SGU Episode 807

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SGU Episode 807
December 26th 2020
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SGU 806                      SGU 808

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week

Persistence in scientific research leads to what I call instinct for truth.

Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist

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

This Day in Skepticism ()[edit]

Psychic Predictions ()[edit]

The rogues review predictions for 2020 and make their own predictions for 2021.

Year in Review ()[edit]

Best and Worst of the Year ()[edit]

Skeptical Heroes ()[edit]

Skeptical Jackasses ()[edit]

In Memoriam ()[edit]

Favorite News Items[edit]






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

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Science or Fiction (1:16:07)[edit]

Answer Item
Fiction Common gene ancestor
Science Water on pluto
Targeting nanoparticle
Host Result
Steve clever
Rogue Guess
Water on pluto
Targeting nanoparticle
Water on pluto
Common gene ancestor
Common gene ancestor

Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Theme: 2020 News Items
Item #1: A review of the evidence supports the conclusion that when Pluto formed it was hot enough to contain liquid water, some of which likely still exists as subsurface liquid water.[6]
Item #2: An extensive analysis finds that all vertebrate genes analyzed so far share a common, if remote, gene ancestor.[7]
Item #3: Scientists developed a nanoparticle that can target atherosclerotic plaques in arteries, triggering the destruction of cellular debris and stabilizing the plaque, which would potentially reduce the risk of heart attacks.[8]

Ian's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

SGU/Science or Fiction Stats for 2020 ()[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week ()[edit]

Persistence in scientific research leads to what I call instinct for truth.
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), French chemist and microbiologist

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 Send your questions to And, if you would like to support the show and all the work that we do, go to and consider becoming a patron and becoming part of the SGU community. Our listeners and supporters are what make SGU possible.


Today I Learned[edit]

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  6. ScienceDaily: Evidence supports 'hot start' scenario and early ocean formation on Pluto
  7. ScienceDaily: Genes from scratch: Far more common and important than we thought
  8. ScienceDaily: Nanoparticle chomps away plaques that cause heart attacks
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