SGU Episode 271

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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

This Day in Skepticism ()

News Items

Losing Your Religion ()

Neurologica: The Long Awaited CDC Trial on Thimerosal and Autism
Penn State universuty news: Losing your religion deemed unhealthy

The Man Who Fell to Earth ()

MSNBC: Witnesses: Person falls from sky, then vanishes

Dirty Electricity ()

ScienceBasedMedicine: CFLs, Dirty Electricity and Bad Science

Origins of Moons ()

BBC: Massive blast 'created Mars moon'

Halfalogue ()

Assoc. for Psychological Science: ‘Halfalogue’: Overheard Cell-Phone Conversations Are Not Only Annoying but Reduce Our Attention

Who's That Noisy? ()

Interview with Simon Singh ()

Science or Fiction ()

  • Item number 1: 'An engineer recently became the first person to achieve sustained human-powered flight with an ornithopter.'
  • Item number 2: 'A new study indicates that commonly used sunless tanning products directly increase the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma.'
  • Item number 3: 'Recent satellite images demonstrate Mercury's long gaseous comet-like tail.'

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

Albert Einstein

S: The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is produced by the New England Skeptical Society in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation and For more information on this and other episodes, please visit our website at For questions, suggestions, and other feedback, please use the "Contact Us" form on the website, or send an email to If you enjoyed this episode, then please help us spread the word by voting for us on Digg, or leaving us a review on iTunes. You can find links to these sites and others through our homepage. 'Theorem' is produced by Kineto, and is used with permission.


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