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SGU Episode 148
May 21st 2008
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Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. That is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast on nature.'
Jacob Bronowski
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Introduction[edit]

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

News Items ()[edit]

Tasmanian Tiger Gene Resurrected ()[edit]

Mobile Phones and Pregnancy ()[edit]

Teen Faces Prosecution for Calling Scientology 'Cult' ()[edit]

Supernova Caught in the Act ()[edit]

Interview with Michael Shull ()[edit]

Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Radiometric Dating of Mount St. Helens ()[edit]

My favorite Rogues,

I was paired up to play golf with a Baptist Pastor who had attended Bob Jones University. Although a nice guy he really believes that Bible thing. He said he was going to pray for me but I wonder.... As we were packing our cars he commented on how hot it was outside and I remarked that I guess I had better get used to that!

Anyway, he brought up a story that I don't remember hearing before. He said that scientists were wrong about the age of Mount St. Helens. Here is a link that describes his story.

www.creationism.org/articles/swenson1.htm

Please provide a reference for where this story came from and I will print it off and mail it to him at his church.

My 14 year old son and I look forward to meeting you all in Las Vegas next month!

Thanks,

Hirsh Leff
USA

www.noanswersingenesis.org.au/mt_st_helens_dacite_kh.htm

Interviews ()[edit]

Interview with Carl Zimmer ()[edit]

  • Carl Zimmer is a popular author of many science books. We discuss his latest book - Microcosm - about E. coli.

    carlzimmer.com/
    www.scienceblogs.com/loom/

Interview with Jeff WaggJeff gives us the latest update about The Amazing Meeting 6

http://www.randi.org/joom/component/option,com_registrationpro/Itemid,33/func,details/did,1/

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Question #1: Researchers have found that capsaicin, the chemical that makes chili peppers hot, is an effectile treatment for erectile dysfunction. Question #2: A new study shows that the scales of a Brazilian beetle have the optimal structure for optical computing. Question #3: Genetic researchers have identified a gene that determines musical aptitude.

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. That is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast on nature.'- Jacob Bronowski

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