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SGU Episode 531
12th Sep 2015
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SGU 530 SGU 532
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


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The skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.
Miguel de Unamuno
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Introduction

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

Forgotten Superheroes of Science ()

Fritz Haber
German Chemist and inventor of synthetic fertilizer. He has the distinction of saving more lives than any other scientist: 2.72 billion

News Items

Night Skies ()

Thinking Style and Paranormal Belief ()

Psychic Detectives ()

Special Report ()

Time Travel

What's the Word ()

Stochastic

Science or Fiction ()

Item #1: A new analysis finds that iconicity – the sound of words reflecting their meaning – is not rare as once thought but can be found throughout the English language. http://www.as.miami.edu/news/news-archive/finding-iconicity-in-spoken-languages-.html Item #2: Brown-headed cowbirds lay their eggs in the nests of other birds to be raised, but a new study finds that female cowbirds track the wellbeing of their abandoned offspring. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150909125155.htm Item #3: Researchers have developed a capsule that automatically degrades medication after a specific length of time to prevent water contamination from discarded medication. http://www.sciencenewsline.com/articles/2015090915050004.html

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()

The skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found

Miguel de Unamuno

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