Episode #578

News Items

Who's That Noisy

Interview with Grant Richey

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    A new review of a large set of online data finds that there is a large incentive to encourage, and even fake, 5 star reviews, which significantly increase the profitability of products. http://phys.org/news/2016-08-star-online-customer-backfire.html

  • Item #2 Science

    Scientists have, for the first time, documented that some birds can sleep in flight, allowing them to stay aloft for weeks at a time. https://www.mpg.de/10673637/frigatebirds-sleep

  • Item #3 Science

    A new study on mice finds that cow’s milk with 100 times the estrogen found in even the highest estrogen content in commercial milk did not affect blood estrogen levels or have any measurable biological effect. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160803124441.htm

Skeptical Quote of the Week

Every person who has mastered a profession is a skeptic concerning it. George Bernard Shaw