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SGU Episode 253
May 19th 2010
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SGU 252 SGU 254
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'Imagination is as vital to any advance in science as learning and precision are essential for starting points.'
Percival Lowell 1855-1916 Astronomer, founded Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, began effort to find Pluto, famous for claiming to have found canals on Mars.
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Introduction[edit]

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

News Items ()[edit]

Cell Phone Cancer Update ()[edit]

Why Does Matter Exist ()[edit]

Applied Kinesiology ()[edit]

BMA Trashes Homeopathy ()[edit]

Early Bird Feathers ()[edit]

Ball Lightening ()[edit]

Pesticides and ADHD ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week - the sound of Dark Matter

Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Question #1 - Liquid Mountaineering ()[edit]

http://skepchick.org/blog/2010/05/how-to-google-aka-liquid-mountaineering-is-a-viral-ad/

Question #2 - Cults ()[edit]

Big fan etc etc but I often (in the podcast, in the Why Are Nerds Unpopular article) hear/see you use the term 'cult'. Could you give a definition of what a cult is? Specifically, could you provide one that distinguishes a 'cult' from, say, a Baptist church, or a Buddhist society, while also being encompassing enough to include all of the different groups that people have applied the label 'cult' to? I ask because I do not have such a definition, and from everything that I know about the sociology of religions it is not possible to have such a definition. 'Cult' seems to be a derogatory term applied by members of a dominant/popular religious group towards a smaller religious group that they don't like, and I'm disappointed that you use it so readily and without any qualification. I know you're very busy, but I hope you find time to respond. Regards, Jakub

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: A new study shows that wild birds prefer conventionally grown seeds to their organically grown counterparts. Item #2: A recent review concludes that epidemiological and animal data support the conclusion that caffeine slows progression and improves function in Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Item #3: Researchers announce that they have successfully developed a universal flu vaccine that can be widely available prior to the next flu season.

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'Imagination is as vital to any advance in science as learning and precision are essential for starting points.' - Percival Lowell 1855-1916 Astronomer, founded Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, began effort to find Pluto, famous for claiming to have found canals on Mars.

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