SGU Episode 657

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SGU Episode 657
February 10th 2018
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SGU 656                      SGU 658

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week

I've learned that most problems aren't rocket science, but when they are rocket science, you should ask a rocket scientist.

Astronaut Scott Kelly

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Show Notes
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Introduction, Cara's Return, International Travel[edit]

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

What's the Word? (3:35)[edit]


News Items[edit]






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

Falcon Heavy Launch (11:02)[edit]

Egyptian Dinosaurs (25:52)[edit]

Extragalactic Planets (33:41)[edit]

Vulnerability to Fake News (42:57)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (55:45)[edit]

New Noisy (57:51)[edit]

[discordant piano version of Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive"]

J: ... So, if you think you know what the answer to this week's Noisy is or if you heard anything cool this week, email at


Follow-up #1: VR and fat-shaming (59:30)[edit]

Question #1: GMOs and Glyphosate (1:04:31)[edit]

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Science or Fiction (1:15:25)[edit]

Item #1: Scientists report a process for treating wood that makes it as strong as steel but six times lighter, and also tough and ballistic resistant.[5]
Item #2: A new study finds that knowledge of evolutionary science partly predicts acceptance of evolutionary theory vs creationism.[6]
Item #3: Medical researchers report that they have effectively cured a case of Duchenne muscular dystrophy with CRISPR-Cas9 gene therapy.[7]

Answer Item
Fiction Crispr gene therapy cure
Science Wood strong as steel
Knowledge predicts acceptance
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Wood strong as steel
Crispr gene therapy cure
Crispr gene therapy cure
Crispr gene therapy cure

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

Cara's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:32:05)[edit]

I've learned that most problems aren't rocket science, but when they are rocket science, you should ask a rocket scientist.
Scott Kelly, American engineer, retired astronaut, and naval aviator


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

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Today I Learned[edit]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[8]
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