Episode #637

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week – the human genome

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Scientists have engineered a hyper-accurate CRISPR-Cas9 system that make far fewer off target errors. http://news.berkeley.edu/2017/09/20/discovery-helps-engineer-more-accurate-cas9s-for-crispr-editing/

  • Item #2 Science

    Researchers find in a new analysis that gun shot victims transported to the trauma center by a private vehicle had significantly lower mortality than those transported by ambulance. https://hub.jhu.edu/2017/09/20/emergency-transport-survival-rates-study-hopkins/

  • Item #3 Fiction

    A new study finds that motivation to do work steadily decreases throughout the day, despite the number or type of tasks undertaken. https://www.utoronto.ca/news/although-we-tire-specific-tasks-u-t-study-finds-motivation-work-may-be-stable-throughout-day

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” ― James Madison