SGU Episode 888
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|SGU Episode 888|
|July 16th 2022|
|JWST's First Deep Field Image|
|SGU 887||SGU 889|
|S: Steven Novella|
|B: Bob Novella|
|J: Jay Novella|
|E: Evan Bernstein|
|AJR: Andrea Jones-Rooy, |
political, social, and data scientist and professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the NYU Center for Data Science
|Quote of the Week|
|Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.|
|John von Neumann, Hungarian-American mathematician and polymath|
Voice-over: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
S: But we also like to just talk about cool science, and that's mostly what we're going to do in the News Item segment of the show this week, starting with Jay.
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
Green Steel (11:10)
S: You're going to tell us about the race to create "green steel."
T. rex Arms (24:54)
S: ...populations are interbreeding. We had this conversation last week with an expert on dog evolution.
Getting Out the Vote (44:58)
James Webb Images (59:36)
- Webb Telescope Reveals a New Vision of an Ancient Universe
- Webb's First Deep Field (NIRCam Image)
B: ...for this specific news item, and I came up with a couple: "Now witness the power of this fully operational Space Telescope; and this one's for Jay: "My god, ___!" Finish it, Jay.
J: "...it's full of stars!"
Who's That Noisy? (1:16:03)
New Noisy (1:19:42)
[increasing number of small animals chirping/twittering/squeaking]
J: If you think you know what this week's Noisy is or you heard something really cool, please do--just send it to me. You never know, I might love it. Send it to WTN@theskepticsguide.org
Patreon Reminder (1:20:31)
Quote Quiz/Quotation Rotation/Potent Quotables (1:21:22)
Science or Fiction (1:32:40)
Item #1: A new study finds that smart thermostats, designed to save energy through efficiency, can increase strain on the electricity grid and worsen peak demand.
Item #2: A new analysis finds that the probability of one or more human casualties from rocket body reentry is about 10% over the next decade.
Item #3: Researchers find that intranasal oxytocin is effective in improving emotional sensitivity and relationship satisfaction in couples undergoing therapy.
|Science||smart thermostats can strain|
more reentries, more death
|more reentries, more death|
|smart thermostats can strain|
Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Steve Explains Item #3
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #1
Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:50:47)
Anyone who attempts to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.
– John von Neumann (1903-1957), Hungarian-American mathematician, physicist, computer scientist, engineer and polymath
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 email@example.com. 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.
Today I Learned
- Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference
- ARS Technica: The race to produce green steel
- Neurologica: T. rex Arms
- Politics, Groups, and Identities: Getting out the vote in the projects: lessons from a community organizing experiment
- NYT: Webb Telescope Reveals a New Vision of an Ancient Universe
- Applied Energy: Unintended consequences of smart thermostats in the transition to electrified heating
- Nature: Unnecessary risks created by uncontrolled rocket reentries
- The Royal Society: Oxytocin administration versus emotion training in healthy males: considerations for future research
- [url_for_TIL publication: title]