Episode #574

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: ocean whistle

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    A new study finds that in the US, those classified as poor consumed more health care than the middle class or the wealthy. http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/35/7/1189.abstract

  • Item #2 Science

    Astronomers have discovered water clouds in the atmosphere of a brown dwarf, the first such discovery. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160706151851.htm

  • Item #3 Science

    Researchers have successfully bred a domesticated rat that, in their study, never bit a human handler. http://phys.org/news/2016-07-rat.html

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures which made the sensible economic decision that there’s no good reason to go into space – each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones who made the irrational decision.” – Randall Munroe