SGU Episode 774

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SGU Episode 774
May 9th 2020
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SGU 773 SGU 775
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria
Guest
RS: Richard Saunders
Quote of the Week
It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
William Kingdon Clifford, mathematician and philosopher
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Show Notes
Forum Topic


Introduction[edit]

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


COVID-19 Update ()[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Wandering Magnetic North Pole ()[edit]

Air Plasma Jet Propulsion ()[edit]

Hydrogen Breathers ()[edit]

Murder Hornets ()[edit]

Prayer for COVID-19 ()[edit]

Special Segment: Premium Wine Cards ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: Baby hippos

New Noisy ()[edit]

[British man discussing a finding of David Dunning's]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction artificial fertilizer
Science urine fertilizer
Science haber-bosch process
Host Result
Steve swept
Rogue Guess
Richard artificial fertilizer
Jay artificial fertilizer
Cara artificial fertilizer
Evan artificial fertilizer
Bob artificial fertilizer

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Theme: Agriculture
Item #1: Artificial fertilizer is responsible for 80% of current world food production.[6]
Item #2: The Haber-Bosch process, used to fix nitrogen, consumes between 1-2% of the world’s energy usage.[7]
Item #3: One adult’s urine contains enough nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to fertilize enough food production for 50-100% of one person’s food requirements.[8]

Richard's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

It is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.
William Kingdon Clifford, mathematician and philosopher (1845-1879)

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[9]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description

References[edit]

Vocabulary[edit]


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