SGU Episode 281

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SGU Episode 281
December 1st 2010
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SGU 280 SGU 282
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'We work by exorcising incessant superstition that there are mysterious tribal gods against you. Nature has neither rewards nor punishments, only consequences. You can use science to make it work for you.'
Edwin Land
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Introduction[edit]

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

News Items ()[edit]

SETI 50th Anniversary ()[edit]

Antimatter Breakthrough ()[edit]

Nanoparticles and Glowing Trees ()[edit]

Oprah Promotes Psychic Surgeon ()[edit]

Latest PSI Research ()[edit]

Bending Time and Space ()[edit]

Live Q&A ()[edit]

Question #1 - Neurology of Belief ()[edit]

Neurology of Belief

Question #2 - Coincidence ()[edit]

What rhymes with 'orange?'

Question #3 - Multi-Level Marketing ()[edit]

Super-oxygenated water scam

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Researchers at UBC have found that an organism with the world's smallest nuclear genome, E. cuniculi, can have 20% of its genes removed with no impact on its function. Item #2: UBC researchers have been able to directly observe for the first time, the moment when electrons in a super conductor transition from coherent particles into a superconducting state. Item #3: UBC researchers have discovered a marsh-dwelling freshwater fish that can evolve to survive in a saltwater marine environment in only 3 generations.

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'We work by exorcising incessant superstition that there are mysterious tribal gods against you. Nature has neither rewards nor punishments, only consequences. You can use science to make it work for you.' - Edwin Land

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