Episode #562

News Items

  • Pig Heart Transplants
  • Should we hide from Aliens
  • Computer Artists
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Fiction

                  New research finds that bedbugs have evolved a thicker cuticle, or exoskeleton, which allows them to survive temperatures up to 210 F (99 C). http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36037823

                • Item #2 Science

                  Programmers have created an algorithm that can uniquely identify a user from anonymized data if they have made a single geotagged post on two apps. http://www.sciencenewsline.com/news/2016041318410017.html

                • Item #3 Science

                  Scientists discover that bearcats smell like buttered popcorn because they excrete the identical molecule creating that odor in their urine. http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/04/13/Study-explains-why-bearcats-smell-like-movie-theather-popcorn/8641460568145/

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “I mean, you could claim that anything’s real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody’s proved it doesn’t exist!” ― J.K. Rowling