SGU Episode 779

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SGU Episode 779
June 13th 2020
SGU 778 SGU 780
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria
AS: Angela Saini
Quote of the Week
Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie.
Miyamoto Musashi
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Show Notes
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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]

Seeing Color ()[edit]

fMRI Research ()[edit]

Where FRBs Come From ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: Metal spinning

New Noisy ()[edit]

[brief, vague description of Noisy]

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

Question #1: ISS Update ()[edit]

Interview with Angela Saini ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: Archaeologists have used ground penetrating radar to map an ancient city in northern Italy that is at least 3 thousand years old and from a previously unknown culture.[4]
Item #2: Researchers have developed an implantable therapeutic neural stimulator that is wireless, and does not require a battery, magnetic coil, or radiowaves for power.[5]
Item #3: A new study finds that conservatives, but not liberals, react to government warning labels by being more likely to engage in the unhealthy behavior.[6]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

[Host] Explains Item #[n][edit]

[Host] Explains Item #[n][edit]

[Host] Explains Item #[n][edit]

Answer Item
Fiction ancient city
Science {{{science1}}}
Host Result
Steve sweep
Rogue Guess
Bob neural stimulator
Evan neural stimulator
Jay neural stimulator
Cara warning labels
{{{rogue5}}} {{{answer5}}}

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie.
Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645), Japanese swordsman, philosopher, strategist, writer and rōnin

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[7]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description



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