SGU Episode 660

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SGU Episode 660
March 3rd 2018
660 moa.jpg

Scientists have assembled the first nearly complete genome of the little bush moa, a flightless bird that went extinct soon after Polynesians settled New Zealand in the late 13th century.

SGU 659                      SGU 661

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

Where misunderstanding dwells, misuse will not be far behind. No theory in the history of science has been more misused and abused by cranks and charlatans—and misunderstood by people struggling in good faith with difficult ideas—than quantum mechanics.

Sean Carroll, American theoretical physicist
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Introduction, Patreon, SGU community, TV show pilot[edit]

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

NECSS 2018 (11:09)[edit]

Forgotten Superheroes of Science (12:04)[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Low-Fat vs Low-Carb (14:14)[edit]

Moa Genome (39:00)[edit]

Superatomic Semiconductor (45:23)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (50:27)[edit]

Answer to previous Noisy:
Drumfish using swim bladder "croaking mechanism"

... reel-to-reel

New Noisy (53:43)[edit]

[cracking/slashing possibly in a large space]

J: Guys, if you think you know what this week's Noisy is, or if you 've heard anything cool this week, email me at WTN@theskepticsguide.org.

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups[edit]

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Email #1: Meatleg Lives! (54:29)[edit]

Question #1: Conspiracy Theorists (58:18)[edit]

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Science or Fiction (1:03:56)[edit]

Item #1: According to a study by the CDC, the most common cause of animal-related deaths are due to deadly encounters with farm animals.[4]
Item #2: Researchers have produced the first commercial perovskite solar cell with efficiencies equal to silicon based solar cells but only 1% of the thickness.[5]
Item #3: Scientists report a new method for creating graphene on the surface of a variety of organic materials, including food items, allowing for the creation of edible electronics.[6]

Answer Item
Fiction ultra thin perovskite
Science edible electronics
Science
deadly farm animals
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Jay
deadly farm animals
Bob
ultra thin perovskite
Evan
ultra thin perovskite

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

Jay's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:21:10)[edit]

Where misunderstanding dwells, misuse will not be far behind. No theory in the history of science has been more misused and abused by cranks and charlatans—and misunderstood by people struggling in good faith with difficult ideas—than quantum mechanics.
Sean Carroll, American theoretical physicist

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[7]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description

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