Episode #587

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week:

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    A new analysis of centaurs, 44,000 objects orbiting between Jupiter and Neptune, concludes that they are mostly the remains of a single failed or destroyed protoplanet. http://www.kobe-u.ac.jp/en/NEWS/research/2016_09_16_01.html

  • Item #2 Science

    A recent review conducted by the Chinese State Food and Drug Administration found that 80% of clinical trial data submitted to them over the course of a year was “fabricated, incomplete, or untraceable.” http://www.sbs.com.au/topics/science/fundamentals/article/2016/10/03/report-reveals-80-data-chinese-clinical-trials-have-been-fabricated?cid=trending

  • Item #3 Science

    The Hubble Space Telescope has detected “cannonballs” of plasma twice the mass of Mars being ejected from a red giant star. http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/hubble-detects-giant-cannonballs-shooting-from-star

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘There is nothing dull about a life without fairies, Easter bunnies, devils, ghosts, magic crystals, etc., Life is only boring to boring people.’ — Robert Todd Carroll