Episode #589

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Wood frogs

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Astronomers have demonstrated that the putative Planet 9 could explain the 6 degree tilt of the solar system compared to the sun’s equator, which is an enduring mystery astronomers have yet to explain. http://www.caltech.edu/news/curious-tilt-sun-traced-undiscovered-planet-52710

  • Item #2 Science

    Researchers have directly observed capuchin monkeys creating stone flakes, similar to the stone tools created by our hominin ancestors. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/10/161019154851.htm

  • Item #3 Fiction

    Scientists have found that the same species of yeast most commonly used in leavening bread causes many yeast infections in humans. http://phys.org/news/2016-10-yeasts-equal.html

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Science is competitive, aggressive, demanding. It is also imaginative, inspiring, uplifting.’ – Vera Rubin, astronomer