SGU Episode 787

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SGU Episode 787
August 8th 2020
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SGU 786 SGU 788
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria
Guest
GH: George Hrab
Quote of the Week
Carl Sagan always used to say that when he was trying to explain something to someone, he would go back to that time when he didn't understand it, and then he would retrace his thought steps so that he could make it absolutely clear, and that's one of the infinite number of things I learned from him.
Ann Druyan, American science communicator
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Introduction[edit]

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


Special Segment ()[edit]

  • Live from NECSS, with special guest George Hrab

(We chat about COVID and the conference.)

What’s the Word? ()[edit]

considering using block quotes for emails and definitions read aloud in this segment

Your Number’s Up ()[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Climate Sensitivity ()[edit]

Massive Research Fraud ()[edit]

Sexual Parasitism and Immune Function ()[edit]

Sub_section_ ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction bird beak
Science oldest masks
Science 1b n95s
Host Result
Evan clever
Rogue Guess
Cara bird beak
Bob oldest masks
Steve oldest masks
Jay oldest masks
George 1b n95s

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Theme: Masks
Item #1: The oldest masks discovered were found in modern day Israel, and they date back to pre-biblical times, they are roughly 9,000 years old.[4]
Item #2: In the 14th century, plague doctors wore a mask with a bird-like beak to protect them from The Black Plague, as they believed diseases of the time could be caught from breathing 'bad air'.[5]
Item #3: In 2021, it is estimated that US manufacturers will collectively produce over one billion N95 masks.[6]

Cara's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Steve's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

George's Response[edit]

Evan Explains Item #1[edit]

Evan Explains Item #2[edit]

Evan Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

Carl Sagan always used to say that when he was trying to explain something to someone, he would go back to that time when he didn't understand it, and then he would retrace his thought steps so that he could make it absolutely clear, and that's one of the infinite number of things I learned from him.
Ann Druyan, American science communicator

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[7]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description

References[edit]

  1. Neurologica: Climate Sensitivity
  2. The Wire: Sleuths Uncover Web of Research Fraud in 400+ Papers From China
  3. SciTechDaily: Sexual Parasitism: Loss of Adaptive Immunity Helps Deep Sea Anglerfish Physically Fuse With Their Mates
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Vocabulary[edit]

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