Episode #769

News Items

  • Decoding Speech from Brainwaves
  • Using Urine to Build a Moon Base
  • Evolution of Land Plants
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  The oldest living vertebrate is a Greenland shark, which is at least 272 years old. Females of the species do not reach breeding age until about 150 years old. https://www.newscientist.com/article/2100823-worlds-oldest-vertebrate-is-a-shark-that-may-live-for-500-years/

                • Item #2 Fiction

                  The Australian mulga snake has the most potent venom known. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/g/geography-cone/

                • Item #3 Science

                  The European rabbit has the highest fecundity of any mammal. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160304-one-animal-has-more-babies-than-any-other

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                ‘Having equal rights does not mean having equal talents, equal abilities, or equal knowledge. It assuredly does not mean that ‘everyone’s opinion about anything is as good as anyone else’s.’ And yet, this is now enshrined as the credo of a fair number of people despite being obvious nonsense.’ Tom Nichols, ‘The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters’