      Researchers have restored sight to blind mice by transplanting stem cells into their eyes.

    • Item #2 Fiction

      New study shows that daily flossing is associated with lower scores on standard IQ tests.

    • Item #3 Science

      Georgia Tech researchers have developed a fuel combustion engine that produces almost zero emissions.

    Skeptical Quote of the Week.