SGU Episode 877

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SGU Episode 877
April 30th 2022
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SGU 876 SGU 878
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
There is an urgent need today for the citizens of a democracy to think well. It is not enough to have freedom of the Press and parliamentary institutions. Our difficulties are due partly to our own stupidity, partly to the exploitation of that stupidity, and partly to our own prejudices and personal desires.
Lizzie Susan Stebbing, British philosopher
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Introduction, Surgery Recovery[edit]

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

Shameless Promotion (3:30)[edit]

Upcoming Shows[edit]

Second Book Launch[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Redefining the Second (10:27)[edit]

NFT Medicine (24:24)[edit]

LHC Restart (42:29)[edit]

Energy Psychology (52:16)[edit]

Researching the Paranormal (1:03:41)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (1:14:30)[edit]

Answer to previous Noisy:
old-fashioned jaguar call, made with large plastic tub and leather lace


New Noisy (1:20:39)[edit]

[bird-like siren sounds and whoops]

J: ... If you think you know what you heard this week or you heard something cool because you're a cool person and you're in cool places and you do cool things, send me a cool Noisy at wtn@theskepticsguide.org.

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (1:21:18)[edit]

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Correction #1: Native vs. Endemic[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:28:43)[edit]

Theme: Future Technology

Item #1: Using a quantum 2D material, scientists have produced the highest temperature ambient pressure superconductor, at 250 K (-23° C).[6]
Item #2: NASA Scientists have developed a metal alloy that has twice the tensile strength, three times the ductility, and at least 1000 times the durability at high temperature and stress as existing superalloys.[7]
Item #3: Using machine learning and genetic modification, scientists have created a bacteria-produced enzyme that can rapidly break down PET plastic (which makes up 12% of global solid waste) so that it can be reused, and is practical for industrial scale use.[8]

Answer Item
Fiction ambient pressure superconductor
Science scalable plastic-eating enzyme
Science nasa metal alloy
Host Result
Steve sweep
Rogue Guess
Cara nasa metal alloy
Evan nasa metal alloy
Jay nasa metal alloy
Bob nasa metal alloy
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Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Cara's Response[edit]

Evan's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:55:15)[edit]

There is an urgent need today for the citizens of a democracy to think well. It is not enough to have freedom of the Press and parliamentary institutions. Our difficulties are due partly to our own stupidity, partly to the exploitation of that stupidity, and partly to our own prejudices and personal desires.
Lizzie Susan Stebbing (1885-1943), British philosopher, from her 1939 book, Thinking to Some Purpose

Signoff/Announcements (1:58:53)[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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Today I Learned[edit]

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