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=== Space Policy Directive 1 <small>()</small> ===
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* [https://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/space-policy-directive-1-return-to-the-moon/ Space Policy Directive 1 – Return to the Moon]<ref>[https://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/space-policy-directive-1-return-to-the-moon/ Neurologica: Space Policy Directive 1 – Return to the Moon]</ref>
  
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=== Group Perception <small>()</small> ===
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* [https://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/in-half-a-second/ In Half a Second]<ref>[https://theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php/in-half-a-second/ Neurologica: In Half a Second]</ref>
  
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* [https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/12/tick-dinosaur-feather-found-in-amber-blood-parastites-science/ Ticks That Fed on Dinosaurs Found Trapped in Amber]<ref>[https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/12/tick-dinosaur-feather-found-in-amber-blood-parastites-science/ NatGeo: Ticks That Fed on Dinosaurs Found Trapped in Amber]</ref>
  
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* [https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/bacteria-discovery-in-antarctica-prompts-rethink-of-humanitys-search-for-alien-life/news-story/29e6b683bea747a132ef5d1ececa1ae7 Bacteria discovery in Antarctica prompts rethink of humanity’s search for alien life]<ref>[https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/bacteria-discovery-in-antarctica-prompts-rethink-of-humanitys-search-for-alien-life/news-story/29e6b683bea747a132ef5d1ececa1ae7 News.com.au: Bacteria discovery in Antarctica prompts rethink of humanity’s search for alien life]</ref>
  
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* [https://pratt.duke.edu/about/news/water-cloak Electromagnetic Water Cloak Eliminates Drag and Wake]<ref>[https://pratt.duke.edu/about/news/water-cloak Duke Pratt School of Engineering News: Electromagnetic Water Cloak Eliminates Drag and Wake]</ref>
  
 
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<blockquote><p style="line-height:115%"> I recently watched [https://vimeo.com/205264910 this short film] on grounding or earthing, a seemingly miraculous technique for dealing with chronic pain caused by inflammation. Part of my skepticism about this field stems from the simple fact that if this information was as important as is claimed in the movie, it would probably be more widely known. The other part of my skepticism is about the way I came to see the movie (a post on Facebook by a pretty woo-woo friend of mine, who used to be my yoga instructor). But the film produces some pretty convincing evidence: testimonials from medical doctors and physicists, and 20 scientific studies which have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals. I'll be looking into this further on my own, but I'm curious: could there be something to this, or is it another convenient solution that tries to explain away too many unrelated problems? Thanks for reading,<br><br>– Evelyn McLean Los Angeles, CA </p></blockquote>
  
 
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SGU Episode 649
December 16th 2017
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SGU 648 SGU 650
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella


Quote of the Week
A theory which is not refutable by any conceivable event is non-scientific. Irrefutability is not a virtue of a theory (as people often think) but a vice. Every genuine test of a theory is an attempt to falsify it, or refute it.
Sir Karl Raimund Popper, Austrian-British philosopher
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Introduction[edit]

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


Forgotten Superheroes of Science ()[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]

Space Policy Directive 1 ()[edit]

Group Perception ()[edit]

Ticks, Dinosaurs, and Amber ()[edit]

Antarctic Extremophiles ()[edit]

Water Cloak ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

New Noisy ()[edit]

[_short_vague_description_of_Noisy]

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups ()[edit]

Question #1: Earthing ()[edit]

I recently watched this short film on grounding or earthing, a seemingly miraculous technique for dealing with chronic pain caused by inflammation. Part of my skepticism about this field stems from the simple fact that if this information was as important as is claimed in the movie, it would probably be more widely known. The other part of my skepticism is about the way I came to see the movie (a post on Facebook by a pretty woo-woo friend of mine, who used to be my yoga instructor). But the film produces some pretty convincing evidence: testimonials from medical doctors and physicists, and 20 scientific studies which have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals. I'll be looking into this further on my own, but I'm curious: could there be something to this, or is it another convenient solution that tries to explain away too many unrelated problems? Thanks for reading,

– Evelyn McLean Los Angeles, CA

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction plant electricity
Science hydrogen-boron fusion
Science co2 into a mineral
Host Result
Steve swept
Rogue Guess
Bob plant electricity
Jay plant electricity
Evan plant electricity
Cara plant electricity
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Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: Scientists report a breakthrough with hydrogen-boron fusion using lasers and predict a working prototype within 10 years.[6]
Item #2: Engineers at Wageningen University have developed a system by which they can harvest electricity directly from plants, and bioengineered a tree that, when mature, several together can produce enough electricity to power a small home.[7]
Item #3: Researchers demonstrate a method they claim can be used to convert 850 million tons of atmospheric CO2 into a mineral each year, using seawater and scrap metal, and producing hydrogen as a side product. [8]

Bob’s Response[edit]

Jay’s Response[edit]

Evan’s Response[edit]

Cara’s Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

A theory which is not refutable by any conceivable event is non-scientific. Irrefutability is not a virtue of a theory (as people often think) but a vice. Every genuine test of a theory is an attempt to falsify it or refute it.
Sir Karl Raimund Popper (1902-1994), Austrian-British philosopher

Signoff/Announcements ()[edit]

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