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SGU Episode 891
August 6th 2022
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Lava tube on the Moon
SGU 890 SGU 892
Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella
B: Bob Novella
C: Cara Santa Maria
J: Jay Novella


Quote of the Week

If anyone can refute me–show me I'm making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective–I'll gladly change. It's the truth I'm after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance.

Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor
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Introduction, passing of Nichelle Nichols[edit]

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

Quickie with Bob (7:15)[edit]

News Items[edit]

S:

B:

C:

J:

E:

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

The Neuroscience of Politics (8:59)[edit]

Cozy Lava Tubes (28:21)[edit]

Video Games and Well-being (43:27)[edit]

Invisible Dark Matter (58:23)[edit]

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (1:10:30)[edit]

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Question #1: Lord Kelvin (1:10:40)[edit]

...In podcast [851]—that's not that old—chirality was a topic of discussion.

Question #2: Green Methane (1:16:18)[edit]

Question #3: Universe Isotropy (1:17:45)[edit]

I voted for Pedro.

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Who's That Noisy? (1:21:24)[edit]


New Noisy (1:23:38)[edit]

[high-pitched, scratchy calls/music]

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J: If you think you know what this week's Noisy is, you can email me at WTN@theskepticsguide.org. ...

Science or Fiction (1:24:53)[edit]

Theme: Materials Science

Item #1: Chemists have developed a method for essentially printing complex designer molecules by using specific frequencies of light.[6]
Item #2: Scientists have produced a method for combining single-walled carbon nanotubes into highly ordered structures, such as a regular helix, with minimal errors by using DNA as a lattice.[7]
Item #3: Researchers have produced a biocompatible fiber optic sensor out of spider silk.[8]

Answer Item
Fiction complex designer molecules
Science dna as a lattice
Science
spider silk sensor
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Jay
spider silk sensor
Bob
complex designer molecules
Cara
complex designer molecules

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

Jay's Response[edit]

Bob's Response[edit]

Cara's Response[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:39:01)[edit]

If anyone can refute me–show me I'm making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective–I'll gladly change. It's the truth I'm after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance.
Marcus Aurelius (121-180), Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher, from Meditations Book 6, Number 21

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]

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