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SGU Episode 289
January 26th 2011
SGU 288 SGU 290
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week
'Anecdotal evidence leads us to conclusions that we wish to be true, not conclusions that actually are true.'
Barry Beyerstein
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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

This Day in Skepticism ()[edit]

  • Karl Benz Applies for Patent: January 29, 1886, Karl Benz applied for a patent for his Benz Patent Motorwagen, a three-wheeler vehicle with a gasoline engine. This patent specification, DRP-37435, is recognized today as the birth certificate of the internal-combustion, gasoline-powered automobile. The two-stroke engine had four horizontally-opposed pistons. He had finished the work on the vehicle the previous month, 31 Jan 1885. Sales to the public began in July.

News Items ()[edit]

Jack LaLanne Dies at 96 ()[edit]

Cold Fusion Again ()[edit]

Cochrane Reviews Statins ()[edit]

Astrologers Angered ()[edit]

More on Science Education ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Steward Lee

Questions and E-mails ()[edit]

Question #1 - Alien DNA ()[edit]

Hey guys, I love the show. I came across this video from a friend who is convinced that 'they are here' Please help me convince him that he is out of his mind. Alien Abduction Sexual Assault Provided Biological Evidence Of Extraterrestrials Greg Brewer Midland Ontario Canada

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: A recently published analysis concludes that 100% of the world's energy needs can be met with renewable sources (wind, solar, and water) using existing technology within 20-40 years. Item #2: Paleontologists have uncovered the first and only known single-fingered dinosaur. Item #3: A new study finds that, contrary to popular belief, staring at the horizon on a moving boat worsens motion sickness.

Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'Anecdotal evidence leads us to conclusions that we wish to be true, not conclusions that actually are true.' - Barry Beyerstein

Voiceover: The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is produced by SGU productions, dedicated to promoting science and critical thinking. For more information on this and other episodes, please visit our website at You can also check out our other podcast the SGU 5x5 as well as find links to our blogs and the SGU forums. For questions, suggestions and other feedback please use the contact us form on the website or send an email to If you enjoyed this episode then please help us spread the word by leaving us a review on iTunes, Zune or your portal of choice.'Theorem' is performed by Kineto, and used with permission.


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