Episode #796

News Items

  • Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Circuit Creates Unlimited Power
  • Ouija Board Hysteria
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  An extensive review of fossil evidence finds that when North and South America became connected by a land bridge, migrations of mammals occurred in both directions, but South American species experienced a much higher extinction rate. https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/09/29/2009397117

                • Item #2 Science

                  A study of nursing home residents finds that tuned lighting (brighter hallway lighting during the day and dimmer at night) resulted in a halving of nighttime sleep disturbance events over traditional static lighting. https://www.brown.edu/news/2020-10-06/lighting

                • Item #3 Fiction

                  A new study finds that dog brains have a similar response to faces as do humans and other primates. https://www.jneurosci.org/content/early/2020/10/05/JNEUROSCI.2800-19.2020

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “In any ‘big science’ enterprise, like planetary exploration, where you must work in big teams of similarly driven people, it is important also to know how to work alongside others even when they may be your fiercest competitors.” - Carolyn Porco