Episode #684

News Items

  • Alien Abduction Stories
  • Smallpox Drug
  • Roundup Verdict
  • Quickie with Bob – Schwarzite
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  Archaeologists have identified the oldest sample of solid cheese, from an Egyptian tomb dating to the 13th century BCE. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180815105307.htm

                • Item #2 Science

                  A new psychological study finds that displaying status symbols actually deter friendship. https://phys.org/news/2018-08-bling-high-status-signaling-deters-friendships.html

                • Item #3 Fiction

                  In a new survey of exoplanet systems, astronomers find that Earth’s makeup of elements is atypical. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/gc-som081418.php

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘When the brain is released from the constraints of reality, it can generate any sound, image, or smell in its repertoire, sometimes in complex and ‘impossible’ combinations’. ― Oliver Sacks