SGU Episode 879

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SGU Episode 879
May 14th 2022
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SGU 878 SGU 880
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella


Quote of the Week
Scientific research involves going beyond the well-trodden and well-tested ideas and theories that form the core of scientific knowledge. During the time scientists are working things out, some results will be right, and others will be wrong. Over time, the right results will emerge.
Lisa Randall, American theoretical physicist
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Introduction, iPod Nostalgia,[edit]

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

Nostalgia at the End of iPod (1:10)[edit]

Cara's Car, Inteersting EV Features (8:40)[edit]

Dumbest Thing of the Week (13:35)[edit]

  • Best UFO Picture

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

AI Artist (24:03)[edit]

Molten Salt Battery (39:21)[edit]

Trolling Science Journalism (53:33)[edit]

Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen Production (1:14:49)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (1:23:48)[edit]

Answer to previous Noisy:
Cargo train passing directly in front of a car


New Noisy (1:27:16)[edit]

[chirping birds sound]

J: Hmm. What could that be?! If you guys think your know what this week's Noisy is, you can email me at WTN@theskepticsguide.org

Announcements (1:27:45)[edit]

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (1:29:57)[edit]

S: We have a deceptively interesting question. A few people wrote in to ask this.

Followup #1: Action Bias vs. Omission Bias[edit]

  Emblem-pen.png Hearmepurr: check out the cool "tooltip" link (hover mouse and pause when you see the ?) I made for the "science" answer in the SOFResults table for 878



S: Here's one: "Just a quick question. I have heard several times on this show ...

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Science or Fiction (1:35:00)[edit]

Item #1: In a recent study subjects were 30% less likely to choose a chocolate chip cookie that was described as "scientifically developed."[5]
Item #2: An examination of eye control of fruit flies in flight follows a similar scheme as eye control in primates, suggesting convergent evolution across phyla.[6]
Item #3: Astronomers report that for the first time they have examined a star with spectroscopy and identified every known stable element within it.[7]

Answer Item
Fiction every stable element in a star
Science scientifically developed cookie
Science eye's convergent evolution
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Evan scientifically developed cookie
Cara every stable element in a star
Bob every stable element in a star
Jay every stable element in a star
'

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

Evan's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:57:36)[edit]

Scientific research involves going beyond the well-trodden and well-tested ideas and theories that form the core of scientific knowledge. During the time scientists are working things out, some results will be right, and others will be wrong. Over time, the right results will emerge.
Lisa Randall, American theoretical physicist

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 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]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[8]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description

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