Episode #700

News Items

  • Gene Editing Babies
      • Interview with Nick Pyenson

          • https://naturalhistory.si.edu/research/paleobiology

          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Fiction

              A new analysis finds that as global temperatures increase the availability of wind energy is also increasing, by as much as 30% so far. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S036054421832231X?via%3Dihub

            • Item #2 Science

              New research finds a DNA signature common among all cancers tested so far, allowing for highly accurate detection through a simple blood test. https://www.biocompare.com/Life-Science-News/356308-Universal-DNA-Nano-Signature-Informs-Novel-Assay/

            • Item #3 Science

              A new AI algorithm renders the most popular CAPTCHA security measures essentially obsolete. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/12/181205093701.htm

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            ‘People will work every bit as hard to fool themselves as they will to fool others—which makes it very difficult to tell just where the line between foolishness and fraud is located.’ — Robert Park