SGU Episode 796
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|SGU Episode 796|
|October 10th 2020|
|SGU 795||SGU 797|
|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|
- 1 Introduction
- 2 COVID-19 Update ()
- 3 In Memoriam
- 4 News Items
- 5 Who's That Noisy? ()
- 6 Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups ()
- 7 Science or Fiction ()
- 8 Skeptical Quote of the Week ()
- 9 Signoff/Announcements ()
- 10 Today I Learned
- 11 References
Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
COVID-19 Update ()
- The president gets COVID-19 
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
Nobel Prize in Medicine ()
Nobel Prize in Physics ()
Nobel Prize in Chemistry ()
Circuit Creates Unlimited Power ()
Ouija Board Hysteria ()
Who's That Noisy? ()
- Answer to last week’s Noisy: Call of a Red Deer
New Noisy ()
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Correction #1: German Alphabet ()
Correction #2: Coal Plants' Startup Times ()
Science or Fiction ()
|Fiction||dogs & faces|
|Science||land bridge & fossils|
|Evan||land bridge & fossils|
|Cara||dogs & faces|
|Jay||dogs & faces|
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.
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.
Item #3: A new study finds that dog brains have a similar response to faces as do humans and other primates.
Steve Explains Item #1
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #3
Skeptical 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
S: —and until next week, this is your Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.
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Today I Learned
- Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference
- Science-Based Medicine Osteopathic Medicine – What Is It?
- Nobel Prize: The Nobel Prize in Medicine 2020
- Nobel Prize: The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020
- Nobel Prize: The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020
- ScienceDaily: Physicists build circuit that generates clean, limitless power from graphene
- Metro News: Ghost hunter horrified that Poundland is selling ouija boards for Halloween
- PNAS: Disproportionate extinction of South American mammals drove the asymmetry of the Great American Biotic Interchange
- News from Brown: Tuned lighting helps nursing home residents get better sleep, study finds
- Journal of Neuroscience: Comparative brain imaging reveals analogous and divergent patterns of species- and face-sensitivity in humans and dogs
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