SGU Episode 766

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SGU Episode 766
March 14th 2020
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SGU 765 SGU 767
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella


Quote of the Week
It's not important what famous people say. We have to speak about things in the right manner. Not people with no knowledge, like me, talking about something like politics or Coronavirus. My opinion really is not important.
Jürgen Klopp, team manager of Liverpool F.C.
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Introduction[edit]

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


What’s the Word? ()[edit]

consider using block quotes for emails and definitions read aloud in this segment

COVID-19 Update ()[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Shorter Day in the Past ()[edit]

Handwashing ()[edit]

TCM for Coronavirus ()[edit]

How Planes Fly, part 2 ()[edit]

  • Part 1:

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_

New Noisy ()[edit]

[_short_vague_description_of_Noisy]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction new pulsar
Fiction red giant dimming
Science raining iron
Host Result
Steve swept
Rogue Guess
Jay new pulsar
Evan new pulsar
Cara red giant dimming
Bob new pulsar
'

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Theme: Astronomy
Item #1: Astronomers have discovered a new type of pulsar that only pulsates on one side.[4][5][note 1]
Item #2: The red giant, Betelgeuse, continues an unprecedented dimming, which recent observations suggest is due to a decrease in intrinsic brightness.[6]
Item #3: Using the ESO Telescope, astronomers have detected an exoplanet where it rains iron.[7]

Jay's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

It's not important what famous people say. We have to speak about things in the right manner. Not people with no knowledge, like me, talking about something like politics or Coronavirus. My opinion really is not important.
Jürgen Klopp, team manager of Liverpool F.C.

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 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.

Today I Learned[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  1. A pulsar is not really a star, and Steve erred in using the term "pulsar" instead of "pulsating star", as the article uses. From the second article for Item #1: "Pulsars aren't really stars — or at least they aren't "living" stars. Pulsars belong to a family of objects called neutron stars that form when a star more massive than the sun runs out of fuel in its core and collapses in on itself."

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Vocabulary[edit]

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