SGU Episode 788

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SGU Episode 788
August 15th 2020
(brief caption for the episode icon)

SGU 787                      SGU 789

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
E: Evan Bernstein
Quote of the Week

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another.

John Burroughs, American naturalist and nature essayist
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Show Notes
Forum Topic


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

COVID-19 Update ()

News Items






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

COVID-19 Quackery in Afghanistan ()

The Russian Vaccine ()

CNO Neutrinos ()

TESS Exoplanet Mission ()

Follow Up on Lava Tubes ()

Who's That Noisy? ()

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_

New Noisy ()


Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups ()

Question #1: Benford's Law ()

Steve, pretty please, with cheese and Jay farts, talk about Benford's Law.
— Pepe Smith, Raleigh, NC/Hong Kong

Science or Fiction ()

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: A new review of dinosaurs closely related to birds finds that powered flight evolved independently at least three times in this group.[6][v 1]
Item #2: An analysis finds that TSA likely missed 4,600 firearms in carry on luggage for air travel between 2014 and 2019.[7]
Item #3: A comparison of wheat varieties from 1891-2010 finds that modern wheat has as much as 50% more gluten than the older cultivars.[8]

Evan's Response

Bob's Response

Cara's Response

Steve Explains Item #2

Steve Explains Item #1

Steve Explains Item #3

Answer Item
Fiction wheat cultivars
Science {{{science1}}}
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
powered flight
powered flight
wheat cultivars

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another.
John Burroughs (1837-1921), American naturalist and nature essayist

Signoff/Announcements ()

S: —and until next week, this is your Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.

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Today I Learned

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[9]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description



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