SGU Episode 343

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SGU Episode 343
February 11th 2012
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SGU 342 SGU 344
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
'Feminism is best served by embracing reality, by thinking critically, and advancing rational arguments. This sloppy Newage shit - slurry of ingenuous gullibility is pure poison to the cause.'
PZ Myers, Pharyngula
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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]

  • Feb 11, 1938: BBC Television produces the world's first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., that coined the term 'robot'.

News Items ()[edit]

3D Printing ()[edit]

Morgellons Update ()[edit]

State Science Standards ()[edit]

Lake Vostok ()[edit]

Special Report ()[edit]

  • Jay reviews the history and an interesting story about Ouija boards

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: leggo harpsicord

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: New research finds that drinking so-called carbonized coffee daily is more effective at reducing cholesterol levels than available prescription medications. Item #2: A newly published statistical model of fingerprint analysis allows for the replacement of experience-based opinion, the current standard, with a rigorous assessment. Item #3: A new study finds that dogs are better than chimpanzees at following directions by finger pointing.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'Feminism is best served by embracing reality, by thinking critically, and advancing rational arguments. This sloppy Newage shit-slurry of ingenuous gullibility is pure poison to the cause.' - PZ Myers, Pharyngula

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