Episode #544

News Items

  • Storing Nuclear Waste
  • Gene Editing Ethics
      • Interview with Michael Shermer

          • http://www.michaelshermer.com/

          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Science

              A new study finds that increasing the alcohol tax is Maryland was followed by a decrease in the incidence of gonorrhea. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151209135754.htm

            • Item #2 Science

              A paper published in Applied Energy shows that storing energy in metal powder is a feasible alternative to fossil fuels. https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/could-metal-particles-be-clean-fuel-future-257172

            • Item #3 Fiction

              New research finds that feeding pigs human food waste, or swill, is partially responsible for the recent swine flu epidemic. http://phys.org/news/2015-12-food-pigs-vast-swathes-threatened.html

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            ‘It sometimes seems to me that we are all afflicted with an urge and have a longing for the impossible. The reality around is too common, too dull, too ordinary for us. We hanker after the unnatural, the supernatural, that which does not exist… We long for a miracle!’ -M.C. Escher