Episode #677

News Items

  • Anti-Smart Meter Pseudoscience
  • Keeping Ahead of an Expanding Universe
  • Roots of Alcoholism
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Fiction

                  A report indicates cases of the new 7 Tesla MRI scans now coming into clinical use pulling amalgam fillings out of teeth. https://pubs.rsna.org/doi/10.1148/radiol.2018172597

                • Item #2 Science

                  A new study finds that implementation of mandatory labeling laws in Vermont was associated with a decrease in opposition to genetically modified food of 19%. http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/6/eaaq1413

                • Item #3 Science

                  Scientists report that in a real world test, subjects were only willing to pay half as much for merchandise as they indicated they would be willing to pay in a survey. https://news.osu.edu/news/2018/06/27/research-big-spender/

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘All experimentation is criticism. If an experiment does not hold out the possibility of causing one to revise one’s views, it is hard to see why it should be done at all.’ — Sir Peter B. Medawar