Teaching Angela to Appreciate History
April 16th is the anniversary of Rosalind Franklin‘s death. Franklin was a British biophysicist who made a major contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA.
Feedback and Follow-Up
We got some feedback that Michael’s tone in discussing the Actuarial Society of South Africa was terribly mean in Episode 4. To be clear, we think the society does great work. Think puppies and flowers.
We discussed Michael van Eck’s murder in Episode 5. There was a suggestion that Satanism was to blame, which we were rather dubious about. Apparently, the couple accused of van Eck’s murder were Christians, importantly, with a history of serious mental health problems. They had no connection with organized Satanism.
According to a study conducted by Richard Wiseman, people are not able to distinguish between cheap and expensive wines by taste alone.
The course of justice can be influenced by… snacking. This according to a new paper (pdf) in PNAS. The best write-up of this study is by Ed Yong. (Cathy mentions someone called Glenn – he is her husband). You can find David Eagleman’s steamship analogy here.
Fossilized footprints of early modern humans have been found in Tanzania.
Feature: Consumer Protection Act
We asked Cathy to join us this week to discuss South Africa’s newly in-force Consumer Protection Act (pdf). Cathy is the Financial Manager of a vehicle logistics company, and she really knows her stuff. (Are anecdotes evidence? Michael has a long post here).