Episode #667

News Items

  • Nutrition Pseudoscience
  • Rare Earths
  • Eating Plastic
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  Researchers have discovered how to make diamonds flexible and stretchy. https://www.britannica.com/animal/pirarucu

                • Item #2 Fiction

                  Engineers have developed a new technique for streaming video 10,000 times faster than the current best algorithms. https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/161021-specials-tos-decoy-spiders

                • Item #3 Science

                  A new analysis finds that humans are responsible for a mass extinction of large mammals over the last 120 thousand years. http://dolphinspedia.com/dolphins-facts/why-are-pink-dolphins-pink/#.WsUpwejwY4c

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘If a little kid ever asks you just why the sky is blue, you look him or her right in the eye and say, It’s because of quantum effects involving Rayleigh scattering combined with a lack of violet photon receptors in our retinae.’ Phil Plait