Episode #607

News Items

  • Smartphone Tricorder
  • Science of Smoking Bans
  • Seven Earth-like Exoplanets
      • Interview with Greg Dash

          • Political advisor for the Labor Party, currently opposition party in the UK

          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Science

              Researchers demonstrate how they can steal data from a computer, even one that is currently air-gapped, by simply imaging the blinking light on the hard drive. https://www.wired.com/2017/02/malware-sends-stolen-data-drone-just-pcs-blinking-led/

            • Item #2 Science

              Physicists at the LHC have found for the first time an asymmetry between normal baryonic matter and its anti-matter counterpart. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/thni-fto022217.php

            • Item #3 Fiction

              A new study finds that cat ownership as a child increases the risk of developing schizophrenia by age 20 by up to 30%.http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/21/health/cat-ownership-mental-health-study/

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            ‘Science makes people reach selflessly for truth and objectivity. It teaches people to accept reality with wonder and admiration, not to mention the deep awe and joy that the natural order of things brings to the true scientist.’ - Lise Meitner