Episode #630

News Items

  • Vaccinating Pets
  • The Return of Laetrile
  • Robot Safecrackers
          • Sonic Boom

              • Follow up to sonic boom.

            Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Science

              Scientists report that they have successfully used CRISPR to fix a disease-causing gene mutation in a newly fertilized egg, effectively curing the disease and preventing its further inheritance. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170802142844.htm

            • Item #2 Fiction

              Researchers have demonstrated that by analyzing millions of tweets they can predict the perpetrators of specific crimes. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170801101901.htm

            • Item #3 Science

              A new genetic analysis finds that scorpions and spiders share a common ancestor. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/08/170801115256.htm

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            “If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.” ― Marcus Aurelius