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SGU Episode 440
December 21st 2013
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SGU 439 SGU 441
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
It's hard to light a candle, easy to curse the dark instead
A verse from the song Last Ride Of The Day by Nightwish, lyrics by Tuomas Holopainen. Inspired by a quote from Benjamin Franklin
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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]

  • Dec 21, 1872: The HMS Challenger leaves England on the first official organized scientific expedition on record, to study the sea floor.

News Items[edit]

Geysers on Europa ()[edit]

Regulation of Genetic Code ()[edit]

Jade Rabbit ()[edit]

Aspartame Safe ()[edit]

Cell Phones on Planes ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: PK Dick

Questions and Emails ()[edit]

Question #1: Reverse Speech ()[edit]

I stumbled across this web site long ago. In a recent discussion over on Doubtful News I brought up this site as an excellent example of Audio Paradolia. Then I went back and took a closer look because the website appears to have changed significantly since I last looked. Now he is selling reverse speech as a service that has reportedly “Warned another CEO of a possible hacker or other criminal presence in a high level of his company… in the words of his own hidden voice channel, “an arch felon.”” This quote scared the crap out of me, as it implies someone may have lost their job due to paradolia. I feel sick reading this, thought you guys might like a look.http://reversespeech.com/http://reversespeech.com/applications/http://reversespeech.com/reversal-category/general-reversals/ThanksBrian Sheely

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: NEC Corporation announced it had achieved a wireless transmission record of 1.05 Petabits per second. Item #2: Astronomers announced early in 2013 that they discovered seven exocomets. Item #3: Japanese scientists created a transparent zebrafish whose brain glows when active, so you can see its thoughts.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

”It`s hard to light a candle, easy to curse the dark instead”- A verse from the song Last Ride Of The Day by Nightwish, lyrics by Tuomas Holopainen. Inspired by a quote from Benjamin Franklin

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