Episode #611

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: The Last Song of the Kauai O’o Bird

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Bakers are required to remove a piece of the dough prior to baking, the piece, called a challah, is then burned and wasted. http://atasteofchallah.com/about-challah/the-mitzvah-of-challah/

  • Item #2 Science

    A Passover Goy purchases all the bread products in the home of an orthodox Jew so that they do not own any bread in their house for Passover. http://www.chabad.org/holidays/passover/pesach_cdo/aid/1689/jewish/Selling-Your-Chametz.htm

  • Item #3 Fiction

    Women during their ‘unclean’ menstrual period must wash their clothes in a separate machine so as not to contaminate the clothes of others in the house.

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Science communication isn’t just talking. It’s everything from tweeting about it, to painting it, to writing it, to coming up with a musical composition—the sky is the limit. Figure out what you’re comfortable with and what taps into your unique expertise, and make that your niche.” - Jennifer Gardy, Assistant Professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, a Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics, and a Senior Scientist at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. She is an occasional host of CBC’s The Nature of Things, a science communicator, and a children’s book author.