SGU Episode 658

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SGU Episode 658
February 17th 2018
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SGU 657                      SGU 659

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
Quote of the Week

You look at science (or at least talk of it) as some sort of demoralising invention of man, something apart from real life, and which must be cautiously guarded and kept separate from everyday existence. But science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.

Rosalind Franklin, British chemist
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Introduction, Water ruins Tuesday recording[edit]

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

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Win Against Homeopathy (10:40)[edit]

Life Beneath the Ice (19:57)[edit]

Aside: Door-opening Robot (25:34)[edit]

New dog-like robot from Boston Dynamics can open doors

Illuminati (27:27)[edit]

Cancer-Fighting Nanorobots (39:20)[edit]

What's the Word? (49:03)[edit]

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Who's That Noisy? (1:02:14)[edit]


J:

New Noisy (1:06:52)[edit]

[hissing and crackling in the foreground; intermittent whooping-metal tone in the background]

J: It could be a lot of different things, Steve.


Science or Fiction (1:09:38)[edit]

Item #1: MIT engineers present a new neural network computer chip that is up to 7 times faster and uses 95% less energy than an equivalent conventional digital chip.[5]
Item #2: A new study finds that couples where either partner drinks one or more sugar-sweetened beverage per day have a decreased chance of getting pregnant.[6]
Item #3: An analysis of the last 25 years of data shows that safe-sleep recommendations have not decreased the rate of sudden infant death in the neonatal period.[7]

Answer Item
Fiction new neural network chip
Science sugary drinks & pregnancy
Science
safe sleep recs mystery
Host Result
Steve sweep
Rogue Guess
Evan
sugary drinks & pregnancy
Bob
safe sleep recs mystery
Cara
safe sleep recs mystery
Jay
safe sleep recs mystery

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

Evan's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

fecundability[v 2]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:27:57)[edit]

You look at science (or at least talk of it) as some sort of demoralising invention of man, something apart from real life, and which must be cautiously guarded and kept separate from everyday existence. But science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated.
Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958), British chemist and X-ray crystallographer

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]

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