SGU Episode 647
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|SGU Episode 647|
|December 2nd 2017|
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|S: Steven Novella|
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
|Quote of the Week|
Buzz Aldrin, American astronaut
Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
Forgotten Superheroes of Science ()
- Hisako Koyama: Hisako Koyama (1916-1997) observed and drew sunspots for her entire career, offering an invaluable resource to solar astronomers
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
Speciation Event Observed ()
UK Water Companies Using Dowsing ()
NET Neutrality ()
Interstellar Visitor ()
Who's That Noisy? ()
New Noisy ()
(Answer from next episode)
Interview with Britt Hermes ()
Science or Fiction ()
|Fiction||Domesticated dumber than wild|
|Science||Dogs 2x smart as cats|
Carnivores not smarter than prey
Raccoon equal to primates
|Carnivores not smarter than prey|
|Dogs 2x smart as cats|
|Dogs 2x smart as cats|
’'Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Theme: How Smart Are Carnivores?
Item #1: Dogs have twice the neuronal density as cats.
Item #2: On average domesticated species have significantly lower neuronal density than their wild counterparts.
Item #3: Contrary to what the researchers expected to find, carnivorous species did not have greater neuronal density than prey species.
Item #4: The racoon was an outlier among the carnivores, with a neuronal density equal to that of primates.
Steve Explains Item #4
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #1
Steve Explains Item #3
Skeptical Quote of the Week ()
– American astronaut Buzz Aldrin's first words upon setting foot on the moon
S: —and until next week, this is your Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.
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Today I Learned
- Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference
- SyFy: Star Stuff: Meet Hisako Koyama, Japan's queen of sunspots
- Neurologica: Evolution Observed in Darwin’s Finches
- NPR: U.K. Water Companies Sometimes Use Dowsing Rods To Find Pipes
- Battle for the Net
- Popular Mechanics: The First Interstellar Asteroid Is Like Nothing Astronomers Have Ever Seen
- Quartz: The first pop song ever written by artificial intelligence is pretty good, actually
- Naturopathic Diaries
- Frontiers in Neuroanatomy: Dogs Have the Most Neurons, Though Not the Largest Brain: Trade-Off between Body Mass and Number of Neurons in the Cerebral Cortex of Large Carnivoran Species
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