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SGU Episode 615
April 22nd 2017
SGU 614 SGU 616
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria

Quote of the Week
The world we live in is beautiful to look at, but it's even more beautiful to understand.
Brian Cox
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You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

What's the Word ()[edit]

  • Reovirus

News Items[edit]

Moisture Extinction ()[edit]

Life Without Oxygen ()[edit]

Mind Reading Hype ()[edit]

Alex Jones – Performance Artist ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Nomad

Questions and Emails[edit]

Question #1: Processed Foods ()[edit]

Hi there I wanted to verify something, if possible The article from WebMD here: States: A varied, healthy diet consisting of foods as unprocessed and true to their natural form as possible is as essential to your skin's health as it is to your overall health,' Marmur says. But based on the postings of this page, I was under the impression that this is the natural fallacy, that there's no chemical difference between natural foods and non-natural. So which is true? I'd really appreciate some help, thanks.

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: In a new study researchers find that neurons are able to form a network in the absence of synaptic activity. Item #2: Scientists have shown that homing pigeons are able to pass on knowledge to subsequent generations, the first non-primate species to demonstrate this ability. Item #3: Scientists find that even starting with a single female cockroach, they are able to reproduce asexually and indefinitely maintain a large population.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

"The world we live in is beautiful to look at, but it's even more beautiful to understand." - Brian Cox

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