Episode #573

News Items

  • The Cost of Carbon
  • China’s New Supercomputer
  • Music Chills
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  A recent study finds that fish evolving to live at least part of the time on land has likely independently occurred 33 times in extant families. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160622102129.htm

                • Item #2 Fiction

                  A new study finds that older subjects are better able to process visually complex images, suggesting that our brains learn to improve such processing over time. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160621155010.htm

                • Item #3 Science

                  A new analysis of Pluto from the New Horizons images supports the conclusion that Pluto contains subsurface liquid water today. https://news.brown.edu/articles/2016/06/pluto

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “When even the brightest mind in our world has been trained up from childhood in a superstition of any kind, it will never be possible for that mind, in its maturity, to examine sincerely, dispassionately, and conscientiously any evidence or any circumstance which shall seem to cast a doubt upon the validity of that superstition. I doubt if I could do it myself.” - Mark Twain