Episode #664

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Magnets

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    A new analysis finds that the heads of arachnids are evolved from legs. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/03/23/1720193115

  • Item #2 Science

    Scientists have discovered a new ‘organ’ in the body, a previously unrecognized system of fluid-filled compartments in skin and connective tissue. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180327093954.htm

  • Item #3 Science

    Researchers have discovered a potential mechanism to disable a fungus that currently destroys 30% of the world’s rice crop each year. http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_648643_en.html

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“We should be careful when interpreting the behavior of others. What might appear to be laziness, dishonesty, or stupidity might be better explained by situational factors of which we are ignorant.” Robert Todd Carroll