Episode #610

News Items

  • Solar Roadway Disaster
  • Dark Anti-vaccine Conspiracy Theories
  • Fast Radio Bursts and Aliens
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Fiction

                  A major review of climate change research finds that there is significant publication bias favoring positive studies. https://phys.org/news/2017-03-bias-climate.html

                • Item #2 Science

                  Scientists report that, for the first time, they were able to change adult skin cells into neural stem cells without making any genetic changes. http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2017/03/027.html

                • Item #3 Science

                  A newly published estimate concludes that worldwide spiders consume between 400-800 million tons of insects and other invertebrates each year. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00114-017-1440-1

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘Science is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make because they lead little by little to the truth.’ - Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth