SGU Episode 800
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|SGU Episode 800|
|November 7th 2020|
|SGU 799||SGU 801|
|S: Steven Novella|
|B: Bob Novella|
|J: Jay Novella|
|E: Evan Bernstein|
|C: Cara Santa Maria|
|Quote of the Week|
|I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.|
|Zora Neale Hurston, American anthropologist|
- 1 Introduction
- 2 COVID-19 Update ()
- 3 News Items
- 4 Who's That Noisy? ()
- 5 Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups ()
- 6 Dumbest Thing of the Week ()
- 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 ()
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
Amulets and COVID-19 ()
Right to Try and COVID ()
Earth-Sized Rogue Planet ()
Forest Regrowth ()
Lava Growth ()
Who's That Noisy? ()
- Answer to last week’s Noisy: Barcode scanners synthesizing sounds
New Noisy ()
[pulsating sounds with some echoing]
Correction #1: Bee Balls ()
I was just listening to podcast #799 and your discussion on the murder hornet. Cara briefly mentioned the bee ball as a defensive measure honey bees can take. But that is incorrect. Only the Japanese honey bees can form the bee ball as a defensive measure to surround and cook the invading Asian giant hornet. The European honey bee does not and is therefore completely defenseless against the Asian giant hornet. That is why there is such a huge concern, as all the commercial honey bees in the US are the European honey bees. Here are some references: Japanese bees' protective behaviors; Meet the "hot defensive bee ball," one of the craziest tactics in the animal kingdom Love the podcast! Stay safe, wash your hands, and wear a mask.
– Albert from Seattle
Dumbest Thing of the Week ()
- Magic Lamp
Science or Fiction ()
|Fiction||2000+ known craters|
|Science||largest is oldest|
|Science||largest diamond dep|
|Bob||largest diamond dep|
|Evan||largest diamond dep|
|Cara||2000+ known craters|
|Jay||2000+ known craters|
Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Theme: Impact Craters
Item #1: The largest impact crater on Earth, Vredefort Crater, South Africa, at 300km wide, is also the oldest, over 2 billion years.
Item #2: The largest single diamond deposit in the world was formed by a meteorite impact, and contains a greater volume of diamonds than all other deposits combined.
Item #3: There are over 2,000 known impact craters on Earth.
Steve Explains Item #1
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #3
Skeptical Quote of the Week ()
I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions.
– Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), American anthropologist
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Today I Learned
- Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference
- Science-Based Medicine Superspreading Events
- Neurologica: Magic Amulets Do Not Prevent COVID
- Scientific American: Beware Political Hype over the ‘Right to Try’ COVID Drugs
- Neurologica: Earth-Sized Rogue Planet Discovered
- Wired: Is It Better to Plant Trees or Let Forests Regrow Naturally?
- Phys.org: Supersonic winds, rocky rains forecasted on lava planet
- Gizmodo: Meet the "hot defensive bee ball," one of the craziest tactics in the animal kingdom
- CTV News: Indian doctor duped into buying 'Aladdin's lamp' after genie show
- Uni Freiburg: The craters on Earth
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