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SGU Episode 274
October 13th 2010
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SGU 273 SGU 275
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.'
Anatole France
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Introduction[edit]

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

News Items ()[edit]

Dark Matter Strangeness ()[edit]

Supreme Court Vaccine Case ()[edit]

Gliese 581g Follow up ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: the first purported recording of a human voice

Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Question #1 - Magic Burgers ()[edit]

I thought you might be able to shed some light on the seemingly magical properties of McDonald's food. In the movie Super Size Me, and this article from the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1319562/McDonalds-Happy-Meal-bought-Sally-Davies-shows-sign-mould-6-months.html It seems that McDonald's burgers and fries will not decay if left out, and for some reason that's a bad thing. I don't know if the fact that food should decay is a false premise, but I thought this might make an interesting quick topic if you haven't already discussed it. Thanks for the great podcast year after year! -Andy Paulo Glastonbury, CT

Interview with Ben Goldacre ()[edit]

  • www.badscience.net

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Researchers find that feeling in love is as effective in pain relief as narcotic medications. Item #2: A new study finds that whale feces contributes more nitrogen to fish ecosystems that all rivers combined. Item #3: Astronomers have discovered the largest galaxy supercluster ever - with hundreds of galaxies and with a mass of around 800 trillion solar masses.

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.' - Anatole France

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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