Episode #882

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Smooth Criminal

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    A new analysis finds that the Cueva de Ardales in Spain, famous for it’s many cave paintings, was likely occupied by human ancestors for as long as 500,000 years.

  • Item #2 Science

    In a prospective study, dogs were able to detect asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection with higher sensitivity than nasopharyngeal antigen testing, 97% vs 84%. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0268382

  • Item #3 Science

    Scientists have developed a molecular drill that is activated by visible light and rotates at 2-3 million times per second, which can drill through bacterial membranes and can be used as a broad-spectrum rapid acting antibiotic for skin infections. https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/sciadv.abm2055

Skeptical Quote of the Week.

“When I was a kid, people wanted to be an astronaut. Today, kids want to be famous, and that’s totally the wrong approach. You have to have authenticity in what you’re doing. You have to really care about the core message of what you’re saying, and then everything else will fall into place.” David Copperfield