Episode #582

News Items

  • Muscle Confusion
  • Biofuels Study
  • Building Solar Panels on the Moon
      • Interview with Seth Shostak

          • https://www.yahoo.com/news/not-saying-aliens-signal-traced-194522566.html

          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Science

              For much of the ancient Olympic games, athletes and their coaches were nude. http://www.penn.museum/sites/olympics/olympicorigins.shtml

            • Item #2 Science

              The term “Olympiad” refers to a period of four years, and was used by the Greeks in dating events. http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Dionysius_of_Halicarnassus/1D*.html#75

            • Item #3 Fiction

              The first recorded Olympic games consisted of only a single competition, a Marathon race of 26.219 miles.

            • Item #4 Science

              The ancient Olympic games were held every four years for about 1,200 years, but possibly longer.

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            ‘There should be no element of slavery in learning. Enforced exercise does no harm to the body, but enforced learning will not stay in the mind. So avoid compulsion, and let your children’s lessons take the form of play.’ – Plato