Episode #621

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Beetle

Interview with Ed Stone

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Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Scientists have sequenced the genome of mice that have been treated with CRISPR-Cas9 and found over 1,500 unintended mutations. https://futurism.com/4-crispr-may-cause-unintended-mutations-new-study-shows/

  • Item #2 Science

    Astronomers have discovered that some large stars may collapse directly into a black hole without ever going supernova, and estimate this happens 10-30% of the time. http://www.space.com/37001-black-hole-born-from-collapsing-star-video-images.html

  • Item #3 Fiction

    In a new study scientists found that washing your hands with water at 100 degrees F (37 C) killed more than three times as many bacteria as washing in 60 degree (15 C) water. http://news.rutgers.edu/research-news/handwashing-cool-water-effective-hot-removing-germs/20170529#.WS3kkGjys_U

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“Science is the acceptance of what works and the rejection of what does not. That needs more courage than we might think.” - Jacob Bronowski