SGU Episode 782

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SGU Episode 782
July 1st 2020
SGU 781 SGU 783
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria

Quote of the Week
Pulling bad science apart is the best teaching gimmick I know for explaining how good science really works.
Ben Goldacre
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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]

What’s the Word? ()[edit]

News Items[edit]






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

Raw Milk ()[edit]

Monster Quasar ()[edit]

Asteroid Killed the Dinosaurs ()[edit]

Visualizing Data ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

Answer to last week’s Noisy: Pinball Machine

New Noisy ()[edit]

[brief, vague description of Noisy]

Name That Logical Fallacy ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Theme: Regenerative Medicine
Item #1: Scientists were able to keep pancreas slices alive in culture for up to 10 days and demonstrate regeneration of the insulin-producing cells when stimulated by a growth factor.[6]
Item #2: Medical researchers successfully coaxed damaged adult mouse lungs to grow new air sacs, increasing lung capacity and oxygen exchange.[7]
Item #3: Researchers were able to reprogram adult cells normally present in the inner ear into sound-sensing hair cells using only four transcription factors.[8]

Bob's Response[edit]

Evan'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]

SoF (782)
Fiction mouse lungs
Rogue Guess
Bob pancreas slices
Evan mouse lungs
Cara hair cells
Jay mouse lungs
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Host Result
Steve clever
Other Items

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

Pulling bad science apart is the best teaching gimmick I know for explaining how good science really works. – Ben Goldacre, I Think You'll Find it's a Bit More Complicated Than That.[9]

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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