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SGU Episode 609
March 11th 2017
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SGU 608 SGU 610
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria


Quote of the Week
I think scientists have a valid point when they bemoan the fact that it's socially acceptable in our culture to be utterly ignorant of math, whereas it is a shameful thing to be illiterate.
Jennifer Ouellette
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Introduction[edit]

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

Forgotten Superheroes of Science ()[edit]

  • Valentina Tereshkova: Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space and remains today, the only woman to do a solo space mission

News Items[edit]

The Science March ()[edit]

Giving Mars a Magnetic Field ()[edit]

New Study of Liberation Procedure ()[edit]

Supersolids ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Unicorn midi

Questions and Emails[edit]

Question #1: Saturn V vs Falcon Heavy ()[edit]

Hey rouges, love the show. In last weeks show you mentioned that the Falcon Heavy would be able to lift more than the Saturn V. Well actually (said in my most pretentious, condescending voice) the Saturn V has significantly more payload capacity than the Falcon Heavy. The Saturn V could lift 310,000 lbs to low earth orbit and 107,000 lbs to trans lunar insertion vs. the Falcon Heavy which will only be able to lift 120,000 lbs to low earth orbit and 35,000 lbs to trans lunar insertion. The Falcon Heavy's capacity is reduced even more if they recover any of the rocket stages because of the extra fuel required to land the rocket. Here (http://www.universetoday.com/129989/saturn-v-vs-falcon-heavy/) is a good article on Universe Today. The table at the bottom summarizes the differences. Keep up the good work! Noah Fehrenbacher

Name That Logical Fallacy ()[edit]

  • Moving the Goalpost vs No True Scotsman
The 'moving the goalpost' and 'no true Scotsman' logical fallacies seem very similar to me. Please explain the difference between these two logical fallacies. Thanks! Brandon Blahnik Rochester, Minnesota

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Researchers have uncovered evidence that Neanderthal Man was self-medicating with aspirin 50,000 years ago. Item #2: Scientists have been able to grow an entire mouse skull using stem cells and scaffolding. Item #3: Researchers report that they were able to grow potatoes in simulated Martian soil and atmosphere.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

"I think scientists have a valid point when they bemoan the fact that it's socially acceptable in our culture to be utterly ignorant of math, whereas it is a shameful thing to be illiterate." - Jennifer Ouellette

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