SGU Episode 603

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SGU Episode 603
January 28th 2017
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SGU 602 SGU 604
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria


Quote of the Week
...the Constitution of India, Section 51A ... states "It shall be the duty of every citizen of India ... to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform." Our aim at the Indian Rationalist Association is to encourage and support people to fulfill this very duty.
Sanal Edamaruku
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Introduction[edit]

You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

Movie Review (0:26)[edit]

News Items[edit]

Restricting Science Communication (26:04)[edit]

Fish Scales (37:34)[edit]

Another Bogus Acupuncture Study (41:41)[edit]

Video Games and Violence (52:02)[edit]

Who's That Noisy (1:00:33)[edit]

  • Answer from last week: Whale

What's The Word (1:04:23)[edit]

  • Atom

Science or Fiction (1:09:33)[edit]

Item #1: The Great Auk was a large flightless sea bird resembling a penguin but living in the North Atlantic. It was driven to extinction by over-hunting in 1844. Item #2: The Swift Fox was driven to extinction in the 1930s as part of a deliberate program of predator control in the United States. Item #3: The Golden Toad was a common species in Costa Rica, but its population steadily declined with the last sighting in 1989. This was the first species extinction blamed on global warming, but later evidence has cast doubt on that conclusion. Item #4: The Zanzibar Leopard once inhabited the Zanzibar archipelago in Tanzania, but was deliberated hunted to extinction because they were thought to be the servants of witches.

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:28:22)[edit]

'...the Constitution of India, Section 51A ... states "It shall be the duty of every citizen of India ... to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform." Our aim at the Indian Rationalist Association is to encourage and support people to fulfill this very duty.' Sanal Edamaruku

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