SGU Episode 305

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SGU Episode 305
May 18th 2011
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SGU 304 SGU 306
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.'
Stephen Hawking
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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]

  • May 21, 1916: Daylight Saving Time was introduced in Britain as a war-time measure to save fuel.

News Items ()[edit]

Rapture ()[edit]

Another Cancer Cure ()[edit]

Gut Bacteria and Behavior ()[edit]

Habitable Exoplanet ()[edit]

Higgs False Alarm ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week - Jumping Spider

Swindlers List ()[edit]

Swindlers ListBidsell.com

Interview with James Randi ()[edit]

  • www.randi.org

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Imaging studies of ancient Egyptian mummies find an almost complete absence of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), even in the older individuals.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110517121824.htm Item #2: Astronomers have detected a new class of planet - Jupiter-sized rogue planets wandering interstellar space, and estimate their number at 400 billion in the Milky Way.http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110518/full/news.2011.303.html Item #3: Researchers find that exposure to cockroach antigen is a significant contributor to childhood asthma.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110517151301.htm

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.' — Stephen Hawking

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