Episode #657

News Items

  • Egyptian Dinosaurs
  • Extragalactic Planets
  • Vulnerability to Fake News
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  Scientists report a process for treating wood that makes it as strong as steel but six times lighter, and also tough and ballistic resistant. https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25476

                • Item #2 Science

                  A new study finds that knowledge of evolutionary science partly predicts acceptance of evolutionary theory vs creationism. https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/biosci/bix161/4834949?redirectedFrom=fulltext

                • Item #3 Fiction

                  Medical researchers report that they have effectively cured a case of Duchenne muscular dystrophy with CRISPR-Cas9 gene therapy. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180206121017.htm

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘I’ve learned that most problems aren’t rocket science, but when they are rocket science, you should ask a rocket scientist.’ Astronaut Scott Kelley