Episode #647

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Song written by AI

Britte Hermes

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Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Dogs have twice the neuronal density as cats. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnana.2017.00118/abstract

  • Item #2 Science

    On average domesticated species have significantly lower neuronal density than their wild counterparts.

  • Item #3 Science

    Contrary to what the researchers expected to find, carnivorous species did not have greater neuronal density than prey species.

  • Item #4 Science

    The racoon was an outlier among the carnivores, with a neuronal density equal to that of primates.

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Magnificent desolation.’ - Buzz Aldrin’s first words upon setting foot on the moon he goes on to express in 2014 … ’The magnificence of human beings, humanity, Planet Earth, maturing the technologies, imagination and courage to expand our capabilities beyond the next ocean, to dream about being on the Moon, and then taking advantage of increases in technology and carrying out that dream – achieving that is magnificent testimony to humanity.’