Episode #754

News Items

  • Perineum Sunbathing
  • Redacting Animal Sex
  • The SCAN Scam
  • Horizontal Gene Transfer and Plants
  • Measles Update
  • Tracking Meteors
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  A scoop of light roast coffee benas has more caffeine thatn a scoop of dark roast beans.

                • Item #2 Science

                  Coffee with cream will cool more slowly than without.

                • Item #3 Fiction

                  Coffee is the most traded commodity worldwide.

                • Item #4 Science

                  Epidemics of coffee rust, a fungal infection that plagues arabica coffee worldwide, affects 70% of crops in Central America and in bad years entire crops have been lost.

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “NCCAM officials have spent $374 000 to find that inhaling lemon and lavender scents does not promote wound healing; $750 000 to find that prayer does not cure AIDS or hasten recovery from breast-reconstruction surgery; $390 000 to find that ancient Indian remedies do not control type 2 diabetes; $700 000 to find that magnets do not treat arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or migraine headaches; and $406 000 to find that coffee enemas do not cure pancreatic cancer”. – Paul Offitt, and this quote was submitted back in 2012 by SGU listener Kevin Mack of Melbourne.