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SGU Episode 556
March 5th 2016
SGU 555 SGU 557
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
G: George Hrab
Quote of the Week
Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.
Rosalind Franklin
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Show Notes
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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

Flight Simulator (0:38)[edit]

George's Upcoming Show (8:58)[edit]

  • NECSS is also discussed

Forgotten Superheroes of Science (14:44)[edit]

  • Norman Borlaug: Norman Borlaug was a plant geneticist who began the Green Revolution and is credited with saving a billion lives

News Items[edit]

Uploading Memories (22:24)[edit]

A Year in Space (35:06)[edit]

Fast Radio Bursts (43:24)[edit]

Imaging Alzheimer’s Disease (50:06)[edit]

Galaxy Symmetry (55:19)[edit]

Who's That Noisy (1:01:55)[edit]

  • Answer to last week: David Avocado Wolfe

Science or Fiction (1:04:54)[edit]

Item #1: A 2015 review of lifecycle assessments of electric vehicles shows that overall they reduce green house gas emissions compared to gasoline vehicles. Item #2: A recent analysis finds that adoption of LED lights has led to a backfire effect in which total energy expenditure increases due to increased use of lighting. Item #3: A 2010 USDA report concludes that corn ethanol produces 2.3 BTUs of energy for every 1 BTU of energy used in production.

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:27:06)[edit]

S: Evan, take us home with a quote.

E: Here we go:

"Science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated."

GH: Hear, hear!

E: In just, more than a handful of words, really put a nice, succinct point on to it. Rosalind Franklin! Yes, one of our – yeah!

B: Yeah, baby! DNA! DNA!

GH: Rosalind Avocado ...

E: Right, not so forgotten Superhero of Science here on the Skeptic's Guide. English chemist, X-ray

GH: Yay!

E: crystallographer, made contributions to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite.

B: And totally got ripped off!

E: Yeah, got ripped off, yep. But,

S: Yeah

E: But, when you are asked, “Who's a female scientist that you know?” You don't have to just say Marie Curie.

S: You can say Rosalind Franklin.

E: Franklin.

B: Yes.

S: Awesome. All right, thanks Evan. George, always a pleasure to have you on the show, man.

GH: Thanks for having me on, guys. It's always fun.

E: See you soon, George!

B: Usually it is.

GH: Yeah.

S: Yeah, well, we'll see you at NECSS – I hope we're gonna see you before NECSS. We have

GH: Hope so.

S: gotta work on the Extravaganza, to make it even more awesome.

GH: Oh yeah, we should probably talk about that, right?

E: Oh, it's not an improv thing? Ooh, okay.

S: We'll wing it.

GH: It's gonna be great.

S: Thank you all for joining me this week.

E: Thank you, Doctor.

B: Sure, Steve!

GH: Thank you.

S: And until next week, this is your Skeptic's Guide to the Universe.

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