SGU Episode 668

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SGU Episode 668
April 28th 2018
668 organic solar cells.jpg

Organic solar cells incorporate carbon into their construction, with several advantages over conventional "inorganic" cells. [1]

SGU 667                      SGU 669

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein


TF: Tobias Füchslin,

research manager at Media Pulse

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

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Show Notes
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Introduction, sicknesses, SGU's sound editing[edit]

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)[edit]

Wētā Workshop, sword making, metallurgy[edit]


News Items[edit]






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

Are Echochambers a Myth? (23:33)[edit]

Organic Solar Cells (42:37)[edit]

Self-Cleaning Coating (51:52)[edit]

S: ..."Nearly-Headless Nick"...

Who's That Noisy? (58:50)[edit]

Answer to previous Noisy:
TI-30 calculator computations' radio transmissions heard over AM radio

New Noisy (1:02:18)[edit]

[creaking and winding noises]

what this noisy is


Interview with Tobias Füchslin (1:02:51)[edit]


Science or Fiction (1:16:51)[edit]

Item #1: A new study finds that untrained 8-12 year old children have the muscular endurance of elite marathon or triatholon athletes.[4]
Item #2: Researchers find that reading an op-ed was more likely to reinforce existing beliefs than to change the reader’s mind.[5]
Item #3: Scientists have demonstrated quantum entanglement in the largest experimental setup to date, 15 micrometers wide, the thickness of a fine human hair.[6]

Answer Item
Fiction Op-eds reinforce beliefs
Science Children's elite endurance
Quantum entanglement 15μm
Host Result
Steve clever
Rogue Guess
Quantum entanglement 15μm
Op-eds reinforce beliefs
Quantum entanglement 15μm
Children's elite endurance

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 (1:41:39)[edit]

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[edit]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[7]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description



  1. Wiktionary: bend (to apply to a task or purpose)
  2. Wiktionary: annealing
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