Episode #681

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Drip Irrigator

Interview with Alethea Dean

  • https://convention.skeptics.com.au/

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Astronomers find the rust-colored dust that covers Mars originates from one large geological structure at the equator. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/07/25/mars_dust_medusae_fossae/

  • Item #2 Fiction

    A new study finds that eradication of malaria-carrying mosquitoes in endemic regions could cause significant disruption to the local ecosystem. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180726161109.htm

  • Item #3 Science

    Engineers have created a transistor based on excitons, rather than electrons, opening the door to a new technology of excitronics. https://actu.epfl.ch/news/epfl-uses-excitons-to-take-electronics-into-the-fu/

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘We all want so badly to believe in miracles. That’s what makes us so vulnerable, and that’s what makes the self-help movement so rich.’ - Steve Salerno