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SGU Episode 468
June 28th 2014
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SGU 467 SGU 469
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life’s meaning. We long for a parent to care for us, to forgive us our errors, to save us from our childish mistakes. But knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable.If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.
Carl Sagan
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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]

News Items[edit]

Micro Architecture ()[edit]

Massive Underground Ocean ()[edit]

9/11 Debate ()[edit]

Whooping Cough Epidemic ()[edit]

Trophy Wife ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Arthur Conan Doyle

Questions and Emails[edit]

Question #1: Teleporting Information ()[edit]

Dear Rogues (particularly Bob), I have been waiting for the past two weeks for you to discuss this news item about teleporting information: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/30/science/scientists-report-finding-reliable-way-to-teleport-data.html?_r=0. I thought to myself, 'What does this really mean? How likely is it to turn into something interesting some time soon? Surely I can count on the rogues to enlighten me.' Alas, the item has not appeared on the SGU so far, and, in a fog of disillusionment, I decided to send it in (and presumably add to the 10,000 other e-mails you have no doubt received suggesting you cover it). Anyway, I hope to hear your thoughts on it soon.Cheers!John DunhamUnited States, Vermont

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Astronomers have detected the coolest white dwarf ever discovered, so cool that it is essentially an Earth-sized diamond. https://public.nrao.edu/news/pressreleases/cold-white-dwarf Item #2: New research suggests that after 3-4 repetitions of studying, further repetitions actually diminish memory recall. Item #3: Research funded by the US Naval Research Lab details a plan to reduce devastating tornadoes by building a series of giant walls throughout “tornado alley.”

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

'The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life’s meaning. We long for a parent to care for us, to forgive us our errors, to save us from our childish mistakes. But knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable.If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.'Carl Sagan

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