Episode #585

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Hydrogel beads

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    There is evidence that Otzi was infected with Borrelia burgdorferi and is therefore the oldest known case of Lyme disease. http://www.livescience.com/18704-oldest-case-lyme-disease-spotted-iceman-mummy.html

  • Item #2 Fiction

    Otzi had surprisingly healthy teeth, which researchers ascribe to his diet which was high in fiber and low in sugars. http://www.livescience.com/28608-otzi-iceman-had-bad-teeth.html

  • Item #3 Science

    The Iceman has at least 19 living relatives in the Tyrol region of Austria. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/131016-otzi-ice-man-mummy-five-facts/

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.’ Nicolaus Copernicus