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SGU Episode 333
December 3rd 2011
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Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men (and women) of flesh and blood.'
William Safire for Richard Nixon.
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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]

  • December 3, 1872: A translation from cuneiform tablets of the Chaldean account of the deluge was read by George Smith before the Society of Biblical Archaeology in London.

News Items ()[edit]

Detecting Digital Manipulation ()[edit]

Curiosity Heads to Mars ()[edit]

Creationist Bill Defeated in NH ()[edit]

Scorpios Need Not Apply ()[edit]

Jetpack Flies with Jets ()[edit]

Special Report ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Earth to Disc Project

Questions and Emails ()[edit]

Questions #1: Tomato Juice Color ()[edit]

Since I was a child my family has canned organic tomato juice made by putting organic tomatoes (I don't care what you say, organic has better flavor than chemically fertilized tomatoes) through a hand cranked juicer, adding only salt, pouring the juice into clear glass jars, and then canning them in a water bath or pressure cooker. I have a jar in my cupboard right now that was canned in 2009 and it is still bright red. Could you clarify the statement that tomato juice is actually brown and is colored red? My actual experience with it contradicts what was said on the podcast. Thanks, Alan Evil Louisville, KY http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-new-brain/201104/why-we-prefer-certain-colors http://blog.foodessentials.com/uncategorized/the-10-best-tomato-juices/

Interview with James Randi ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: A new study finds that endoscopic surgeons perform better when music is playing in the surgical suite. Item #2: New research finds that anti-atheist sentiment among believers is based largely on distrust, with atheists being considered among the most untrustworthy, comparable to rapists. Item #3: Psychological studies find that more creative people have an increased tendency to cheat.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men (and women) of flesh and blood.' - William Safire for Richard Nixon.

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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