Episode #658

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: MIDI file

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    MIT engineers present a new neural network computer chip that is up to 7 times faster and uses 95% less energy than an equivalent conventional digital chip. http://news.mit.edu/2018/chip-neural-networks-battery-powered-devices-0214

  • Item #2 Science

    A new study finds that couples where either partner drinks one or more sugar-sweetened beverage per day have a decreased chance of getting pregnant. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180213120426.htm

  • Item #3 Science

    An analysis of the last 25 years of data shows that safe-sleep recommendations have not decreased the rate of sudden infant death in the neonatal period. http://www.massgeneral.org/News/pressrelease.aspx?id=2211

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“You look at science (or at least talk of it) as some sort of demoralising invention of man, something apart from real life, and which must be cautiously guarded and kept separate from everyday existence. But science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.” — Rosalind Franklin