Episode #552

News Items

  • Zika Conspiracy
  • Spa Death
  • Planetary Defense System
  • Lab-Grown Meat
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  Researchers at MIT have created a new RFID chip that is virtually impossible to hack. http://news.mit.edu/2016/hack-proof-rfid-chips-0203

                • Item #2 Science

                  A new study contradicts prior conclusions, finding there is no evidence that radiation from X-rays and CT scans cause cancer. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-02/luhs-npt020316.php

                • Item #3 Fiction

                  A newly published computer simulation supports the conclusion that both Jupiter and Saturn significantly protect the inner solar system from comets, making life on Earth possible. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160203110938.htm

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘Treat beliefs not as sacred possessions to be guarded but rather as testable hypotheses to be discarded when the evidence mounts against them.’ Philip Tetlock