Episode 238: Russian Umbrella Doll Academy

This episode contains: Devon is sick (again?). Devon is sicker for longer than he’s been before.

Dummy Dum-Dums: Measles outbreak traced to father who admits not vaccinating kids due to autism “concerns.” An outbreak of measles in Vancouver, Canada was traced to Emmanuel Bilodeau who did not vaccinate his kids and recently traveled abroad (where he presumably caught the disease). We look at why you should vaccinate and what measles can do to a person. We also talk about James Randi’s Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge.


This Week in Space: Citizen scientist find ancient white dwarf star encircled by puzzling rings. The star, which is the size of Earth, has multiple dust rings. This has challenged how we thought planetary systems evolve. This discovery was discovered through Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 where NASA crowed sources help to identify stars.


Sci-Fi: Steven tells us about a tweet that corrected a mispronunciation from a prior episode. (Thank you @Rich_von_stock.) We then talk about Russian Doll and The Umbrella Academy. There are spoilers.