Episode #689

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Macaw

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    A new study finds that it is more emotionally rewarding to be flattering rather than honest when giving critical feedback. http://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding?doi=10.1037%2Fxge0000488

  • Item #2 Science

    Japanese scientists report the strongest controlled magnetic field ever recorded at 1,200 Tesla. https://aip.scitation.org/doi/10.1063/1.5044557

  • Item #3 Science

    Researchers find that the Amazon river experiences severe flooding five time more often in the last two decades than in the early 20th century. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/flood-frequency-worlds-largest-river-amazon-increases-five-fold-universidad-austral-de-chile-a8545211.html

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.’ - Saul Bellow