SGU Episode 279

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SGU Episode 279
November 15th 2010
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SGU 278 SGU 280
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'We have never seen, in our time, nature go out of her course. But we have good reason to believe that millions of lies have been told in the same time. It is therefore at least millions to one that the reporter of a miracle tells a lie.'
Thomas Paine
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Introduction[edit]

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

News Items ()[edit]

NASA Discovers Mysterious Bubbles ()[edit]

Exploiting Psychic Kids ()[edit]

More Homeopathy Spin ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Forlorn Beaver

Your Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Lunar Weather Predicting ()[edit]

Subject: Ken Ring's ability to predict the weather purely by the moon http://www.predictweather.co.nz/ Hi sceptics. Here in New Zealand we have a forecaster of weather who uses only tho moon to predict weather. He does not belive in chaos in weather and can therefore forecast as far ahead as he likes. He claims an 85% accuracy rate. Seems a lot fishy to me. Is there any good science in solely lunar weather forecasting? Shane Lust Auckland, New Zealand

Caffeine and Sperm Count ()[edit]

Hey Skeptics! Just a quick question. My wife and I are about to start trying for our first child. She suggested that I lay off the caffeine while we try because caffeine is known to lower a man's sperm count. I did a brief search on the Interwebs and found conflicting 'evidence.' Some articles suggested caffeine could actually be a boon to those with lower sperm counts. Some articles pointed to cola drinks, not caffeine specifically as the culprit (i.e. coffee and tea are still cool). Anyway, I thought I'd turn to you for the definitive answer regarding my little swimmers. Do I really have to choose between Cherry Coke and children? Thanks. Matt Nelson Utah

Interview with D.J. Grothe ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: A new study finds that high-intensity narrow spectrum (HINS) light is effective in treating bacterial infections, even in some deep tissues. Item #2: The remains of Tycho Brahe were recently exhumed in order to obtain evidence as to the cause of his death - specifically that he may have been poisoned, with one of the suspects being Johannes Kepler. Item #3: New consumer research finds that consumers may prefer a credit card with a 1% interest over a 0% interest rate because the number zero can cause confusion. https://www.jcr-admin.org/pressreleases/111510111603_Palmeirasrelease.pdf

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'We have never seen, in our time, nature go out of her course. But we have good reason to believe that millions of lies have been told in the same time. It is therefore at least millions to one that the reporter of a miracle tells a lie.' Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

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