Episode #629

News Items

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    A new study finds that humans are able to identify emotions from the vocalizations of all air-breathing vertebrates. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170726102942.htm

  • Item #2 Fiction

    Researchers have genetically modified human skin cells to make them 100 times more resistant to damage from UV light without a change in pigment. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/07/170726091533.htm

  • Item #3 Science

    A new review of studies finds that sperm count has decreased by 50% in Western males in the last 40 years. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sperm-count-dropping-in-western-world/

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘When you discover new information or a broader context you have to throw out the old understanding, no matter how much sense it made to you. Getting it right in the future is more important than the feeling of understanding you had in the past.’ – Dr. Ben Tippett