SGU Episode 653

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SGU Episode 653
January 13th 2018
653 Astronaut John W. Young.jpg
Astronaut John W. Young
SGU 652 SGU 654
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week

Even when I have no power over important events in my life, I gain a feeling of control from understanding them. And I, too, have a sense of wonder. For me, discovering the workings of nature is a vibrant, satisfying experience that is both intellectual and emotional. To recognize the astronomical relationship between the Sun and the Earth, or to understand the optical phenomena that create its rosy light, does not strip the sunset of its beauty.

Stuart Vyse, American psychologist
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Introduction[edit]

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

Jay's Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (0:26)[edit]

Steve and Bob's VR fun (7:19)[edit]

"Good news, everyone!"

What's the Word? (23:23)[edit]


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News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Astronaut John Young Dies (28:48)[edit]

Space X Loses Satellite (37:16)[edit]

Raw Water (47:42)[edit]

Human WiFi (52:07)[edit]

Cancer Deaths Declining (59:25)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (1:09:40)[edit]

Answer to previous Noisy:
Tuba playing a very low note


New Noisy (1:23:23)[edit]

[_short_vague_description_of_Noisy]

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Science or Fiction (1:15:32)[edit]

Theme: Robots

Item #1: Engineers have unveiled a fully autonomous robotic weeder that can target and remove individual weeds with >99% accuracy.[6]
Item #2: Scientists successfully tested an implantable robot that can be used to stretch and lengthen organs such as the esophagus or intestines.[7]
Item #3: Scientists have developed a system of soft artificial muscle for robots that produces 6 times greater force per unit area than mammalian skeletal muscle.[8]

Answer Item
Fiction robotic weeder
Science organ stretcher
Science
soft artificial muscle
Host Result
Steve clever
Rogue Guess
Jay
organ stretcher
Evan
robotic weeder
Cara
soft artificial muscle
Bob
soft artificial muscle

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

Jay's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

GWB

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Announcements (1:38:02)[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:39:38)[edit]

Even when I have no power over important events in my life, I gain a feeling of control from understanding them. And I, too, have a sense of wonder. For me, discovering the workings of nature is a vibrant, satisfying experience that is both intellectual and emotional. To recognize the astronomical relationship between the Sun and the Earth, or to understand the optical phenomena that create its rosy light, does not strip the sunset of its beauty.

Professor Stuart Vyse, American psychologist, teacher, speaker and author, from Believing in Magic: The Psychology of Superstition

Signoff[edit]

S: —and until next week, this is your Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.

S: The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is produced by SGU Productions, dedicated to promoting science and critical thinking. For more information on this and other episodes, please visit our website at theskepticsguide.org, where you will find the show notes as well as links to our blogs, videos, online forum, and other content. You can send us feedback or questions to info@theskepticsguide.org. Also, please consider supporting the SGU by visiting the store page on our website, where you will find merchandise, premium content, and subscription information. Our listeners are what make SGU possible.

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Today I Learned[edit]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[9]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description

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Vocabulary[edit]

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