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SGU Episode 654
January 20th 2018
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The Black Death in Medieval Europe
SGU 653 SGU 655
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week

Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that’s precise, predictive and reliable – a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional.

Brian Greene, American theoretical physicist
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Introduction, Mudslides & Amtrak, Jay's VR fun[edit]

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

Forgotten Superheroes of Science (8:40)[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Black Death (11:09)[edit]

Britt Hermes Lawsuit (22:58)[edit]

Fake News Follow Up (32:34)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (43:23)[edit]

Answer to previous Noisy:
Garbage can rolling over packed snow


New Noisy (48:32)[edit]

[guttural, throaty animal grunts]

J: what it is or you heard something...

Interview with Richard Wiseman (49:11)[edit]


_text_about_skip this abridged version

Science or Fiction (1:13:55)[edit]

Item #1: A new paper presents preliminary evidence using fungal spores in concrete mix to make the concrete self-healing – the spores will become activated by cracks and secret calcium to fill them.[4]
Item #2: A recent comprehensive study finds that the phases of the moon are statistically significantly associated with the risk of a magnitude 3 or greater earthquake.[5]
Item #3: Engineers present the first atom-thick memory storage chip they are dubbing an "atomristor."[6]

Answer Item
Fiction moon phases & earthquakes
Science self-healing concrete
Science
atom-thick storage chip
Host Result
Steve swept
Rogue Guess
Cara
moon phases & earthquakes
Bob
moon phases & earthquakes
Jay
moon phases & earthquakes
Evan
moon phases & earthquakes

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

Cara's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:26:17)[edit]

Science is a way of life. Science is a perspective. Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that’s precise, predictive and reliable – a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional.

Brian Greene, American theoretical physicist, mathematician, and string theorist

Signoff/Announcements (1:28:00)[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[7]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description

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