SGU Episode 852
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|SGU Episode 852|
|November 6th 2021|
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|SGU 851||SGU 853|
|S: Steven Novella|
|B: Bob Novella|
|C: Cara Santa Maria|
|J: Jay Novella|
|E: Evan Bernstein|
|Quote of the Week|
|We must learn to set our emotions aside and embrace what science tells us. GMOs and nuclear power are two of the most effective and most important green technologies we have. If – after looking at the data – you aren’t in favour of using them responsibly, you aren’t an environmentalist.|
|Ramez Naam, American technologist|
Voice-over: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
COVID-19 Update (1:31)
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
Organic Fail (13:41)
Are Viruses Alive? (32:58)
Memes Ease Stress (47:20)
Extragalatic Planet (54:01)
Superconducting New State of Matter (1:00:40)
Who's That Noisy? (1:08:50)
New Noisy (1:13:15)
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J: Alright. So if you think you know what this week's Noisy is, or if you heard any Noisys, please do send those in to me at WTN@TheSkepticsGuide.org.
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Email #1: Elizabeth Bathory - Serial Killer?
Science or Fiction (1:28:34)
|Fiction||government didn't poison booze|
|Science||cowboy's derby hat|
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|cowboy's derby hat|
|government didn't poison booze|
Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Item #1: The iconic cowboy hat was introduced in 1865 and did not become popular until the 20th century. The most popular hat for cowboys in the 19th century was the derby.
Item #2: The US government never actually poisoned alcohol during prohibition. Poisonings were due to contamination from poor quality stills.
Item #3: The average height of Europeans in the Middle Ages was actually greater than in the 16th-19th centuries, with average height not returning to Middle Age average until the late 20th century, and still only slightly less (about 1 inch) than modern Europeans.
Steve Explains Item #1
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #3
Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:45:22)
We must learn to set our emotions aside and embrace what science tells us. GMOs and nuclear power are two of the most effective and most important green technologies we have. If – after looking at the data – you aren’t in favour of using them responsibly, you aren’t an environmentalist.
– Ramez Naam, American technologist and science fiction writer
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
- Neurologica: The Sri Lanka Organic Experiment
- Science News: Are viruses alive, not alive or something in between? And why does it matter?
- The Conversation: Go ahead, enjoy your memes – they really do help ease pandemic stress
- Neurologica: Possible Extragalactic Planet
- Physics World: Superconductor reveals new state of matter involving pairs of Cooper pairs
- New Scientist: Honeybees let out a "whoop" when they bump into each other
- Ripley's: Cowboys in the Wild West Didn't Wear Cowboy Hats
- USA Today: Fact check: It's true, U.S. government poisoned some alcohol during Prohibition
- Ohio State News: Men From Early Middle Ages Were Nearly As Tall As Modern People
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