SGU Episode 296

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SGU Episode 296
March 16th 2011
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SGU 295 SGU 297
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'An unsophisticated forecaster uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts - for support rather than for illumination.'
Andrew Lang
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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]

  • 1827: Charles Darwin made his earliest scientific discovery, at age 18. He dissected some specimens of a baranacle-like marine organism, the polyzoan Flustra. Thus he began what became a lifelong interest in natural history http://www.todayinsci.com/3/../2/2_12.htm#DarwinCharles

News Items ()[edit]

Japan Earthquake ()[edit]

Time Traveling Particle ()[edit]

Finding Atlantis ()[edit]

TAM9 From Outer Space ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week - geese walking on pavement

Questions and Emails ()[edit]

Question #1 - Corrections ()[edit]

Magellan DNA Computing

Question #2 - Ambit Energy ()[edit]

The other day in my high school class Ambit Energy (http://ww2.ambitenergy.com/) came up because a few of the students have parents in the program. It was explained and my first reaction was 'this is a pyramid scheme and fraud' but I didn't have any evidence to back it up. Now that I've read the website it seems like it's clearly fraud, how do guys recommend I tell these guys that their parents, even if they are making money, are part of a scam? James New York

Interview with Mark Mervine ()[edit]

  • We discuss the Japan nuclear power plant melt down with an expert on commercial nuclear power.

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: New Hubble measurements of the expansion of the universe lend support to the theory of dark energy. Item #2: A psychological researcher warns that obsessive compulsive disorder is on the rise because it is being triggered by obsessive collecting. Item #3: A new study shows that beaching of beaked whales is not caused by military use of sonar, as has been previously claimed.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'An unsophisticated forecaster uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts - for support rather than for illumination.' - Andrew Lang

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