Episode #545

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Cordon Bleu bird

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    In May scientists announced that they had discovered the first fish to be entirely endothermic, or warm-blooded. http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2015/05/15/4235761.htm

  • Item #2 Fiction

    A paper published in July provides evidence for early cultivation of plants, 11 thousand years before the accepted beginning of agriculture 12 thousand years ago. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0131422

  • Item #3 Fiction

    Scientists have developed a mesh that can separate bacteria from any fluid, including blood, which can be used to treat infections. http://phys.org/news/2015-04-scientists-mesh-captures-oilbut.html

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Science should always be impartial in its application and it is vital for administrators to affirm they believe in the scientific process and in transparency and accountability’ -Kirsty Duncan, science minister of Canada