Episode #549

News Items

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Neuroscientists have discovered a mechanism by which our brain compress memories, allowing us to experience them in “fast forward.” http://www.sciencecodex.com/scientists_discover_how_we_play_memories_in_fast_forward-173343

  • Item #2 Fiction

    Researchers have developed a laser light treatment that can be applied to growing crops, killing many common pests and potentially dramatically reducing the need for pesticide. http://phys.org/news/2016-01-lasers-oranges-common-citrus-greening.html

  • Item #3 Science

    Scientists have developed tiny robots that can attach themselves to immobile sperm and swim them to the egg so they can participate in fertilization. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww-x-VIFh-Q&feature=youtu.be

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.” —Sir William Henry Bragg, Nobel Prize for Physics, 1915