SGU Episode 773

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SGU Episode 773
May 2nd 2020
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SGU 772                      SGU 774

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

Quote of the Week

Naturopaths want to be able to do everything an MD wants to do — but they also want to practice essentially witchcraft.

Britt Marie Hermes

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

COVID-19 Update ()[edit]

News Items[edit]






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

New Row of Periodic Table ()[edit]

Safest Coffee ()[edit]

Pentagon UFO Videos ()[edit]

Malaria Vaccine ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

New Noisy ()[edit]

[Baby animals making squeaking sounds]

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups ()[edit]

considering using block quotes for emails read aloud in this segment

Question #1: Research Obligations ()[edit]

Moral Obligation concerning scientific study during a pandemic Message: Hi SGU squad love the show and wanted to get your takes on Dr.Fauci stating in a pandemic it is the moral obligation of the researcher to notify the participants who are on the placebo of the positive effects of the actual drug based only on the non published and reviewed results of the study they are participating in Thanks! Stay healthy and keep up the great work Article below: NBC News: Remdesivir shows promising results for coronavirus, Fauci says[6] – Occam’s Chainsaw, TX

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction Giant swan
Science Fanged deer
Giant rhino
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Giant rhino
Giant rhino
Giant swan
Giant swan

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Theme: Extinct Mammals
Item #1: Hoplitomeryx matthei is an extinct deer (11-4.3 mya) that sported saber-like upper canine fangs, and five horns, including a central horn from its forehead.[7]
Item #2: The largest ever confirmed land mammal was a rhino relative, Paraceratherium, standing over five meters at the shoulder and weighing up to four times more than adult African elephants.[8]
Item #3: During the Pleistocene period of Malta there lived giant swans that were larger and heavier than the local dwarf elephants.[9]

Evan's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

Naturopaths want to be able to do everything an MD wants to do — but they also want to practice essentially witchcraft.
Britt Marie Hermes, former naturopathic doctor, now a critic of naturopathy and alternative medicine

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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