Episode #669

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Sperm Whale

Interview with Ethan Winer

  • http://ethanwiner.com/book.htm

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    Mistletoe berries are toxic to most mammal and bird species. http://blog.nwf.org/2012/12/12-things-to-know-about-mistletoe/

  • Item #2 Science

    European Mistletoe is the only multicellular organism known to lack Complex I proteins, essential for mitochondrial production of ATP. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982218303658

  • Item #3 Science

    The name “mistletoe” derives from the anglosaxon words “mistel” and “tan”, translating to “dung on a twig.” https://www.etymonline.com/word/mistletoe

  • Item #4 Science

    There are 1,300 species of mistletoe worldwide. http://blog.nwf.org/2012/12/12-things-to-know-about-mistletoe/

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“Reality is what it is, not what you want it to be.” Frank Zappa