Episode #603

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer from last week: Whale

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    The Great Auk was a large flightless sea bird resembling a penguin but living in the North Atlantic. It was driven to extinction by over-hunting in 1844. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/with-crush-fisherman-boot-the-last-great-auks-died-180951982/

  • Item #2 Fiction

    The Swift Fox was driven to extinction in the 1930s as part of a deliberate program of predator control in the United States. https://www.thedodo.com/8-endangered-species-making-ep-652564299.html

  • Item #3 Science

    The Golden Toad was a common species in Costa Rica, but its population steadily declined with the last sighting in 1989. This was the first species extinction blamed on global warming, but later evidence has cast doubt on that conclusion. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2010/03/global-warming-didnt-kill-golden-toad

  • Item #4 Science

    The Zanzibar Leopard once inhabited the Zanzibar archipelago in Tanzania, but was deliberated hunted to extinction because they were thought to be the servants of witches. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanzibar_leopard

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘ … the Constitution of India, Section 51A … states “It shall be the duty of every citizen of India … to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform.” Our aim at the Indian Rationalist Association is to encourage and support people to fulfill this very duty.’ Sanal Edamaruku