SGU Episode 805
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|SGU Episode 805|
|December 12th 2020|
|SGU 804||SGU 806|
|S: Steven Novella|
|B: Bob Novella|
|C: Cara Santa Maria|
|J: Jay Novella|
|E: Evan Bernstein|
|Quote of the Week|
|That which parents should take care of (here) is to distinguish between the wants of fancy, and those of nature.|
|John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education|
Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
COVID-19 Update ()
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Chuck Yeager Dies at 97 ()
The Smellicopter ()
COVID Anti-Vaxxers ()
Are We Ready for Aliens ()
Who's That Noisy? ()
- Answer to last week’s Noisy: _brief_description_perhaps_with_link_
New Noisy ()
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Question_Email_Correction #1: Protein Folding ()
Name That Logical Fallacy ()
- More on "Slippery Slope"
Science or Fiction ()
|Fiction||dog language ability|
|Science||honey bees use a tool|
|Science||inherited eye disorder|
|Evan||dog language ability|
|Bob||dog language ability|
|Jay||inherited eye disorder|
|Cara||dog language ability|
Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Item #1: In the first instance of honey bees using a tool, they have been found to deliberately cover their nest entrance with animal feces in order to repel giant hornets.
Item #2: In a new study of canine language ability, dogs demonstrated the ability to differentiate even words that differ by a single phoneme.
Item #3: In a breakthrough study, a genetic therapy for an inherited mitochondrial eye disorder found that injecting the gene vector into one eye improved vision in both eyes.
Steve Explains Item #1
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #3
Skeptical Quote of the Week ()
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
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Chuck Yeager, first pilot to break the sound barrier, dies at 97
- Tech Xplore: 'The Smellicopter,' an obstacle-avoiding drone that uses a live moth antenna to seek out smells
- NYT: Anti-Vaccine Doctor Has Been Invited to Testify Before Senate Committee
- Neurologica: I Think We’re Ready for Aliens
- NatGeo: Honeybees found using tools, in a first—to repel giant hornet attacks
- ScienceAlert: Dogs Probably Don't Understand Us as Well as We Think, Brain Scans Reveal
- NewScientist: Gene therapy injected in one eye can travel to the other eye
- [url_for_TIL publication: title]