Episode #713

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Blue Whale

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    A survey of popular songs between 2006 and 2016 found that references to violence in the pop genre were similar in frequency to hip hop and rap. https://phys.org/news/2019-03-bad-rap-lyrics-violence-hip-hop.html

  • Item #2 Science

    Data collected from monitoring drivers shows that distracted drivers were 29 times more likely to be in a crash or near crash when driving through a work zone. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0361198118821630

  • Item #3 Fiction

    An extensive review of ethnographic records from 60 societies finds no universal moral codes. https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/701478

Skeptical Quote of the Week

“What use is a newborn baby?” - Benjamin Franklin