Episode #663

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Binary Morse

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Fiction

    Scientists report the first discovery of a mutation in non-functional (junk) DNA linked to an inherited disease. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180321141358.htm

  • Item #2 Science

    By using a filter designed for car exhaust, scientists have reduced the carcinogens and improved the taste of smoked foods. https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2018/march/smoked-foods-are-tastier-less-harmful-with-a-tip-from-the-auto-industry.html

  • Item #3 Science

    In a recent survey 21% of respondents reported experiencing visual-auditory synesthesia. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180320100845.htm

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“It gets on my nerves when people say science doesn’t know everything. Science knows it doesn’t know everything otherwise it would stop. Just because science doesn’t know everything doesn’t mean you can fill in the gaps with whatever fairy-tale appeals to you.” - Dara O’Briain