SGU Episode 759

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SGU Episode 759
January 25th 2020
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SGU 758                      SGU 760

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein


GK: Garret Kruger

Quote of the Week

Extended training in nonsense doesn't make for better nonsense.

Mark Crislip, American infectious disease doctor

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Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

I Know Dino podcast

News Items[edit]






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

New Coronavirus ()[edit]

Proxima C ()[edit]

Wulong bohaiensis ()[edit]

Cancer Discovery ()[edit]

Marshmallow Test Revisited ()[edit]

Stress and Gray Hair ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_

New Noisy ()[edit]


Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction Gulf shark
Science Giant leaves
New grouper
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Giant leaves
Giant leaves
Giant leaves
Gulf shark
Gulf shark

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Theme: New Species discovered in 2019
Item #1: A deepwater shark discovered in the Gulf of Mexico, Mollisquama mississippiensis, has light-producing organs and is also the second largest shark known, second only to the whale shark.[7]
Item #2: A new plant with giant leaves over 8 feet long, Coccolobia gigantifolia, was finally described. Researchers had to wait 13 years to grow the plant from seeds until it produced flowers and fruit, allowing for a full description.[8]
Item #3: A new species of grouper, Epinephelus fuscomarginatus, was discovered in a fish market – the scientist had to purchase all the specimens to bring back to his lab.[9]

Garret's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

Extended training in nonsense doesn't make for better nonsense.
Mark Crislip, American infectious disease doctor

Signoff/Announcements ()[edit]

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

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

Today I Learned[edit]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[10]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description



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