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SGU Episode 316
August 3rd 2011
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SGU 315 SGU 317
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week
'I have something to say. It's better to burn out than to fade away.'
The Kurgan
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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

This Day in Skepticism ()[edit]

  • August 6, 1996: NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin announced the discovery of evidence of a primitive life form on Mars.

News Items ()[edit]

The 27 Club ()[edit]

Blood-Red Lake ()[edit]

Earth Trojan Asteroid ()[edit]

Radioactive Decay and Earth's Heat ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: From Oscar Wilde's short story 'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime'.

Questions and Emails ()[edit]

Question #1 ()[edit]

Hi gang, I've just finished watching a talk on TED by Brene Brown on 'The Power of vulnerability' [ ]. In her talk she quotes her old research professor: 'If you can't measure it, it does not exist.' I heard the quote and immediately wondered what reaction a panel of skeptics might have to such a statement. Bypassing the obvious 'How do you measure love?' and so forth, is the statement valid or is it little more than a catchy sound-byte? Keep it up, Adrian Robinson Hungerford, UK

Interview with Elizabeth Loftus ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Physicists have developed a method for testing whether or not our universe exists as part of a greater multiverse, and have even conducted preliminary, although inconclusive, observations. Item #2: New research indicates that those who live to be 95 or older have lifestyles that are no healthier than the general population. Item #3: Biologists have discovered a plant that attracts pollinating bats by producing ultrasound that mimics the bat's echolocation.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'I have something to say. It's better to burn out than to fade away.' The Kurgan

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