SGU Episode 315

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SGU Episode 315
July 27th 2011
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SGU 314 SGU 316
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'A live body and a dead body contain the same number of particles. Structurally, there’s no discernible difference. Life and death are unquantifiable abstracts. Why should I be concerned?'
Dr. Manhattan
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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]

  • July 30, 1898,: Corn Flakes were invented by William Kellogg.

News Items ()[edit]

TAM9 and Upcoming Events ()[edit]

Victory for Evolution in Texas ()[edit]

New Moon for Pluto ()[edit]

Life in the Universe ()[edit]

Connecticut Chupacabra ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Barn Owl

Interview with Bill Nye ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: A new analysis indicates that the greatest threat to endangered large African mammal species is the conservation laws designed to protect them. Item #2: Biologists discover that the cottony cushion scale insect fertilizes its eggs with sperm that live inside of it as a separate infectious tissue lineage. Item #3: Scientists discover that the biomass of a species in a given ecosystem is determined entirely by it's place in the food chain, and not by animal type, size, or other variable.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'A live body and a dead body contain the same number of particles. Structurally, there’s no discernible difference. Life and death are unquantifiable abstracts. Why should I be concerned?' - Dr. Manhattan

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