Episode #620

News Items

  • Daryl Bem Follow Up
  • Smart Meter Hubbub
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Fiction

                  Because of their rebellious nature, goats were difficult to domesticate, which likely did not occur until about 3,000 years ago. https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/domestication/

                • Item #2 Science

                  Moroccan goats climb to the tops of trees where they graze on leaves and nuts, and spit out seeds to help spread the trees. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170524152555.htm

                • Item #3 Science

                  Scientists have found that goats have regional accents, and will change their accent when they move to a new region. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2012/02/16/146989664/study-finds-goats-adjust-their-accents-based-on-social-surroundings

                • Item #4 Science

                  Goats milk is naturally homogenized, contains less fat and is consumed by more people around the world than cow’s milk. http://meyenberg.com/goat-milk-facts/about-goat-milk/

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “We have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life’s continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to it, but here we are.” ― Stephen Jay Gould, The Flamingo’s Smile: Reflections in Natural History