The latest victim in the skeptical community to suffer threats is Mark Tilbrook of The United Kingdom. He must defend himself against the dark arts in the form of one Sally Morgan, a self-convinced psychic whose team of thugs (which includes her husband John) has threatened legal action and physical harm to Mark.
Scientists are currently enjoying a filament on the sun that is a million miles (1.6 million kilometers) long. Sinuously snaking over its surface, it’s 100 times the width of the earth and bigger than the sun’s diameter
It’s Nobel Prize time again and my favorite award, for physics of course, went to the inventors of the blue LED light for their achievement in the 1990s which allowed the development of white LED lights which are poised to turn this century into one lit by LEDs just as the 20th century was lit by incandescents.
Congratulations to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for their critical achievement that had eluded all others for decades.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Brazilian wandering spider is the most venomous of any known spider in the world. Only .006 mg of the neurotoxic venom in the bite of this spider will kill a mouse (the Southern black widow requires .110 mg). But that isn’t the weird part…
According to AAA, three out of four drivers believe that hands-free technology is safe to use while driving. This may not be the case however; new research conducted by the Foundation for Traffic Safety, these features may actually be increasing mental distraction- because they are imperfect.
New advanced simulations now predict that Darwin was right about how many animals got to disparate parts of the earth. Instead of land bridges, many may have hitched rides across the ocean.
Darwin made many predictions in his day, large ones and small ones, sometimes based on an incredible paucity of evidence compared to what we have at our disposal today.
We’ve been told by many listeners that they wish our show was longer in length. 80 minutes per week is not enough for some people. So what would we talk about if the show were longer? Well, lots of things, including more news items! There is always more news we can talk about on any given show, so it is a careful process of selection as to which news items make it to the show, and which ones don’t. The ones which do not make it hit the proverbial “cutting room floor”, so once again, here are a few of the news items which might have otherwise made the show if, say, our show was 100+ minutes in length.
A new technique using Crystallography allows researchers to make movies of molecules in such a way that hundreds or thousands of labs worldwide will now be able to perform this feat instead of just 3.
Do you know what crystallography is? I hadn’t appreciated its full significance until I started researching this news-item and it’s fascinating. So how does it work?
A study published in Clinical Psychological Science found that alcohol consumption makes men more receptive to rewarding social behavior like smiling. The findings suggest that this may be a contributing factor to drinking problems in men.
“Another method (of depopulation) is disease infection through bio-weapons such as Ebola and AIDS, which are race targeting weapons. There is a weapon that can be put in a room where there are Black and White people, and it will kill only the Black and spare the White, because it is a genotype weapon that is designed for your genes, for your race, for your kind.” – Louis Farrakhan