Episode #767

News Items

  • Evolution of Anxiety
  • Extreme Depth of Focus Lens
  • Predicting the Present
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  Although the flu strain that caused the 1918 pandemic was particularly virulent, it was likely secondary bacterial infections that caused most deaths, not the virus itself. https://academic.oup.com/jid/article/196/11/1717/886065

                • Item #2 Science

                  The Bubonic Plague is still the deadliest in history, with between 75 and 200 million deaths. https://www.mphonline.org/worst-pandemics-in-history/

                • Item #3 Fiction

                  There have been more cholera pandemics than any other type of organism. https://www.historyofvaccines.org/index.php/content/articles/influenza-pandemics

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “What you learn from a life in science is the vastness of our ignorance.” – David Eagleman