SGU Episode 788

From SGUTranscripts
Jump to navigation Jump to search

You can use this outline to help structure the transcription. Click "Edit" above to begin.

  Emblem-pen-green.png This is a transcript of a recent episode and it is not finished. Please help us finish it!
Add a Transcribing template to the top of this transcript before you start so that we don't duplicate your efforts.
  Emblem-pen-orange.png This episode needs: transcription, time stamps, formatting, links, 'Today I Learned' list, categories, segment redirects.
Please help out by contributing!
How to Contribute

SGU Episode 788
August 15th 2020
SAMPLE icon.jpg
(brief caption for the episode icon)

SGU 787                      SGU 789

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another.

John Burroughs, American naturalist and nature essayist

Download Podcast
Show Notes
Forum Discussion


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

COVID-19 Update ()[edit]

News Items[edit]






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

COVID-19 Quackery in Afghanistan ()[edit]

The Russian Vaccine ()[edit]

CNO Neutrinos ()[edit]

TESS Exoplanet Mission ()[edit]

Follow Up on Lava Tubes ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_

New Noisy ()[edit]


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

Question #1: Benford's Law ()[edit]

Steve, pretty please, with cheese and Jay farts, talk about Benford's Law.
— Pepe Smith, Raleigh, NC/Hong Kong

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction Wheat cultivars
Science Powered flight
Missed firearms
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Powered flight
Powered flight
Wheat cultivars

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: A new review of dinosaurs closely related to birds finds that powered flight evolved independently at least three times in this group.[6][v 1]
Item #2: An analysis finds that TSA likely missed 4,600 firearms in carry on luggage for air travel between 2014 and 2019.[7]
Item #3: A comparison of wheat varieties from 1891-2010 finds that modern wheat has as much as 50% more gluten than the older cultivars.[8]

Evan's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, but to imagine your facts is another.
John Burroughs (1837-1921), American naturalist and nature essayist

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 Send your questions to And, if you would like to support the show and all the work that we do, go to 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



Navi-previous.png Back to top of page Navi-next.png