Science Q&A | SciByte 11

Science Q&A | SciByte 11

This week’s Scibyte features a mini-episode in which we introduce a brand new format for the show. We will be occasionally hosting Q&A sessions, to answer some of YOUR burning questions about Science and the mysteries of the universe.

Today, we introduce you to our first request for Qs to A in a future episode, along with an example to get your brain juices flowing!

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This week, we’d like to introduce the first of our Q&A episodes.
  • We hope to do these on a pretty regular basis, to cover some of the sciencey topics that may interest YOU, our audience, specifically.
  • This concept was born from some of the topic suggestions we’ve been receiving via email, twitter and forum posts, that just aren’t quite enough on their own to constitute an entire episode.
  • We want to address them, since our audience asked for them, but finding a way to do so wasn’t fitting in our current format.
  • And… POOF! A new episode format was born!
The Q&A Mini Show
  • So what we’re doing here on this mini-show, is asking for a specific type of question so that we have a theme for this particular Q&A episode.
The way science works …
  • The time between when we ask for a specific type of feedback, and when we respond, will lag a little bit.
  • This is because once we’ve gathered a batch of questions to answer, we then have to go research the answers! It’s very unlikely that we’ll know the answer to even a small portion of what you will ask, off the top of our heads.
Near-Earth Asteroids will be NEXT week.
This week and next week
  • So, this week we ask. Then next week, we’ll do our Near-Earth Asteroid episode, then the following week we’ll answer your questions!
  • Simple, eh?
The Q&A theme this time around … “Old Wives’ Tales”
  • Specifically, are there any of these old folksey stories and remedies that you’d like to hear more about, that we can help you get to the bottom of?
Lets get the ball rolling
  • NOTE : Since we hope to answer as many questions in a single episode as we can, our answers may be somewhat less-than-thorough and may fail to explain some intricacies of whatever process is at work behind the scenes.
And so our first question from the bin of “Old Wives’ Tales” is…

(From this point, we just ask the question, answer it, then wrap up by once more requesting folks to send in their questions. And BOOOOM! Episode done.)

We use only 10 percent of our brains.
  • Origins : Unknown precisely
  • Earliest Mention : In 1936, American writer Lowell Thomas summarized this idea (in a foreword to Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People) by adding a falsely precise percentage: “Professor William James of Harvard used to say that the average man develops only ten per cent of his latent mental ability.”
  • It is sometimes said that only 10% of the neurons in your brain fire at any given time. The truth of that statement seems a bit hazy however.
  • Brain imaging: Technologies such as Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) allow the activity of the living brain to be monitored. They reveal that even during sleep, all parts of the bra
What are your ideas?
  • Email, call in, twitter, comment …

* Animaniacs – Parts of the Brain
* Mayo Clinic

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