Episode #674

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Breathing simulator

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    A new study finds that people may have “inattentional smell blindness” – they may not notice a new odor if distracted, and then become habituated to the odor without ever noticing it. http://www.sussex.ac.uk/broadcast/read/45089

  • Item #2 Fiction

    A Pew survey finds, for the first time, that the percentage of Americans who feel it is essential that the US remain a world leader in space exploration has dropped below 50%. http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/06/06/majority-of-americans-believe-it-is-essential-that-the-u-s-remain-a-global-leader-in-space/

  • Item #3 Science

    Scientists report the results of a study that show that parents restricting their childrens’ use of electronic devices in order to make time for school work actually correlates with worse academic performance later in college. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180605103434.htm

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Piltdown Man sets a good example of the need for us to take a step back and look at the evidence for what it is and not for whether it conforms to our preconceived ideas.’ Isabelle de Groote , paleoanthropologist at Liverpool John Moores University