SGU Episode 782
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|SGU Episode 782|
|July 1st 2020|
|SGU 781||SGU 783|
|S: Steven Novella|
|B: Bob Novella|
|J: Jay Novella|
|E: Evan Bernstein|
|C: Cara Santa Maria|
|Quote of the Week|
|Pulling bad science apart is the best teaching gimmick I know for explaining how good science really works.|
|Ben Goldacre, British physicist|
- 1 Introduction
- 2 COVID-19 Update ()
- 3 What’s the Word? ()
- 4 News Items
- 5 Who's That Noisy? ()
- 6 Name That Logical Fallacy ()
- 7 Science or Fiction ()
- 8 Skeptical Quote of the Week ()
- 9 Signoff/Announcements ()
- 10 Today I Learned
- 11 References
Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
COVID-19 Update ()
What’s the Word? ()
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
Raw Milk ()
Monster Quasar ()
Asteroid Killed the Dinosaurs ()
Visualizing Data ()
Who's That Noisy? ()
- Answer to last week’s Noisy: Pinball Machine
New Noisy ()
[brief, vague description of Noisy]
Name That Logical Fallacy ()
- Unoriginal Arguments
Hello, Rogues! I believe this is a question for Steve. Often when arguing on the Internet, I see arguments dismissed as unoriginal, regardless of how well thought out it is. It always feels to me like a way of avoiding making any real counter-argument, rather than a legitimate criticism. I don't think I've ever heard this subject handled on the SGU, and I'm very interested in what Steve, the SGU's resident authority on logical fallacies, has to say about dismissing arguments as unoriginal. Keep it up! - Noel
Science or Fiction ()
Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Theme: Regenerative Medicine
Item #1: Scientists were able to keep pancreas slices alive in culture for up to 10 days and demonstrate regeneration of the insulin-producing cells when stimulated by a growth factor.
Item #2: Medical researchers successfully coaxed damaged adult mouse lungs to grow new air sacs, increasing lung capacity and oxygen exchange.
Item #3: Researchers were able to reprogram adult cells normally present in the inner ear into sound-sensing hair cells using only four transcription factors.
Steve Explains Item 1
Steve Explains Item 2
Steve Explains Item 3
Skeptical Quote of the Week ()
Pulling bad science apart is the best teaching gimmick I know for explaining how good science really works.
– Ben Goldacre, British physicist, I Think You'll Find it's a Bit More Complicated Than That.
S: —and until next week, this is your Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.
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Today I Learned
- Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference
- Neurologica: Face Mask War
- Neurologica: Raw Milk is Bad
- Sci News: Astronomers Find Monster Quasar in Early Universe
- ZME Science: Asteroid impact, not volcanoes, doomed the dinosaurs
- Quartz: How bad Covid-19 data visualizations mislead the public
- Nature: Long-term culture of human pancreatic slices as a model to study real-time islet regeneration
- NIH: New stem cell identified for lung tissue regeneration
- USC: USC Stem Cell scientists find a simpler way to make sensory hearing cells
- Vox: Meet the anti-Dr. Oz: Ben Goldacre
- [url for TIL, publication: title]