Episode #545

News Items

  • Hunting for Planet X
  • Antidepressants and Autism
  • More Problems for Supplements
              • 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