SGU Episode 784

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SGU Episode 784
July 18th 2020
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SGU 783 SGU 785
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria
Guest
SA: Stephon Alexander
Quote of the Week
Hopefully, the 27th time’s the charm.
Grant Imahara
Links
Download Podcast
Show Notes
Forum Topic


Introduction[edit]

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


In memoriam: Grant Imahara ()[edit]

COVID-19 Update ()[edit]

News Items[edit]

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B:

C:

J:

E:

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

"Dog Years" Myth ()[edit]

Fighting Climate Change with Rock Dust ()[edit]

Visual Perception and Filtering ()[edit]

Underused Terahertz Radiation ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: Drill Cleaner

New Noisy ()[edit]

[brief, vague description of Noisy]

Interview with Stephon Alexander ()[edit]

  • The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction organic solvent
Science energy converter
Science sea water fuel
Host Result
Steve sweep
Rogue Guess
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Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: Scientists have developed an organic solvent that can dissolve any source of cellulose at room temperature, tripling the efficiency of producing biofuel from plant waste. [6]
Item #2: Scientists have demonstrated a solar energy converter with 85% efficiency and project a cost of 3 cents per kilowatt hour.[7]
Item #3: Researchers have developed a catalyst that can be used in the conversion of sea water to fuel and calculate that it will function at industrial scale.[8]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

Steve Explains [Item #][edit]

Steve Explains [Item #][edit]

Steve Explains [Item #][edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

Hopefully, the 27th time's the charm.
Grant Imahara (1970-2020), American electrical engineer, roboticist, television host, and actor.

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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