SGU Episode 288

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SGU Episode 288
January 19th 2011
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SGU 287 SGU 289
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


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'The tough mind is sharp and penetrating, breaking through the crust of legends and myths and sifting the true from the false. Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.'
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
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Introduction[edit]

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

This Day in Skepticism ()[edit]

News Items ()[edit]

No Ghosts in my Backyard ()[edit]

Simulating Earth ()[edit]

Reaction to Bem's Psi Research ()[edit]

Engineering Chickens ()[edit]

Cloning Mammoths ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: a cat

Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Question #1 - The Sun as Battery ()[edit]

Hello SGU - You guys are tremendous, witty, and knowledgeable. I'm so glad I found you one day about 8 months ago while looking for new science podcasts. Here in Colorado, the healthiest and most intelligent state in the Union :), we love SGU! I'm working in the renewable energy industry now, so once in a while I get a cool-aid-chugging friend sending me links and info on what usually turns out to be your average perpetual motion/free energy machine. This link is slightly different. Yes, this guy has all the credentials necessary for permanent residency in Cookville, USA, but there does appear to be an actual scientific effect going on here, so I thought you could set me straight on what I'm seeing. http://greenecoclub.com/tesla/ Enjoy, Tom Boyd Denver CO

Question #2 - Land Sharks ()[edit]

Sharks swimming on the streets of (flooded) Australia Jay will certainly love this one: http://www.thechronicle.com.au/story/2011/01/14/ipswich-bull-sharks-spotted-flood-affected-streets/ Love the show, by the way! Cheers, Felipe Campelo Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: A recent study shows for the first time American's have a greater negative than positive attitude toward science. Item #2: A Spanish study finds that tractor rollovers are the #1 cause of farm-related deaths. [http://wis-wander.weizmann.ac.il/site/en/weizman.asp?pi=371&doc_id=6371 and== Quote of the Week () ==

'The tough mind is sharp and penetrating, breaking through the crust of legends and myths and sifting the true from the false. Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.' — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

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