SGU Episode 317

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SGU Episode 317
August 10th 2011
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SGU 316 SGU 318
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'And when we die our empty bodies turn to dust/There'll be no pit of fire/No angels singing songs for us/There's nothing we can say that people won't forget some day/There's nothing we can do that matters/And that's okay'
From The Future by The Limousines
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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]

  • August 13, 1903: The journal Nature reported that helium gas is produced by the radioactive decay of the radium.

News Items ()[edit]

Antimatter in Space ()[edit]

3-D Brain Mapping ()[edit]

Time Shift ()[edit]

4-Time Lottery Winner ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: sawing dry ice

Questions and Emails ()[edit]

Question #1 - Robert Johnson ()[edit]

I'm teasing a bit here... But how can you skip Robert Johnson??? The Father of the Blues... The man who made a deal with the devil at the crossroads! It's a great story. He supposedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his ability to play the blues. I tell you what, the blues get no respect (in my best Rodney Dangerfield voice). FYI, you are all brilliant and I truly enjoy every week when I get to listen to your thoughts, insights, and discussions. Keep up the amazing work and I hope to meet you all next year at TAM. Be well, Blake Purnell Kirkland, WA More follow up: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b012x12m

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: A study of 9th-11th graders finds that, when asked how they would like to be contacted with health information, the majority chose either Facebook or texting over traditional methods. Item #2: New research finds that having the ending of a movie or book spoiled by knowing the plot, even for mysteries, increases rather than decreases enjoyment. Item #3: DNA analysis indicates that modern humans derive about 4% of their DNA from Neanderthals, including some gene variants associated with improved immune function.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'And when we die our empty bodies turn to dust/There'll be no pit of fire/No angels singing songs for us/There's nothing we can say that people won't forget some day/There's nothing we can do that matters/And that's okay' From The Future by The Limousines.

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 www.theskepticsguide.org. 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 info@theskepticsguide.org. 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.

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