SGU Episode 875

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SGU Episode 875
April 16th 2022
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SGU 874 SGU 876
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
G: George Hrab

Quote of the Week
Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.
John Adams, second president of the United States
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Introduction, Live from Boston, Accents[edit]

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

Special Segment: Over/Under? (1:39)[edit]

Avocados (2:25)[edit]

Minecraft (3:42)[edit]

New Year's Eve (6:50)[edit]

College (8:12)[edit]

Bacon (13:31)[edit]

Radio (14:06)[edit]

First Amendment (17:58)[edit]

News Items[edit]






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

New CRISPR Mechanism to Turn On Genes (24:50)[edit]

Acrhomatic X-Ray Lenses (45:05)[edit]

Cleaning Solar Panels (52:20)[edit]

Public Media and Healthy Democracy (1:00:45)[edit]

Pareidolia and Gender (1:15:17)[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:24:44)[edit]

Theme: New England Geology

Item #1: New England is primarily composed of volcanic island arcs.
Item #2: Plymouth Rock geologically originated in northern Canada and was deposited in its current location by the Laurentide glacier 20,000 years ago.
Item #3: New England was adjacent to modern day Morocco in Africa when part of Pangea, evidenced by their identical lithographic sequences.

Answer Item
Fiction plymouth rock origin, glacier
Science volcanic island arcs
Science once adjacent to morocco
Host Result
Steve clever
Rogue Guess
Jay once adjacent to morocco
Evan once adjacent to morocco
Bob volcanic island arcs
Cara volcanic island arcs
George plymouth rock origin, glacier

Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Jay's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

George's Response[edit]

Audience's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:42:42)[edit]

Let us tenderly and kindly cherish therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.
John Adams (1735-1826), second president of the United States


S: —and until next week, this is your Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.

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Today I Learned[edit]

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