Episode #554

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Sublimation

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    Scientists report the analysis of a new species, Chororapithecus abyssinicus, from a >40% complete specimen they believe represents the most recent common ancestor between humans and gorillas. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160216143926.htm

  • Item #2 Science

    A new app turns smarts phones into a global seismic detection network. http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/02/12/new-app-turns-smartphones-into-worldwide-seismic-network/

  • Item #3 Science

    A recent survey finds that Americans are more likely to have “a great deal of confidence” in scientific leaders than any other community, other than the military. http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2016/survey-says-americans-support-for-science-remains-strong/

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘The many instances of forged miracles, and prophecies, and supernatural events, which, in all ages, have either been detected by contrary evidence, or which detect themselves by their absurdity, prove sufficiently the strong propensity of mankind to the extraordinary and the marvellous, and ought reasonably to beget a suspicion against all relations of this kind.’ David Hume