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SGU Episode 435
November 16th 2013
SGU 434 SGU 436
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
H. L. Mencken
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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

This Day in Skepticism ()[edit]

  • November 16, 1938: LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland.

News Items[edit]

Oldest Animal ()[edit]

Junk DNA ()[edit]

Martian Lizard ()[edit]

Dark Energy ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week - porcupine

Questions and Emails[edit]

Question #1: Knee Ligament Follow Up ()[edit]

Interview with Gerald Posner ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: New World porcupines, like New World monkeys, have prehensile tails they use to climb trees. Item #2: While porcupines cannot shoot their quills, some species can throw them a short distance by whipping their tails. Item #3: A recent study documented porcupines killings dogs, foxes, and even badgers with their quills. Item #4: Porcupine quills are coated in a natural antibiotic.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.' H. L Mencken

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