Episode #539

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: vocaloid

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    An examination of the medications used by astronauts on long duration missions aboard the ISS finds that the most common medications used are for anxiety. http://www.fasebj.org/content/29/11/4417

  • Item #2 Science

    A large survey of anti-vaccine websites finds that 2/3 of them use scientific studies to support their negative claims about vaccines, while 1/3 use anecdotes. http://www.livescience.com/52678-anti-vaccine-websites-distorted-science.html

  • Item #3 Science

    A new study suggests that supervolcanoes, unlike regular volcanoes, do not erupt because of a buildup of pressure in their magma chambers, and therefore require an external trigger. http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2015/11/04/Study-Supervoclanoes-triggered-externally/7221446667130/

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof.’ - Ashley Montagu