Episode #759

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: vowels

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    A deepwater shark discovered in the Gulf of Mexico, Mollisquama mississippiensis, has light-producing organs and is also the second largest shark known, second only to the whale shark. https://news.mongabay.com/2019/12/photos-top-15-new-species-of-2019/

  • Item #2 Science

    A new plant with giant leaves over 8 feet long, Coccolobia gigantifolia, was finally described. Researchers had to wait 13 years to grow the plant from seeds until it produced flowers and fruit, allowing for a full description.

  • Item #3 Science

    A new species of grouper, Epinephelus fuscomarginatus, was discovered in a fish market – the scientist had to purchase all the specimens to bring back to his lab.

Skeptical Quote of the Week.

‘Extended training in nonsense doesn’t make for better nonsense.’ - Mark Crislip