SGU Episode 545
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|SGU Episode 545|
|December 19th 2015|
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|S: Steven Novella|
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
PP: Phil Plait
|Quote of the Week|
Science should always be impartial in its application and it is vital for administrators to affirm they believe in the scientific process and in transparency and accountability
Kirsty Duncan, science minister of Canada
- Phil Plait's recent life
- Education from YouTube
You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
Forgotten Superheroes of Science (3:57)
- James West: Professor and Inventor who developed electret transducer technology used in 90% of contemporary microphones
Special Report (6:35)
- Astronomy News, with Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer
Evil Robots (22:26)
Hunting for Planet X (34:26)
(Fundraising appeal at 47:45)
Antidepressants and Autism (48:44)
More Problems for Supplements (56:22)
Who's That Noisy (1:01:07)
- Answer to last week: Cordon Bleu bird
Questions and Emails
Solar Energy (1:04:20)
Solar panels suck up all the sun's energy, cause cancer, etc This one seems too ridiculous to be a true story, but since it is in North Carolina, you never know. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-town-rejects-solar-panels-amid-fears-they-suck-up-all-the-energy-from-the-sun-a6771526.html Maurice FitzGerald Geneva, Switzerland
Science or Fiction (1:08:05)
Item #1: In May scientists announced that they had discovered the first fish to be entirely endothermic, or warm-blooded. Item #2: A paper published in July provides evidence for early cultivation of plants, 11 thousand years before the accepted beginning of agriculture 12 thousand years ago. Item #3: Scientists have developed a mesh that can separate bacteria from any fluid, including blood, which can be used to treat infections.
Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:20:22)
'Science should always be impartial in its application and it is vital for administrators to affirm they believe in the scientific process and in transparency and accountability' -Kirsty Duncan, science minister of Canada
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