SGU Episode 796

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SGU Episode 796
October 10th 2020
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SGU 795 SGU 797
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria


Quote of the Week
In any 'big science' enterprise, like planetary exploration, where you must work in big teams of similarly driven people, it is important also to know how to work alongside others, even when they may be your fiercest competitors.
Carolyn Porco, American planetary scientist
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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]

  • The president gets COVID-19 [1]

In Memoriam[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Nobel Prize in Medicine ()[edit]

Nobel Prize in Physics ()[edit]

Nobel Prize in Chemistry ()[edit]

Circuit Creates Unlimited Power ()[edit]

Ouija Board Hysteria ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: Call of a Red Deer

New Noisy ()[edit]

[_short_vague_description_of_Noisy]

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

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Correction #1: German Alphabet ()[edit]

Correction #2: Coal Plants' Startup Times ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction dogs & faces
Science land bridge & fossils
Science tuned lighting
Host Result
Steve clever
Rogue Guess
Evan land bridge & fossils
Cara dogs & faces
Bob tuned lighting
Jay dogs & faces
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Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: An extensive review of fossil evidence finds that when North and South America became connected by a land bridge, migrations of mammals occurred in both directions, but South American species experienced a much higher extinction rate.[7]
Item #2: A study of nursing home residents finds that tuned lighting (brighter hallway lighting during the day and dimmer at night) resulted in a halving of nighttime sleep disturbance events over traditional static lighting.[8]
Item #3: A new study finds that dog brains have a similar response to faces as do humans and other primates.[9]

Evan's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

In any 'big science' enterprise, like planetary exploration, where you must work in big teams of similarly driven people, it is important also to know how to work alongside others, even when they may be your fiercest competitors.
Carolyn Porco, American planetary scientist

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.

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Today I Learned[edit]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[10]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description


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