Episode #759

News Items

  • Proxima C
  • Wulong bohaiensis
  • Cancer Discovery
  • Marshmallow Test Revisited
  • Stress and Gray Hair
              • 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