Episode #735

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Radar detector

Follow Up TMT

  • Answering multiple e-mails on the TMT discussion.

Science or Fiction

  • Item #1 Science

    Chicken Tikka Masala was definitely invented in the UK around 1970, but there are dueling claims from Glasgow and London. https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/scotland/articles/a-brief-history-of-chicken-tikka-masala/

  • Item #2 Science

    Caesar salad was invented in Tijuana, Mexico in 1924. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/where-was-the-caesar-salad-invented_n_6839542

  • Item #3 Science

    Pasta originated in China and later exported to Italy, although not by Marco Polo. http://www.pbs.org/food/the-history-kitchen/uncover-the-history-of-pasta/

  • Item #4 Fiction

    Chop Suey, a quintessential Chinese dish, was actually invented in San Francisco during the gold rush. https://www.americanheritage.com/mixed-bits-true-history-chop-suey

Skeptical Quote of the Week

‘Researchers work not knowing when or where the big breakthroughs will come, or if they will ever come. That does not diminish their persistence and rarely affects their passion in the long term, although it may test their patience from time to time.’ - Ian William Chubb AC FAA (born 17 October 1943) is an Australian neuroscientist and academic, who was the Chief Scientist of Australia from 23 May 2011 to 22 January 2016