SGU Episode 806

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SGU Episode 806
December 19th 2020
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SGU 805 SGU 807
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

Quote of the Week

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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 ()

  • Vaccine and Home Testing

News Items






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

Arecibo Telescope ()

AI Predicting Weather ()

Manipulated by Robots ()

Genetically Engineered Pigs ()

Asteroid Sample Return ()

Who's That Noisy? ()

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_

New Noisy ()


Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups ()

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Email #1: Historicity of Jesus ()

Science or Fiction ()

Answer Item
Fiction code like language
Science older galaxies exist
exoplanet radio signal
Host Result
Rogue Guess

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: Neuroscientists find that reading computer code heavily involves language processing areas of the brain, and is therefore similar to a language.[6]
Item #2: A study of the most distant known object in the universe, galaxy GN-z11, which is 13.4 billion light years from Earth, contains heavier elements, which means there are older galaxies still.[7]
Item #3: Astronomers report the first possible radio signal coming from an exoplanet. [8]

_Rogue_ Response

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_Rogue_ Response

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_Host_ Explains Item #_n_

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_Host_ Explains Item #_n_

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()

– AUTHOR (YYYY-YYYY), _short_description_

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 Send your questions to And, if you would like to support the show and all the work that we do, go to and consider becoming a patron and becoming part of the SGU community. Our listeners and supporters are what make SGU possible.


Today I Learned

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



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