SGU Episode 791
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|SGU Episode 791|
|September 5th 2020|
|SGU 790||SGU 792|
|S: Steven Novella|
|TD: Tim Dodd|
|Quote of the Week|
|Certain people – men, of course – discouraged me, saying [science] was not a good career for women. That pushed me even more to persevere.|
|Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, French virologist|
Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
COVID-19 Update ()
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
Nuclear Diamond Batteries ()
Instant COVID Testing ()
Detecting Alien Biochemistry ()
Who's That Noisy? ()
- Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_
New Noisy ()
Question #1: Star-gazing Permit ()
I was listening to your show mentioning how enjoyable it was to go stargazing and watch the Perseids meteor shower and am aware that some of the hosts live in or near the New York area. New York has a requirement to get a permit for stargazing (maybe only in a few parks and beaches; I'm unsure), and I was wondering what your thoughts are on this. Doesn't this inherently limit stargazers? Is there a benefit to the permit fee, or is it just revenue for the state? Do you know of other states that do this? Is this an 'anti-science' permit for charging people to enjoy the night sky? Thanks for your time!
– Derek Swinamer, British Columbia, Canada
Interview with Tim Dodd, the Everyday Astronaut ()
Science or Fiction ()
Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Item #1: An extensive study finds that political ads have an insignificant effect on voter choice, regardless of any variable considered, such as political affiliation, location, and positive vs. negative ads.
Item #2: A traffic simulation finds that small numbers of autonomous vehicles (<20%) could significantly slow overall traffic.
Item #3: A new study suggests that oxygen from Earth has been reacting with iron on the surface of the Moon.
Steve Explains Item #3
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #1
Skeptical Quote of the Week ()
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Today I Learned
- Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference
- Neurologica: Nuclear Diamond Batteries
- Scientific American: 'Instant Coffee' COVID-19 Tests Could Be the Answer to Reopening the U.S.
- Live Science: Thousands of Earthlike 'blanets' might circle the Milky Way's central black hole
- Air & Space: A New Tool to Detect Alien Biochemistry
- [https://news.yale.edu/2020/09/02/political-ads-have-little-persuasive-power Yale News: Political ads have little persuasive power]
- IOPscience: A minority of self-organizing autonomous vehicles significantly increase freeway traffic flow
- ScienceDaily: Has Earth's oxygen rusted the Moon for billions of years?
- [url_for_TIL publication: title]