SGU Episode 764

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SGU Episode 764
February 29th 2020
764 parasite.jpg

The first known animal that doesn't breathe

SGU 763                      SGU 765

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week

I think if you're spending more time denying evidence than looking for it, then you've probably left the path of intelligent skepticism.

Alan Dove, Ph.D., American science journalist, virologist

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Introduction, "February", Katherine Johnson[edit]

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

COVID-19 Update (3:19)[edit]

Your Number's Up (13:15)[edit]

  • The Speed of Light

News Items[edit]






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

How Planes Fly, part 1 (22:01)[edit]

Binaural Beats (34:13)[edit]

Non-Breathing Animal (48:03)[edit]

Rocketman Dies in Crash (53:42)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (1:04:00)[edit]

La La dog

New Noisy (1:06:40)[edit]

[rising and falling, pulsating repetition of a pipe-like tone]

J: All right. There it is.


Follow-up #1: Sea Hawk vs. Seahawks (1:08:15)[edit]

Follow-up #2: Feedback on the "show from the future" (1:10:08)[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:16:23)[edit]

Theme: Whales

Item #1: Researchers find that California Gray Whales are over four times more likely to strand themselves during solar storms.[5]
Item #2: A new study involving Sperm whales off the coast of New Zealand confirm that they are able to predict the onset of earthquakes better than any other animal tested.[6]
Item #3: A large sighting, the largest in decades, indicates a probable surge in the population of Antarctic Blue Whales.[7]

Answer Item
Fiction Predicting earthquakes
Science Antarctic population surge
Solar storms & self-stranding
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Solar storms & self-stranding
Solar storms & self-stranding
Solar storms & self-stranding
Predicting earthquakes

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Evan's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:31:17)[edit]

I think if you're spending more time denying evidence than looking for it, then you've probably left the path of intelligent skepticism.
– Alan Love, Ph.D., American science journalist and virologist on This Week in Virology


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[8]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description



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