SGU Episode 656

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SGU Episode 656
February 3rd 2018
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Hand-held nanopore device can sequence an individual's genome
SGU 655 SGU 657
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week

No idea should be suppressed. And it applies to ideas that look like nonsense. We must not forget that some of the best ideas seemed like nonsense at first. The truth will prevail in the end. Nonsense will fall of its own weight, by an intellectual law of gravitation. If we bat it about, we shall only keep an error in the air a little longer. And a new truth will go into orbit.

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, British-American astronomer and astrophysicist
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Introduction, Hawaii trip: wedding, bananas, and woo[edit]

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

News Items[edit]

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B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Portable DNA Sequencing (16:15)[edit]

Alternative Treatment for Bears (22:13)[edit]

Acoustic Tractor Beam (26:23)[edit]

Super Blue Blood Moon (32:50)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (38:13)[edit]

Answer to previous Noisy:
slowed-down audio of a kookaburra


New Noisy (40:25)[edit]

[old-sounding recording hinting at "Alouette" song]

... what the Noisy is for this week ...

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (41:12)[edit]

Email #1: Driverless Cars ()[edit]

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Interview with Brian Dunning and Emery Emery (52:15)[edit]

Brian's conviction[edit]

Brian's redemption[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:21:55)[edit]

Theme: Hawaii

Item #1: A traditional Hawaiian diet consisted mostly of poi, resulting in a ratio of 12 percent protein, 18 percent fat and 70 percent carbohydrates.[5]
Item #2: The Hawaiian alphabet includes only 13 letters, one of which is the ‘ or okina.[6]
Item #3: Hawaii is home to over a dozen venomous snakes, second only to Australia in terms of deadliest vipers.[7]

Answer Item
Fiction a dozen venomous snakes
Science 13-letter alphabet
Science
traditional diet of poi
Host Result
Steve swept
Rogue Guess
Jay
a dozen venomous snakes
Bob
a dozen venomous snakes
Evan
a dozen venomous snakes

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

Jay's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

"Pass the poi."

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:37:15)[edit]

No idea should be suppressed. … And it applies to ideas that look like nonsense. We must not forget that some of the best ideas seemed like nonsense at first. The truth will prevail in the end. Nonsense will fall of its own weight, by a sort of intellectual law of gravitation. If we bat it about, we shall only keep an error in the air a little longer. And a new truth will go into orbit.
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900-1979), British-American astronomer and astrophysicist

Signoff/Announcements (1:41:43)[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[8]
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