SGU Episode 882

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SGU Episode 882
June 4th 2022
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SGU 881 SGU 883
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella
E: Evan Bernstein


Quote of the Week
When I was a kid, people wanted to be an astronaut. Today, kids want to be famous, and that's totally the wrong approach. You have to have authenticity in what you're doing. You have to really care about the core message of what you're saying, and then everything else will fall into place.
David Copperfield, American magician
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Introduction, Skipping horrible news[edit]

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

News Items[edit]

(At some point in this episode, the Rogues mention the word/term consilience[v 1]. This is arguably a good word to have tagged for the vocabulary section.)

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

Exascale Supercomputer (1:05)[edit]

B: Okay. So, on SGU Episode 151--

C: --Whoa!

B: --June 9th, 2008--

E: --Oh my gosh!

B: --I announced the first petaflop supercomputer: a quadrillion calculations per second, 1015.

Dinosaurs Warm or Cold Blooded (16:17)[edit]

Preventing Violent Crime (30:17)[edit]

Revising Evolutionary Trees (46:29)[edit]

New Optical Illusion (1:02:39)[edit]

Quickie with Bob (1:11:44)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (1:14:18)[edit]

Answer to previous Noisy:
All vocalizations from Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson


New Noisy (1:17:04)[edit]

[high pitched whoops and grunting, squeaking calls]

J: The more information you give me, the better. If you think you have an answer, or you want to send me in something cool, just like that Noisy--somebody just sent that in to me--you can email me at WTN@theskepticsguide.org

Announcements (1:17:52)[edit]

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (1:18:59)[edit]

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Email #1: Reading Systematic Reviews[edit]

Science or Fiction (1:28:40)[edit]

Item #1: A new analysis finds that the Cueva de Ardales in Spain, famous for its many cave paintings, was likely occupied by human ancestors for as long as 500,000 years.[6]
Item #2: In a prospective study, dogs were able to detect asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection with higher sensitivity than nasopharyngeal antigen testing, 97% vs 84%.[7]
Item #3: Scientists have developed a molecular drill that is activated by visible light and rotates at 2-3 million times per second, which can drill through bacterial membranes and can be used as a broad-spectrum, rapid-acting antibiotic for skin infections.[8]

Answer Item
Fiction 500,000-year occupation
Science dogs better than antigen test
Science molecular drill
Host Result
Steve sweep
Rogue Guess
Bob molecular drill
Cara molecular drill
Evan molecular drill
Jay dogs better than antigen test
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Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.

Bob's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

... [in Cockney accent, as in The Rain in Spain] "the kive in Spine falls minely..."

Evan's Response[edit]

Jay's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:46:35)[edit]

When I was a kid, people wanted to be an astronaut. Today, kids want to be famous, and that's totally the wrong approach. You have to have authenticity in what you're doing. You have to really care about the core message of what you're saying, and then everything else will fall into place.
David Copperfield, American magician

Signoff/Announcements (1:51:16)[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[9]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Vocabulary[edit]

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