SGU Episode 803
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|SGU Episode 803|
|November 28th 2020|
|SGU 802||SGU 804|
|S: Steven Novella|
|B: Bob Novella|
|C: Cara Santa Maria|
|J: Jay Novella|
|E: Evan Bernstein|
|Quote of the Week|
|I frequently advise my female students who are in academic positions to be patient and focus on their science first. That's how they can make the most difference. I have often said that the best thing that I can do for women in science is first to do good science.|
|Jacqueline K. Barton, American chemist|
Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
COVID-19 Update ()
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
The Popularity of Principia ()
Supersized Wind Turbines ()
A Magnetar is Born ()
Plant Personality ()
Who's That Noisy? ()
- Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_
New Noisy ()
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Question #1: Racial Bias ()
Science or Fiction ()
|Science||credit to cavendish|
Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Theme: 17th-century Scientists
Item #1: Lady Margaret Cavendish, a 17th century philosopher, scientist, poet, fiction writer, and playwright, anticipated many of the naturalism arguments credited to Thomas Hobbes and David Hume.
Item #2: Marcello Malpighi, an Italian physician and biologist, who founded the science of microscopic anatomy, was criticized by his peers for suggesting that his discoveries would be of any use to medicine.
Item #3: Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, the inventor of the first precision thermometer in wide use, died at the age of 50 of mercury poisoning.
Steve Explains Item #1
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #3
Skeptical Quote of the Week ()
I frequently advise my female students who are in academic positions to be patient and focus on their science first. That's how they can make the most difference. I have often said that the best thing that I can do for women in science is first to do good science.
– Jacqueline K. Barton, American chemist
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
- ScienceNews: Newton’s groundbreaking Principia may have been more popular than previously thought
- Phys.org: Supersized wind turbines generate clean energy—and surprising physics
- Astronomy: Magnetic star born from a colossal collision of stellar corpses
- Yahoo Finance: The Botanist Daring to Ask: What If Plants Have Personalities?
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Margaret Lucas Cavendish
- Britannica: Marcello Malpighi
- Wikipedia: Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
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