Episode #569

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: MP3 noise

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Belgian researchers have developed a technique for using ultrasound to evaluate the quality of chocolate while it is being produced. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160601111359.htm

  • Item #2 Fiction

    American researchers report a case in which they implanted a computer chip into the brain of a stroke patient which stimulates the pathways necessary for leg movements and improved the patient’s ability to walk. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160531104040.htm

  • Item #3 Science

    Japanese researchers were able to generate a continuous current from the electric organ of an electric ray, which they hope to develop into a source of usable electricity. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160531082157.htm

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘If you’re not comfortable with the unknown, then it’s difficult to be a scientist… I don’t need an answer. I don’t need answers to everything. I want to have answers to find.” - Brian Cox