Episode #644

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Engine starter

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Doctors report that they successfully transplanted genetically modified skin derived from stem cells to over 80% of a patient’s body. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/boy-rare-disease-gets-new-skin-thanks-gene-corrected-stem-cells

  • Item #2 Fiction

    A new study finds that stimulating the frontal lobes in order to increase analytical thinking reduces the level of supernatural beliefs in subjects. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171108092429.htm

  • Item #3 Science

    Astronomers report the first discovery of a star that underwent multiple supernova explosions over 50 years and somehow survived. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171108131839.htm

Skeptical Quote of the Week

All interpretations made by a scientist are hypotheses, and all hypotheses are tentative. They must forever be tested and they must be revised if found to be unsatisfactory. Hence, a change of mind in a scientist, and particularly in a great scientist, is not only not a sign of weakness but rather evidence for continuing attention to the respective problem and an ability to test the hypothesis again and again. — Ernst Mayr