SGU Episode 783
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|SGU Episode 783|
|July 8th 2020|
|SGU 782||SGU 784|
|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|
- 1 Introduction
- 2 COVID-19 Update ()
- 3 News Items
- 4 Who's That Noisy? ()
- 5 Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups ()
- 6 Science or Fiction ()
- 7 Skeptical Quote of the Week ()
- 8 Signoff/Announcements ()
- 9 Today I Learned
- 10 References
Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
COVID-19 Update ()
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
Roundness Bias ()
Pooled Testing ()
- Smithsonian: Pooled Testing Could Be the Fastest and Cheapest Way to Increase Coronavirus Screening
Insect Feed ()
Nuclear Thermal Propulsion ()
Who's That Noisy? ()
New Noisy ()
[brief, vague description of Noisy]
Question #1: Pasteurization ()
Correction #1: Police Shooting Retraction ()
Science or Fiction ()
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.
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.
Item #3: Scientists have finally been able to produce commercial-level spider silk by genetically engineering hag fish to produce spider silk slime.
Steve Explains Item 2
Steve Explains Item 1
Steve Explains Item 3
Skeptical 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 (1737-1809), The Age of Reason
S: —and until next week, this is your Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.
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Today I Learned
- Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference
- NatGeo: How scientists know COVID-19 is way deadlier than the flu
- ScienceDaily: Consumers prefer round numbers even when the specific number is better news
- Smithsonian Magazine: Pooled Testing Could Be the Fastest and Cheapest Way to Increase Coronavirus Screening
- Neurologica: Feeding Animals Insects
- Are Technica: The US military is getting serious about nuclear thermal propulsion
- Nasa: Helicopter on Mars
- Standford Medicine: Polynesians, Native Americans made contact before European arrival, genetic study finds
- THE: Robot scientist ‘works 1,000 times faster’ than human researchers
- Chemistry World: Hagfish slime turned into ultra-stiff fibre
- [url for TIL, publication: title]