SGU Episode 940
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|SGU Episode 940|
|July 15th 2023|
"Betelgeuse may be larger and later in life than other scientists have calculated.
|S: Steven Novella|
B: Bob Novella
E: Evan Bernstein
G: George Hrab
AJR: Andrea Jones-Rooy,
|Quote of the Week|
Every time you perform a magic trick, you’re engaging in experimental psychology. If the audience asks, "How the hell did he do that?" then the experiment was successful.
Teller, American magician
Introduction, wildlife encounters, incl. Steve’s bear sighting(s)
Voice-over: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
Dumbest Thing of the Week (18:54)
- [url_from_show_notes _article_title_]
- Meteors and Alien Craft
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
Leqembi for Alzheimer's (35:07)
Jeffrey Epstein Not Murdered (48:48)
- Investigation and Review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Custody, Care, and Supervision of Jeffrey Epstein at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, New York
When Will Betelgeuse Supernova? (1:02:51)
Can AI Solve Math Problems? (1:16:00)
Science or Fiction (1:36:49)
Item #1: A new paper estimating the number of planets in the Milky Way with liquid water increases the estimate by 100 fold from prior estimates, up to one planet per system on average.
Item #2: A new bionic arm for an above-the-elbow amputation allows the user to control individually each finger of the hand using only connections with the remaining muscles.
Item #3: In an example of convergent evolution, new DNA analysis finds that the pygmy right whale is actually a porpoise.
|Fiction||Pygmy right whale|
|Science||100x more planets w/ water|
New bionic arm
|New bionic arm|
|New bionic arm|
|New bionic arm|
|Pygmy right whale|
Voice-over: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Steve Explains Item #1
G: ... H-2-whoa!
Steve Explains Item #2
Steve Explains Item #3
Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:51:38)
Every time you perform a magic trick, you're engaging in experimental psychology. If the audience asks, "How the hell did he do that?" then the experiment was successful.
– Teller (1948-present), American musician
Signoff & Announcements (1:57:49)
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
- National Post: Astronomer predicts that a red supergiant star nearby could go supernova very soon
- [url_from_show_notes _publication_: _article_title_]
- Science-Based Medicine: FDA Approves Leqembi for Alzheimer's
- Office of the Inspector General, US Dept. of Justice: Investigation and Review of the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Custody, Care, and Supervision of Jeffrey Epstein at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, New York
- New York Times: A.I. Is Coming for Mathematics, Too
- Nature Communications: Liquid water on cold exo-Earths via basal melting of ice sheets
- Science Translational Medicine: Improved control of a prosthetic limb by surgically creating electro-neuromuscular constructs with implanted electrodes
- Marine Mammal Science: Convergent evolution of skim feeding in baleen whales
- [url_for_TIL publication: title]