SGU Episode 668
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|SGU Episode 668|
|April 28th 2018|
Organic solar cells incorporate carbon into their construction, with several advantages over conventional "inorganic" cells. 
|S: Steven Novella|
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
|Quote of the Week|
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false idea that democracy means "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."
Isaac Asimov, American writer
Introduction, sicknesses, SGU's sound editing
Voice-over: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
J: ...bent[v 1]
What's the Word? (11:38)
Wētā Workshop, sword making, metallurgy
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
Are Echochambers a Myth? (23:33)
Organic Solar Cells (42:37)
Self-Cleaning Coating (51:52)
S: ..."Nearly-Headless Nick"...
Who's That Noisy? (58:50)
New Noisy (1:02:18)
[creaking and winding noises]
Interview with Tobias Füchslin (1:02:51)
- Tobias Füchslin, Research Manager Online at Media Pulse (in Switzerland)
- "Probability and conspiratorial thinking", by Marko Kovic and Tobias Füchslin
Science or Fiction (1:16:51)
Item #1: A new study finds that untrained 8-12 year old children have the muscular endurance of elite marathon or triatholon athletes.
Item #2: Researchers find that reading an op-ed was more likely to reinforce existing beliefs than to change the reader’s mind.
Item #3: Scientists have demonstrated quantum entanglement in the largest experimental setup to date, 15 micrometers wide, the thickness of a fine human hair.
|Fiction||Op-eds reinforce beliefs|
|Science||Children's elite endurance|
Quantum entanglement 15μm
|Quantum entanglement 15μm|
|Op-eds reinforce beliefs|
|Quantum entanglement 15μm|
|Children's elite endurance|
Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Steve Explains Item #1
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #3
Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:41:39)
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."
– Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), American writer and professor of biochemistry
S: —and until next week, this is your Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.
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Today I Learned
- Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference
- University of Michigan: Organic solar cells reach record efficiency, benchmark for commercialization
- BBC Future: The myth of the online echo chamber
- The Verge: How science made a self-cleaning coating that repels all liquid
- Frontiers: Metabolic and Fatigue Profiles are Comparable Between Prepubertal Children and Well-Trained Adult Endurance Athletes
- YaleNews: Study shows newspaper op-eds change minds
- ScienceDaily: Einstein's 'spooky action' goes massive
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