Episode #731

News Items

  • Rebutting Denialism
  • Cancer Quackery on YouTube
  • Detecting Earthquakes
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  Scientists report that they have used CRISPR to eliminate HIV from humanized test mice. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-10366-y

                • Item #2 Fiction

                  A psychological study finds that, when it comes to fiction, younger subjects prefer less moral heroes and morally ambiguous characters to more moral ones. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190702152808.htm

                • Item #3 Science

                  Scientists were able to affect the behavior of mice by selectively activating a single neuron. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190703150458.htm

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘How can we hope to detect and eliminate error? … By criticizing the theories or guesses of others and – if we can train ourselves to do so – by criticizing our own theories or guesses.’ Karl Popper