Episode #605

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Baritone Trombone

Interview with Maureen Ohlhausen

  • https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/biographies/maureen-k-ohlhausen

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Scientists report the first discovery of a white dwarf pulsar, the only one known, just 380 light years from Earth. http://www.nature.com/articles/s41550-016-0029

  • Item #2 Fiction

    Hebrew University archaeologists report that they have uncovered a 12th Dead Sea scroll cave with intact jars containing previously undiscovered scrolls. https://phys.org/news/2017-02-archaeologists-12th-dead-sea-scrolls.html

  • Item #3 Science

    A new study finds that, with a little provocation, two-thirds of subjects engaged in trolling behavior in online comments. http://news.stanford.edu/2017/02/06/stanford-research-shows-anyone-can-become-internet-troll/

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘I believe that we are a story-driven species and that we understand how things are put together, in the context of narrative. It’s a shame that science hasn’t been taught that way, in a long time. It’s usually the fact completely devoid of any human experience or any idea of how the scientist came to that conclusion.’ - Ann Druyan