SGU Episode 161

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SGU Episode 161
August 20th 2008
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SGU 160 SGU 162
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'To defy the authority of empirical evidence is to disqualify oneself as someone worthy of critical engagement in a dialogue'
The 14th Dalai Lama
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Introduction[edit]

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

News Items ()[edit]

Remembering Perry ()[edit]

Monkey Eludes Dragnet ()[edit]

Bigfoot Body Follow Up ()[edit]

Robot with Biological Brain ()[edit]

Doping ()[edit]

Special Report ()[edit]

  • The JREF (http://www.randi.org/)evaluates the claims of Colin Ross for the Million Dollar Challenge, and SGU host Steven Novella reports on his involvement with the evaluation.

Interview with Adam Savage ()[edit]

  • Interview with Adam Savage of Mythbusters at TAM 6 in Las Vegas

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item # 1: By making an alloy of iron, silicon, and manganese, researchers have created a practical superconductor at temperatures just under zero degrees celcius, just short of the holy grail of a “room-temperature” superconductor. Item # 2: A new study shows that lining endotracheal tubes used for patients on a ventilator with silver reduces the incidence of pneumonia by 36%. Item # 3: Scientists have developed a thin film that can radically change its absorption or emittance of light and heat, which can be used to insulate so-called micro-satellites.

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'To defy the authority of empirical evidence is to disqualify oneself as someone worthy of critical engagement in a dialogue' - The 14th Dalai Lama

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