SGU Episode 883
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|SGU Episode 883|
|June 11th 2022|
|SGU 882||SGU 884|
|S: Steven Novella|
|B: Bob Novella|
|C: Cara Santa Maria|
|J: Jay Novella|
|E: Evan Bernstein|
|Quote of the Week|
|What I love about experts, the best of them anyway, is that they get to their humility early. They have to. It's part of who they are; it's necessary for what they're doing. They set out to get to the bottom of something that has no bottom, and so they're reminded constantly of what they don't know. They move through the world focused not on what they know, but on what they might find out.|
|Michael Lewis, American author|
Introduction, What are the Rogues watching?
Voice-over: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
Infantile Amnesia (9:25)
- Why can't you remember being born, learning to walk or saying your first words? What scientists know about 'infantile amnesia'
The Age of Giants (27:23)
AI and Traffic Jams (40:05)
Bob visits the Green Bank Radio Observatory (55:45)
Who's That Noisy? (1:10:12)
New Noisy (1:14:12)
[bellowing, buzzing, and low chirping, chittering animal sounds]
J: ... If you think you know this week's Noisy or you heard something cool--because you must have, because you have ears--please email me at WTN@theskepticsguide.org.
Correction #1: UY Scuti
Question #1: Science of Gun Regulation (1:17:04)
Science or Fiction (1:40:30)
Hidden Theme: Counterintuitive Results
Item #1: A new study in yeast finds that about 75% of synonymous (or silent) genetic mutations are actually significantly harmful.
Item #2: In a large Danish study researchers found that having shingles increased the risk of being diagnosed with dementia over the next 21 years by 10%.
Item #3: An analysis of air pollution in China finds a significant association with higher socio-economic status and higher exposures to ambient air pollution.
|Fiction||shingles and dementia|
|Science||silent mutations are harmful|
|Science||higher s.e.s., higher exposure|
|Jay||shingles and dementia|
|Evan||shingles and dementia|
|Cara||shingles and dementia|
|Bob||shingles and dementia|
Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Steve Explains Item #1
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #3
Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:54:51)
What I love about experts, the best of them anyway, is that they get to their humility early. They have to. It's part of who they are; it's necessary for what they're doing. They set out to get to the bottom of something that has no bottom, and so they're reminded constantly of what they don't know. They move through the world focused not on what they know, but on what they might find out.
– Michael Lewis, American author
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 email@example.com. 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.
Today I Learned
- Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference
- The Conversation: Why can't you remember being born, learning to walk or saying your first words? What scientists know about 'infantile amnesia'
- Live Science: Why don't we have many giant animals anymore?
- Neurologica: AI Can Help Traffic Jams
- Green Bank Observatory: Green Bank Telescope
- NIH: What Do We Know About the Association Between Firearm Legislation and Firearm-Related Injuries?
- Nature: Synonymous mutations in representative yeast genes are mostly strongly non-neutral
- Medical Express: Does shingles increase a person's risk of dementia?
- Environmental Health Perspectives: Ambient Air Pollution and Socioeconomic Status in China
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