SGU Episode 938

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SGU Episode 938
July 1st 2023
938 CHAPEA habitat.jpg

The CHAPEA mission will see the participants live and work in a 158m2 habitat at the Johnson Space Center.[1]

SGU 937                      SGU 939

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week

I hold my theories on the tips of my fingers, so that the merest breath of fact will blow them away.

attributed to Michael Faraday, English scientist

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Show Notes
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Voice-over: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

Titan submersible update

Media's misguided attention

Worsening geopolitical tragedies

What's the Word? (12:42)

News Items






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

Ripples in Spacetime (18:51)

Mars Simulation (28:23)

Multimillion Dollar Psychic Scam (42:04)

Who is Most Susceptible to Misinformation (52:16)

Malaria in Florida (1:00:26)

Who's That Noisy? (1:07:48)

Answer to previous Noisy:
A knife cutting down a vertical length of bamboo

New Noisy (1:11:54)



Announcements (1:12:32)

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (1:15:55)

Email #1: Existential Dread


Science or Fiction (1:22:55)

Theme: Computers

Item #1: The FBI reported that financial losses due to cybercrime in 2022 exceeded $1 trillion.[6]
Item #2: A 2020 analysis found that 77% of American jobs involved medium to high levels of digital skill.[7]
Item #3: A recent study estimates that even skilled computer users lose 11-20% of their work time dealing with computer issues.[8]

Answer Item
Fiction $1T cybercrime losses
Science Jobs involving digital skill
Dealing w/ computer issues
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Jobs involving digital skill
Jobs involving digital skill
$1T cybercrime losses

Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Evan's Response

Jay's Response

Cara's Response

Steve Explains Item #3

Steve Explains Item #1

Steve Explains Item #2

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:33:23)

I hold my theories on the tips of my fingers, so that the merest breath of fact will blow them away.

 – Michael Faraday (1791-1867), English scientist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry 


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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