SGU Episode 652

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SGU Episode 652
January 6th 2018
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SGU 651 SGU 653
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
Human memory is a marvelous but fallacious instrument. The memories which lie within us are not carved in stone; not only do they tend to become erased as the years go by, but often they change, or even increase by incorporating extraneous features.
Primo Levi, Italian chemist
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Introduction, Jay's HFMD, Star Wars VIII[edit]

hand, foot, and mouth disease

Olivia

Voice-over: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

What's the Word? (3:15)[edit]

Results of Predictions for 2017[edit]

Sidney Friedman's (9:35)[edit]

Craig Hamilton Parker's (12:24)[edit]

The Psychic Twins' (13:58)[edit]

Lyndsay Edwards' (17:42)[edit]

Bob's Results (20:32)[edit]

Evan's Results (22:20)[edit]

Cara's Results (28:17)[edit]

Steve's Results (29:27)[edit]

_Rogue_references_predictions_from_last_year_

Rogues' Predictions for 2018[edit]

Steve's Predictions (30:22)[edit]

_Rogue_introduces_their_predictions_for_next_year_

Cara's Predictions (31:01)[edit]

Bob's Predictions (31:53)[edit]

Evan's Predictions (36:11)[edit]

S: ...how we do next year

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]

Protein Folding Breakthrough (37:15)[edit]

Nitrite-Free Bacon (49:40)[edit]

Courtney

Donkey Hide Snake Oil (56:57)[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:07:08)[edit]

Item #1: A new study finds that the double rate of Type II diabetes in African Americans compared to whites is entirely due to increased obesity.[4]
Item #2: Researchers find that using prenatal vitamins are associated with a higher risk of having a child diagnosed with autism.[5]
Item #3: Scientists have developed a technique for speed breeding, allowing for crops to grow up to 3 times faster, allowing for 6 crops of wheat per year, for example.[6]

Answer Item
Fiction prenatal vitamins & autism
Science speed breeding
Science
t2d rates in usa
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Cara
prenatal vitamins & autism
Evan
prenatal vitamins & autism
Bob
t2d rates in usa

Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Cara's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:20:24)[edit]

Human memory is a marvelous but fallacious instrument. The memories which lie within us are not carved in stone; not only do they tend to become erased as the years go by, but often they change, or even increase by incorporating extraneous features.
– Primo Levi (1919-1987), Italian chemist, partisan, writer, and Holocaust survivor

Signoff (1:21:37)[edit]

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Today I Learned[edit]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[7]
  • Fact/Description
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