SGU Episode 786

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SGU Episode 786
August 1st 2020
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SGU 785 SGU 787
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria


Quote of the Week
Conspiracy theorists make sense of the past by creating a plausible pattern that connects events that we know of, or suppose, in a meaningful way. Conspiracy theories are a way to create meaning out of the chaos of our lives and of the past.
Lynette Nusbacher, PhD, Military Historian
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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]

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B:

C:

J:

E:

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

5G and COVID-19 ()[edit]

The Technology of Getting to Mars ()[edit]

Prayer is not Medicine ()[edit]

Fake Mediums ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: Imploding glass sphere[5]

New Noisy ()[edit]

[brief, vague description of Noisy]

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

Question #1: Predicting the Pandemic ()[edit]

Since I am still a relatively new listener, I have been working my way through older podcasts. I just listened to podcast #117 (from 2007/10/17). That interview with Dr. Mark Crislip was downright scary. I had to consciously remind myself that it was over 10 years old, which actually made it worse. If I had that kind of presentiment, it would depress the hell out of me. - Jack, Chicago Area

"5 to 10 Years" ()[edit]

  • Silicon anode for Li-Ion batteries: Follow Up[6]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction antarctica
Science breathing holes
Science triangle eyes
Host Result
Steve swept
Rogue Guess
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Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Theme: Insects
Item #1: Insects do not breath through their mouths, but rather through holes in the sides of their exoskeleton.[7]
Item #2: The Antarctic continent is the only continent on Earth that does not have any native insects.[8]
Item #3: Many insects, in addition to their two compound eyes, have a triangle of three simple eyes in the middle of their forehead.[9]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

[Rogue’s] Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

Conspiracy theorists make sense of the past by creating a plausible pattern that connects events that we know of, or suppose, in a meaningful way. Conspiracy theories are a way to create meaning out of the chaos of our lives and of the past.
– Lynette Nusbacher, PhD, Military Historian

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

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Vocabulary[edit]


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