SGU Episode 798
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|SGU Episode 798|
|October 24th 2020|
|SGU 797||SGU 799|
|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|
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Special Segment
- 3 News Items
- 4 Who's That Noisy? ()
- 5 Interview with Richard Wiseman ()
- 6 Science or Fiction ()
- 7 Skeptical Quote of the Week ()
- 8 Signoff/Announcements ()
- 9 Today I Learned
- 10 References
Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
- James Randi, 8/7/28 - 10/20/2020
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
Mapping the Proteome ()
Room Temperature Superconductivity ()
Who's That Noisy? ()
- Answer to last week’s Noisy: Bullet Ant on a microphone
New Noisy ()
Interview with Richard Wiseman ()
Science or Fiction ()
|Fiction||chess & cognitive ability|
|Science||motion capture camera|
|Evan||chess & cognitive ability|
|Jay||motion capture camera|
|Bob||chess & cognitive ability|
|Cara||chess & cognitive ability|
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.
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.
Item #3: Scientists have discovered how pit vipers can seen prey in the dark – by seeing heat with a special pyroelectric organ.
Steve Explains Item #3
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #1
Skeptical 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 (1928-2020), Canadian-American co-founder of Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI)
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 email@example.com. 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
- Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference
- Medical Xpress: Scientists map the human proteome
- Neurologica: Room Temperature Superconductor
- Neurologica: Biodiversity Matters
- Neurologica: Daryl Bem, Psi Research, and Fixing Science
- Tokyo Tech: MonoEye: A human motion capture system using a single wearable camera
- PNAS: Life cycle patterns of cognitive performance over the long run
- Phys.org: Scientists reveal how snakes 'see' at night
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