SGU Episode 798

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SGU Episode 798
October 24th 2020
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SGU 797 SGU 799
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
C: Cara Santa Maria


Quote of the Week
Science is best defined as a careful, disciplined, logical search for knowledge about any and all aspects of the universe, obtained by examination of the best available evidence and always subject to correction and improvement upon discovery of better evidence. What's left is magic. And it doesn't work.
James Randi, Canadian-American co-founder of CSI
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Introduction[edit]

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

Special Segment[edit]

  • James Randi, 8/7/28 - 10/20/2020

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Mapping the Proteome ()[edit]

Room Temperature Superconductivity ()[edit]

Biodiversity ()[edit]

Who's That Noisy? ()[edit]

  • Answer to last week’s Noisy: Bullet Ant on a microphone

New Noisy ()[edit]

[_short_vague_description_of_Noisy]

Interview with Richard Wiseman ()[edit]

Science or Fiction ()[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction chess & cognitive ability
Science motion capture camera
Science pyroelectric organ
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Evan chess & cognitive ability
Jay motion capture camera
Bob chess & cognitive ability
Cara chess & cognitive ability
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Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Item #1: Researchers have developed a motion-capture system that requires only a single chest-mounted camera, not multiple cameras, sensors, or a dedicated studio.[5]
Item #2: A study of the last 125 years of chess tournaments reveals that people are retaining peak cognitive ability about a decade longer than a century ago.[6]
Item #3: Scientists have discovered how pit vipers can seen prey in the dark – by seeing heat with a special pyroelectric organ.[7]

Evan's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

Science is best defined as a careful, disciplined, logical search for knowledge about any and all aspects of the universe, obtained by examination of the best available evidence and always subject to correction and improvement upon discovery of better evidence. What's left is magic. And it doesn't work.
James Randi (1928-2020), Canadian-American co-founder of Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI)

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[8]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description


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