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SGU Episode 325
October 8th 2011
SGU 324 SGU 326
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week
“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”
Galileo Galilei
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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

This Day in Skepticism ()[edit]

  • October 8th, 1604,: The supernova now called 'Kepler's nova' was first sighted in the constellation Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer. Johannes Kepler observed it from the time of its appearance as an apparently new star. It encouraged him to write The New Star in 1606.

News Items ()[edit]

Steve Jobs Dies ()[edit]

Nobel Physics: Accelerating Universe ()[edit]

Nobel Medicine: Immune System ()[edit]

Nobel Chemistry: Quasicrystals ()[edit]

IgNobels 2011 ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week:

Questions and Emails ()[edit]

Best Foreign Podcast Sweden ()[edit]

Congratulations you have been named Best Foreign podcast in Sweden Best Foreign podcast 1. The Skeptics Guide – 470 votes 2. This Week in Tech – 97 votes 3. Tiesto Club Life – 79 votes 4. NY Times Music Popcast – 58 votes 5. RebelFM – 41 votestes 6. The B&B Podcast – 18 votes 7. Starbase 66 – 1“ 17 votes 8. TuxRadar – 11 votes Congratulations and thank you for letting us listen to your pod cast. Henric Ã¥kesson Sweden

Name That Logical Fallacy ()[edit]

  • Ad Hominems from Dana Ullman

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: A study of basketball free throws, using the largest data set to date, supports the 'hot hands' phenomenon as real rather than illusory. Item #2: A review of research indicates that physically washing one's hands can reduce guilt and doubt through the power of metaphor. Item #3: Researchers demonstrate that alleged triple rainbows are optically impossible, and unsubstantiated reports are likely misperceptions.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” - Galileo Galilei

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