Episode #654

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week – Garbage Can

Interview with Richard Wiseman

  • https://richardwiseman.wordpress.com/

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    A new paper presents preliminary evidence using fungal spores in concrete mix to make the concrete self-healing – the spores will become activated by cracks and secret calcium to fill them. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180117152511.htm

  • Item #2 Fiction

    A recent comprehensive study finds that the phases of the moon are statistically significantly associated with the risk of a magnitude 3 or greater earthquake. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180116131319.htm

  • Item #3 Science

    Engineers present the first atom-thick memory storage chip they are dubbing an “atomristor.” https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180117114918.htm

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that’s precise, predictive and reliable – a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional.’ Brian Greene