SGU Episode 639

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SGU Episode 639
October 7th 2017
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SGU 638                      SGU 640

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week

Scientific literacy is an intellectual vaccine against the claims of charlatans who would exploit ignorance.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

Forgotten Superheroes of Science ()[edit]

  • Martin Jim Aitken: Martin Jim Aitken 1922 to June 2017, was a founding father of Archaeometry

News Items[edit]

Nobel Prizes ()[edit]

Nobel in Medicine ()[edit]

Nobel in Chemistry ()[edit]

Nobel in Physics ()[edit]

Rocket Travel ()[edit]

Pamela Gay ()[edit]


Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Item #1: New observations of the star KIC 8462852 show that in addition to dimming it also undergoes periods of brightening, a fact that disproves most current hypotheses about what is causing the changes to the star’s brightness. Item #2: Scientists have developed a new nanomaterial that can directly convert seawater into electricity, essentially using the ocean as a giant battery. Item #3: Researchers find in an international study that people distrust those of different political ideology more than of different race or religion.

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

“Scientific literacy is an intellectual vaccine against the claims of charlatans who would exploit ignorance.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

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