SGU Episode 802

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SGU Episode 802
November 21st 2020
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SGU 801 SGU 803
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella


Quote of the Week
One reason we must have a moral regard for the idea of reasonable communication is that caring passionately about truth, about accuracy, and about the proper relationships of statements, will diminish errors and ignorance and other kinds of foolishness.
Steve Allen, American television personality
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Introduction

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

COVID-19 Update ()

News Items

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J:

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C:


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

Resisting Facial Recognition ()

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Farming Mars ()

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Sound Beaming ()

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Hydrogen from Ammonia ()

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Who's That Noisy? ()

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_

New Noisy ()

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Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups ()

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Question #1: Rankine Scale ()

Name That Logical Fallacy ()

Science or Fiction ()

Answer Item
Fiction coherent ai sentences
Science crispr vs cancer cells
Science fast-forming diamonds
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Cara fast-forming diamonds
Bob coherent ai sentences
Jay coherent ai sentences
Evan coherent ai sentences
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Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: A study in mice uses a new CRISPR technique called CRISPR-LNP for “lipid nanoparticle” to attack cancer cells, increasing survival by 30% in glioblastoma and 80% in ovarian cancer.[5]
Item #2: A recent test of AI natural language processing (NLP) was able to generate coherent sentences from a list of common nouns and verbs that could not be distinguished from human-generated sentences by test subjects.[6]
Item #3: Scientists report a new technique for forming regular gem diamonds at room temperature in only minutes.[7]

Cara's Response

Bob's Response

Jay's Response

Evan's Response

Steve Explains Item #1

Steve Explains Item #2

Steve Explains Item #3

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()

One reason we must have a moral regard for the idea of reasonable communication is that caring passionately about truth, about accuracy, and about the proper relationships of statements, will diminish errors and ignorance and other kinds of foolishness.
Steve Allen (1921-2000), American television personality

Signoff/Announcements ()

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

S: Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is produced by SGU Productions, dedicated to promoting science and critical thinking. For more information, visit us at theskepticsguide.org. Send your questions to info@theskepticsguide.org. And, if you would like to support the show and all the work that we do, go to patreon.com/SkepticsGuide and consider becoming a patron and becoming part of the SGU community. Our listeners and supporters are what make SGU possible.

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Today I Learned

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[8]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description


References

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Vocabulary


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