SGU Episode 874

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SGU Episode 874
April 9th 2022
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SGU 873 SGU 875
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella


Quote of the Week
I simply wish that, in a matter which so closely concerns the wellbeing of the human race, no decision shall be made without all the knowledge which a little analysis and calculation can provide.
Daniel Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and physicist

(Use a first reference to an article attached to the quote. The second article reference is in the QoW section. See Episode 762 for an example.) -->


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Introduction[edit]

Voice-over: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.

Declining April Fools' jokes (0:34)[edit]

Completion of the Human Genome (2:24)[edit]

More Phishing Emails (5:12)[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Life on Europa (8:58)[edit]

Ancient Skull Surgery (22:46)[edit]

Artemis Stuck (30:11)[edit]

Most Distant Star (41:48)[edit]

Fake News (54:15)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (1:02:09)[edit]


New Noisy (1:06:27)[edit]

[somewhat creepy beeps, chimes, and vibrating strings with intermittent whirs and synthesized chords]

J: ... Just go out there and tell me if you know what it is. And also...

Announcements (1:07:36)[edit]

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (1:12:54)[edit]

Email #1: Evolution & Racism[edit]

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Interview with John Kiss (1:17:34)[edit]


Science or Fiction (1:33:16)[edit]

Theme: IPCC 2022 report[6]

Item #1: Carbon intensity (CO2 from fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes per unit primary energy) decreased by 3% per year since 2010, mostly due to rapid increases in wind and solar energy.
Item #2: In 2019 22% of worldwide GHG emissions came from agriculture and forestry, greater than the transportation sector at 15%.
Item #3: 83% of cumulative CO2 emissions since 1850 were produced prior to 1990.

Answer Item
Fiction carbon intensity decrease
Science agro & forestry > transpo
Science 83% emissions prior to 1990
Host Result
Steve clever
Rogue Guess
Evan 83% emissions prior to 1990
Bob agro & forestry > transpo
Cara agro & forestry > transpo
Jay carbon intensity decrease
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Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Evan's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:48:15)[edit]

I simply wish that, in a matter which so closely concerns the wellbeing of the human race, no decision shall be made without all the knowledge which a little analysis and calculation can provide.
Daniel Bernoulli (1700-1782), Swiss mathematician and physicist

Signoff[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 theskepticsguide.org. Send your questions to info@theskepticsguide.org. And, if you would like to support the show and all the work that we do, go to patreon.com/SkepticsGuide and consider becoming a patron and becoming part of the SGU community. Our listeners and supporters are what make SGU possible.

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