Episode #601

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Whistling Language

Interview with David Gorski

  • http://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/anti-vaccine-nonsense-at-cleveland-clinic/ https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/trump-meets-with-rfk-jr-to-discuss-vaccine-safety/

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    A new study finds that exercising only on the weekends, compared to being inactive, has no measurable benefit in terms of heart health and mortality. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2596007

  • Item #2 Science

    Scientists have genetically engineered a Salmonella bacterial species to seek out and destroy glioblastoma tumor cells and have successfully tested the treatment in rats. http://pratt.duke.edu/about/news/tumor-seeking-salmonella-treats-brain-tumors

  • Item #3 Science

    The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a probable new exoplanet using a unique method – by imaging a shadow cast upon a ring of dust surrounding the parent star. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/hubble-captures-shadow-play-caused-by-possible-planet

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘It is when we are most desperate that we are at our most vulnerable. It’s hard to be objective, to ask for the evidence, and to critically appraise it. But that’s when it’s probably most important.’ – Scott Gavura, Bad Science Watch (Canada)