Episode #542

News Items

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    A new study finds that the Earth’s magnetic field is much closer to flipping polarity than previously thought and may happen this century. http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2015/11/23/earths-magnetic-field-just-returning-to-normal/

  • Item #2 Science

    After sequencing the genome of the tardigrade researchers found that about 6,000 genes, or over 17% of the tardigrade’s genome is composed of foreign DNA. http://uncnews.unc.edu/2015/11/23/a-huge-chunk-of-a-tardigrades-genome-comes-from-foreign-dna/

  • Item #3 Science

    Engineers have made bionic roses, with transistors and electrodes incorporated into the leaves and stem, including a rose that can change color when an electrical current is applied. http://www.nature.com/news/bionic-roses-implanted-with-electronic-circuits-1.18851

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘A professor can never better distinguish himself in his work than by encouraging a clever pupil, for the true discovers are among them, as comets amongst the stars.’ Carl Linnaeus