Episode #572

News Items

Interview with Michael Marshall

  • http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/tag/michael-marshall/

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    Scientists have named a new species of peacock spider, Maratus jactatus, so named because it extends a semicircle of brightly colored hairs on its back during mating displays. http://www.newsweek.com/21-coolest-new-animal-species-2015-410008

  • Item #2 Science

    Scientists discovered a fish, Torquigener albomaculosus, that explains a 20 year old mystery, the origin of what was dubbed “crop circles of the sea” – intricate circles built by the male fish as a nest. http://www.discovery.com/dscovrd/wildlife/top-10-new-species-of-2015-crop-circles-under-the-sea/

  • Item #3 Science

    Limnonectes larvaepartus is the only known species out of 6,455 frog species that gives birth to live tadpoles. http://www.discovery.com/dscovrd/wildlife/top-10-new-species-of-2015-rule-breaking-frog/

  • Item #4 Science

    The ninja lanternshark (Etmopterus benchley) is all black but also glows in the dark. http://www.newsweek.com/21-coolest-new-animal-species-2015-410008

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.” - Christopher Hitchens