SGU Episode 783

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SGU Episode 783
July 8th 2020
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SGU 782 SGU 784
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria


Quote of the Week
I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.
Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason
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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]

Roundness Bias ()[edit]

Pooled Testing ()[edit]

Insect Feed ()[edit]

Nuclear Thermal Propulsion ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

New Noisy ()[edit]

[brief, vague description of Noisy]

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

Question #1: Pasteurization ()[edit]

Correction #1: Police Shooting Retraction ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction spider silk
Science robot scientist
Science polynesian contact
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Jay polynesian contact
Cara spider silk
Bob spider silk
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Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: A new genetic analysis confirms that Polynesians made contact with Native Americans before European contact, despite being separated by thousands of miles of open ocean.[7]
Item #2: Researchers have built a “robot scientist” capable of autonomously carrying out chemical experiments, and using AI to determine what experiments to run, with 1000 times the efficiency of human scientists.[8]
Item #3: Scientists have finally been able to produce commercial-level spider silk by genetically engineering hag fish to produce spider silk slime.[9]

Jay's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item 2[edit]

Steve Explains Item 1[edit]

Steve Explains Item 3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809), The Age of Reason

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[10]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description

References[edit]

Vocabulary[edit]


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