Episode #667

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Lynx

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