Episode #542

News Items

  • Scientific Consensus
  • Hobbit Update
  • Gene drive in mosquitoes could eradicate malaria
              • 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