SGU Episode 665

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SGU Episode 665
April 7th 2018
Robo bees.jpg

Marsbees: a swarm of robot bees that could fly in the thin Martian atmosphere and deliver information from their sensors.

SGU 664                      SGU 666

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein

Guest

ML: Mark Lynas, British author

Quote of the Week

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.

Plato (The Republic)

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Show Notes
Forum Discussion

Introduction, Cara back from the Amazon[edit]

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

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clay licks


What's the Word (7:20)[edit]


News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Cell Phones and Cancer (13:43)[edit]


Robot Bees on Mars (27:08)[edit]


Largest Dinosaurs (35:16)[edit]


Who's That Noisy? (42:48)[edit]

New Noisy (45:55)[edit]

[Groaning animal cries and braying]

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Questions and Emails[edit]

Correction: Math Correction (48:30)[edit]

  • F of Y/F – 1 = Y/((1-.3)*Y) – 1 = 1/.7 – 1 = 42.9%.


Followup: Interstitium (49:31)[edit]


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Interview with Mark Lynas (58:11)[edit]

  • Mark Lynas, scientific environmentalist and eco-activist


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Science or Fiction (1:22:05)[edit]

Theme: Animals of the Amazon Item #1: The pirarucu is a large carnivorous fish that grows up to 3 meters long and has teeth on its tongue.[4]
Item #2: The Cyclosa spider is tiny, but it will build a large decoy spider replica in its web out of leaves, twigs, and dead insects. [6]
Item #3: Pink river dolphins get their pink color from the shrimp that is their primary food.[7]

† ↳ NatGeo video[5]

Answer Item
Fiction Pink river dolphins
Science Fish with tongue teeth
Science
Large decoy spider replica
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Jay
Large decoy spider replica
Bob
Large decoy spider replica
Evan
Large decoy spider replica
Cara
Pink river dolphins

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


Jay's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:34:13)[edit]

Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.

 – Plato, from The Republic (~428-347 BC), ancient Greek philosopher 


Announcements[edit]

Book Progress (1:34:42)[edit]

NECSS 2018 (1:38:39)[edit]

S: Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is produced by SGU Productions, dedicated to promoting science and critical thinking. For more information, visit us at theskepticsguide.org. Send your questions to info@theskepticsguide.org. And, if you would like to support the show and all the work that we do, go to patreon.com/SkepticsGuide and consider becoming a patron and becoming part of the SGU community. Our listeners and supporters are what make SGU possible.

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Today I Learned[edit]

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

References[edit]

Vocabulary[edit]

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