SGU Episode 483

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SGU Episode 483
11th Oct 2014
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SGU 482 SGU 484
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
R: Rebecca Watson
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
Guest
AW: Andy Wilson
Quote of the Week
The journalistic tradition so exalts novelty and flashy discovery, as reputable and newsworthy, that standard accounts for the public not only miss the usual activity of science but also, and more unfortunately, convey a false impression about what drives research.
Stephen J. Gould
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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]

Meriwether Lewis (August 18, 1774 – October 11, 1809)

News Items[edit]

Nobel Prizes 2014 ()[edit]

Rupert Sheldrake ()[edit]

http://bellarmine.lmu.edu/yoga/doshi/

Pumpkin Spice Latte ()[edit]

http://groundedparents.com/2014/10/01/food-babe-moms-across-america-stop-drinking-starbucks/ http://www.marketwatch.com/story/froth-over-organic-milk-at-starbucks-2014-10-05?siteid=rss&rss=1

Psychic Sally Morgan ()[edit]

http://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2014/oct/07/campaign-psychic-sally-morgan

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

Answer to last week: Deck of cards

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Astronomers have discovered a pulsar that is 100 times brighter than theories predict a pulsar can be. http://www.caltech.edu/content/nustar-discovers-impossibly-bright-dead-star Item #2: Scientists have dated cave art in Indonesia to 40,000 years ago, older than any known art in Europe where it was previously thought to first develop. http://www.nature.com/news/world-s-oldest-art-found-in-indonesian-cave-1.16100 Item #3: Anatomists have, for the first time, positively identified the structures responsible for vaginal orgasm in women. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/enhanced/doi/10.1002/ca.22471/

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

The journalistic tradition so exalts novelty and flashy discovery, as reputable and newsworthy, that standard accounts for the public not only miss the usual activity of science but also, and more unfortunately, convey a false impression about what drives research.

Stephen J. Gould

Announcements ()[edit]

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