SGU Episode 189

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SGU Episode 189
March 4th 2009
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SGU 188 SGU 190
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
“I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughtnut... I don't need a receipt for the doughnut. I give you money and you give me the doughnut, end of transaction. We don't need to bring ink and paper into this. I can't imagine a scenario that I would have to prove that I bought a doughnut. To some skeptical friend, 'Don't even act like I didn't get that doughnut, I've got the documentation right here... It's in my file at home. ...Under 'D'
Mitch Hedberg
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Introduction[edit]

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

News Items ()[edit]

Item #1 – Vaccine Update ()[edit]

Item #2 - Designer Babies ()[edit]

Item #3 - Riversnake Update ()[edit]

Item #4 - TAM7 Info ()[edit]

Interview with Kenny Feder ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item # 1: MIT engineers have developed a process to nanostitch composite materials together, such as those used in aircraft manufacture, with carbon nanotubes making the materials 10 times stronger and a million times more conductive. Item #2: A researcher has developed a device that can induce a room-temperature plasma field in a sealed food package which kills bacteria and reduces the risk of food-borne infection. Item # 3: Researchers find that those who profess deep religious belief perform significantly poorer on standardized tests of mental agility, such as the Stroop test.

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week - a wind turbine

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

“I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughtnut... I don't need a receipt for the doughnut. I give you money and you give me the doughnut, end of transaction. We don't need to bring ink and paper into this. I can't imagine a scenario that I would have to prove that I bought a doughnut. To some skeptical friend, 'Don't even act like I didn't get that doughnut, I've got the documentation right here... It's in my file at home. ...Under 'D' -Mitch Hedberg

Notes and Links ()[edit]

S: The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is produced by the New England Skeptical Society in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation and skepchick.org. For more information on this and other episodes, please visit our website at www.theskepticsguide.org. For questions, suggestions and other feedback, please use the 'contact us' form on the website, or send an email to 'info @ theSkepticsGuide.org'. If you enjoyed this episode, then please help us to spread the word by voting for us on Digg, or leaving us a review on iTunes. You can find links to these sites and others through our homepage. 'Theorem' is produced by Kineto, and is used with permission.

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