Episode #753

News Items

  • Superhydrophobicity
  • Insect on Mars
  • Political Anti-science
  • Does Adversity Increase Resilience
  • Climate Change Tipping Points
  • Oldest Dog
  • Pathway to Conspiracy Theories
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  A geep is a very rare successful offspring between a goat and a sheep.

                • Item #2 Fiction

                  A churkey is a hybrid chicken-turkey that is easy to raise and especially tasty but not commercially viable because it is sterile.

                • Item #3 Science

                  A wholphin, the offspring of a female bottle nose dolphin and a male false killer whale, occur in nature and are fertile.

                • Item #4 Science

                  Although dromedary camels weight up to six times as much as llamas, hybrid ‘cama’ have been successfully produced.

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape? If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can.’ J.R.R. Tolkien