Episode #581

News Items

  • Anthropocene
  • World Wide Web Turns 25
  • The Fight Against Pseudoscience
  • Pew Belief Poll
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Fiction

                  A new study finds that rat whiskers contain chemical receptors that help them to smell. http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/news/articles/2016/08/whiskers-help-animals-sense-winds-direction.html

                • Item #2 Science

                  In a study researchers find that chimpanzees choose cooperation over competition at a rate of five to one. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160822155920.htm

                • Item #3 Science

                  Scientists report a case of a patient who went from minimally conscious to fully conscious after stimulating his brain with low power ultrasound. http://observer.com/2016/08/scientists-discovered-how-to-jumpstart-the-brain-of-a-coma-patient/

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘Our place in the Galaxy nor our Galaxy itself is special. Darwin has further shown that humans are a natural product of evolution by means of natural selection. The discovery of extrasolar life will demonstrate that even that last claim to being special will have to be abandoned.’ - Mario Livio, astrophysiscist