Episode #723

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Shoebill Crane

Interview with Bjeorn Penning

  • https://www.brandeis.edu/departments/physics/people/faculty/penning.html

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    The Sahara Desert is growing – its southern border expands south by ½ kilometer every month. http://www.ciesin.org/docs/002-178/002-178.html

  • Item #2 Fiction

    About 200 separate native languages are spoken in Africa. https://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/african_languages.htm

  • Item #3 Science

    The pangolin is the most trafficked animal in the world, sold for its scales and meat. https://www.rainforesttrust.org/the-most-trafficked-least-known-animal-celebrating-world-pangolin-day/

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Nothing is too wonderful to be true, if it be consistent with the laws of nature: and in such things as these, experiment is the best test of such consistency.’ Michael Faraday