Episode #587

News Items

  • Marijuana Changes the Brain
  • Brain Training and Power Poses
  • Listening to Experts
              • 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