SGU Episode 130

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SGU Episode 130
January 16th 2008
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SGU 129 SGU 131
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.'
Marie Curie
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Introduction[edit]

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

News Items ()[edit]

Scientists Make Beating Heart ()[edit]

  • www.scienceblog.com/cms/researchers-create-beating-heart-lab-15218.html


Divining Intervention ()[edit]

  • www.theskepticsguide.org/sgublog/?p=110


UFO Over Texas ()[edit]

  • www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18146244


More Evidence Against Vaccines Causing Autism ()[edit]

  • www.theness.com/neurologicablog/index.php?p=159

    vaccineawakening.blogspot.com/2006/10/ca-autism-increases-with-rate-decline.html
    www.safeminds.org/government/safeminds-analysis-schechter-grether-01-08v2.pdf


Tom Cruise Recruiting Video ()[edit]

  • gawker.com/5002269/the-cruise-indoctrination-video-scientology-tried-to-suppress

Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Dinosaur Extinction ()[edit]

SGU gang:
Although it's possible I may be overlooking a simple explanation, I'm not quite sure how an asteroid and/or volcanic activity killed off the dinosaurs without destroying almost every other existing species living at the same time. If the theory is correct that it was the resulting dust and smoke that blocked out the sun for years and years, which in turn would have killed off plant life, why didn't ALL living creatures, except bacteria of course, go the way of Dino? This doesn't seem logical, although, again, I may be missing a simple explanation. Help and thanx.

Paul DesOrmeaux
Rochester, NY

Interview with Brian Dunning ()[edit]

  • www.skeptoid.com

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Question #1: New research shows that some over-the-counter dietary supplements may promote the progression of prostate cancer. Question #2: New evidence shows that humans have better hearing, in terms of frequency discrimination, than almost all other animals. Question #3: The bubonic plague has recently reached epidemic levels in parts of Africa and Asia and experts warn of a possible worldwide pandemic if immediate steps are not taken.

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale.'-Marie Curie

Announcements ()[edit]

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