Episode #725

News Items

  • Smart Clothing
  • Misreporting Medical News
  • Murray Gell-Mann Dies
  • Happiness
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  A new study found that only 54% of teenaged girls given a prescription in the ER for a sexually transmitted disease filled the prescription. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-05/cnhs-ft6052819.php

                • Item #2 Science

                  Scientists have found a method for increasing the maximum speed by which catalysts can increase chemical reactions by 10,000 times. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/05/190528140112.htm

                • Item #3 Fiction

                  A new study finds that applications of commonly used herbicides increase the mutation rate in weeds making the emergence of resistance more likely. https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/791844

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘What is the cost of lies? It’s not that we’ll mistake them for the truth. The real danger is that if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all. What can we do then? What else is left but to abandon even the hope of truth and content ourselves instead with stories?’ Craig Mazin, Chernobyl