Episode #564

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Autopilot

Interview with Michael Whelan

  • http://www.michaelwhelan.com/

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    Researchers find that assisted driving systems that use a more natural voice, especially one that the driver socially connects to, results in decreased accidents. http://phys.org/news/2016-04-strong-interactions-voice-guided-vehicles-result.html

  • Item #2 Science

    Scientists have created an artificial protein that self-assembles with Buckminster fullerenes to create a lattice superstructure. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160426091731.htm

  • Item #3 Science

    Scientists have developed an entirely dissolvable memristor, that can potentially be used as an implantable or environmentally safe sensor. http://canadafreepress.com/article/toward-dissolvable-electronics-for-implants-and-sensors

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘The claim of alternative practitioners to not treat disease labels but the whole patient…allows alternative practitioners to live in a fool’s paradise of quackery where they believe themselves to be protected from any challenges and demands for evidence.’ - Edzard Ernst