SGU Episode 622

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SGU Episode 622
June 10th 2017
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SGU 621 SGU 623
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria


Quote of the Week
Innumeracy and pseudoscience are often associated, in part because of the ease with which mathematical certainty can be invoked, to bludgeon the innumerate into a dumb acquiescence.
John Allen Paulos
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Introduction[edit]

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

Movie Review ()[edit]

News Items[edit]

Dinosaur Proteins Questioned ()[edit]

Another Gravitational Wave ()[edit]

Bigelow on Aliens ()[edit]

Don’t Put Wasps Nests in your Vagina ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week: Piano strings

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: Plants use three different types of photosynthesis: C3, C4, and CAM (crassulacean acid metabolism), but almost all trees use the less efficient C3 cycle. Item #2: A 206 acre stand of aspen trees in Utah is actually a single organism weighing 6 million kilograms and estimated to be 80,000 years old. Item #3: The Dragon’s Blood tree has deep red sap that has been used for centuries as a medicinal and a varnish, and contains a powerful hallucinogen similar in chemistry and effect to LSD.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

"Innumeracy and pseudoscience are often associated, in part because of the ease with which mathematical certainty can be invoked, to bludgeon the innumerate into a dumb acquiescence." - John Allen Paulos

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