Episode #551

News Items

  • The Aliens are Dead
  • Marvin Minsky
  • Probiotics Hype
      • Interview with SciBabe

          • http://www.scibabe.com/

          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Fiction

              The virus has spread from continent to continent hitching a ride on mosquitoes that in turn were spread by shipping.

            • Item #2 Science

              Although the virus is primarily spread through mosquitoes, there is evidence for possible transmission through donated blood, sexual contact, and from mother to infant. http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20751 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24739982 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=zika%2C+sexual+transmission

            • Item #3 Science

              The virus was first isolated from a rhesus monkey in the Zika forest in Uganda. http://zikavirusnet.com/history-of-zika.html

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            ‘What’s the difference between an invisible, incorporeal, floating dragon who spits heatless fire and no dragon at all?’ – Carl Sagan, Demon Haunted World