Episode #558

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: The Sun

Interview with: Bruce Hood

  • http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/human-brains-evolved-over-thousands-7504987

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    A new study identifies a spinal cord pathway that, when stimulated, essentially turns off pain conduction to the brain, reducing pain to imperceptible. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ner.12346/abstract

  • Item #2 Science

    Scientists report that the Nheengatu native Amazonians indicate time of day by pointing to the location of the sun at that time, the first recorded instance of specific information being conveyed entirely by gesture in an auditory language. http://phys.org/news/2016-03-linguistics-signifying-human-gesture-clock.html

  • Item #3 Science

    Scientists report that they have completely reversed osteoporosis in mice through a single injection of stem cells. http://news.engineering.utoronto.ca/stem-cell-therapy-reverses-age-related-osteoporosis-mice/

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.’ - Louis Pasteur