Episode #728

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: The Day the Earth Stood Still

Interview with Richard Wiseman

  • https://www.amazon.com/Moonshot-Landing-Collaboration-Creativity-Mind-set-ebook/dp/B07KNTD5SD

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    A new study finds that educational interventions aimed at reducing antibiotic overprescribing had no significant effect on emergency room antibiotic prescriptions. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-06-approaches-inappropriate-antibiotic.html

  • Item #2 Science

    Scientists have developed artificial muscles that can be powered by glucose and oxygen. https://liu.se/en/news-item/konstgjorda-muskler-som-drivs-av-glukos

  • Item #3 Science

    Researchers have demonstrated smooth continuous mental control of a robot arm without implanted electrodes. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-ever-successful-mind-controlled-robotic-arm-without-brain-implants-300870589.html

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune – often the surfeits of our own behaviour – we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars, as if we were villains on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance; drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence; and all that we are evil in, by a divine thrusting on.’ Edmund in King Lear by William Shakespeare