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SGU Episode 394
2nd Feb 2013
SGU 393 SGU 395
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
JR: John Rennie
Quote of the Week
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Albert Einstein
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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

This Day in Skepticism (0:38)[edit]

February 2: Groundhog Day

News Items[edit]

Up-Goer Five (3:58)[edit]

Up-Goer Five and Science Communication

China Smog (12:27)[edit]

China crisis: Beijing engulfed by smog TWENTY times above safe levels

Vaccine Court (19:51)[edit]

Vaccine Court Awards Millions to Two Children With Autism

Deer Antler Spray (27:06)[edit]

Did Ray Lewis use banned deer-antler spray to return from triceps injury?

Who's That Noisy? (34:27)[edit]

Last Week's Puzzle: "I have two children. One is a boy born on a Tuesday. What is the probability I have two boys?"

Questions and Emails[edit]

Perpetual Motion (39:09)[edit]

Hi guy's, Love the show, Praise, praise, praise... ect... I'll include a link at the bottom of a video of some perpetual motion machine's. Now I KNOW they cannot work but there's a few that almost seem plausible. The first is the self flowing flask, also the ball bearing wheel, the over balance wheel and the over balance wheel with the pivoting arms. Am I being tricked or are these actually possible. I'm in mind that im being tricked but I can't see why. Love the show, please keep doing what you do. John Leeson Manchester, UK

Correction: Ancient River on Mars 45:29[edit]

Interview with John Rennie (46:20)[edit]

Science or Fiction (59:05)[edit]

Item #1: A new study concludes that domestic cats are the number one threat to US wildlife, killing between 8 and 24 billion animals annually. Item #2: Scientists have demonstrated the efficacy of intense blue light in treating bacterial sepsis in mice. Item #3: Scientists have created the first three dimensional microchip.

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:14:35)[edit]

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein


Girl Scout Cookies (15:22)[edit]

Donate Girl Scout Cookies to the Troops

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"Encephalopathy" (1:17:16)[edit]


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