Episode #567

News Items

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Researchers have developed a tiny robot you can swallow as a pill, it then unfolds and can perform surgery from the inside. http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/12/origami-robot-surgeon/

  • Item #2 Science

    Scientists have discovered the first eukaryotes without any trace of mitochondrial genes. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/05/first-eukaryotes-found-without-normal-cellular-power-supply

  • Item #3 Fiction

    New archaeological evidence suggests that Bronze Age ceramics were often mass produced, consistent with assembly line production. http://phys.org/news/2016-05-archaeological-method-children-skilled-ceramists.html

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.’ – Charles Darwin