SGU Episode 478

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SGU Episode 478
September 6th 2014
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SGU 477 SGU 479
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
I don’t know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then in finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
Sir Isaac Newton's last words
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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]

  • September 6, 1891: First Heart Surgery

News Items[edit]

Neanderthal Shot by a Time Traveler ()[edit]

Barreleye Fish ()[edit]

Eating Insects ()[edit]

Victor John Stenger (January 29, 1935 – August 27, 2014) ()[edit]

  • Victor John Stenger (January 29, 1935 – August 27, 2014)

The Local Bubble ()[edit]

UN Warns of Killer Robots ()[edit]

Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize ()[edit]

Special Report ()[edit]

  • Rogues report from an ESP panel at DragonCon

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: The record for most time spent in space is held by cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev who has spent 2.2 years in space. Item #2: In 1962, astronaut John Young, as pilot of Gemini 3, smuggled his pet hamster onto the spacecraft. The pet became loose and when NASA was informed they ordered Young to evacuate the capsule before the hamster could cause any damage. Item #3: The Vostok 1 carrying Yuri Gagarin on the first manned space flight was not designed to land with an occupant, so Gagarin had to eject at 4 miles up.

Live Q&A ()[edit]

Question #1 ()[edit]

The Role of Imagination in Science

Question #2 ()[edit]

Teaching Scientific Methodology

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:14:52)[edit]

Sir Isaac Newton's last words – “I don’t know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then in finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

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