SGU Episode 662

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SGU Episode 662
March 17th 2018
662 Hawking.jpg

Professor Hawking died at the age of 76 after living with ALS for over 50 years.

SGU 661                      SGU 663

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

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up.

Stephen Hawking,
English theoretical physicist

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Introduction, Pi Day[edit]

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

In Memoriam: Stephen Hawking (0:52)[edit]

Forgotten Superheroes of Science (15:11)[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

The Brain's Predictive Coding (17:23)[edit]

Daylight Savings (32:42)[edit]

Fusion in 15 years? (42:58)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (59:45)[edit]

Answer to previous Noisy:
Falcon Heavy side booster landing burns, specifically the sonic booms of the retro rockets as they slow down, similar to this double landing


New Noisy (1:03:48)[edit]

[repetitive, rapid beeping, similar to morse code]

J: ... So if you think you know what the Noisy is this week or you have something awesome that you heard, email me at WTN@theskepticsguide.org.

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

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Correction #1: Duct tape (1:04:18)[edit]

Followup #1: Amelia Earhart's bones (1:06:46)[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:09:50)[edit]

Theme: Stephen Hawking

Item #1: Hawking did not learn to read until he was 8 and did poorly in school.[5]
Item #2: Hawking almost died in 1985 from pneumonia, but his wife would not let them take him off the ventilator, and instead he was given a tracheostomy.[6]
Item #3: Although he never won a Nobel prize, Hawking was knighted by the Queen in recognition for his contributions to science.[7]

Answer Item
Fiction Hawking was knighted
Science Saved by tracheostomy
Science
Late reader, poor student
Host Result
Steve swept
Rogue Guess
Jay
Hawking was knighted
Evan
Hawking was knighted
Cara
Hawking was knighted
Bob
Hawking was knighted

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

Jay's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:19:49)[edit]

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up.

– Professor Stephen Hawking (1942-2018), English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author


Signoff/Announcements (1:20:15)[edit]

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

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