SGU Episode 968

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SGU Episode 968
January 27th 2024
968 Japan Lunar Probe.jpg

Image taken on the Moon by Lunar Excursion Vehicle 2 (LEV-2) of robotic moon rover Smart Lander for Investigating Moon, or SLIM. Credit: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency/Takara Tomy/Sony Group Corporation/Doshisha University [1]

SGU 967                      SGU 969

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week

We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.

Denis Diderot, French philosopher

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Show Notes
Forum Discussion

Introduction; Japan's lunar probe; other lunar missions[edit]

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

Swindler's List: Deepfake Robot Call (8:37)[edit]

News Items[edit]






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

Oxygen Bottleneck (14:42)[edit]

NASA Opens Osiris Rex Canister (29:10)[edit]

_rogue_mentions_apophis_[link needed]

Learning and Longevity (35:23)[edit]

DNA Directed Assembly (48:00)[edit]

Bleach Peddler Going to Prison (55:57)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (1:05:45)[edit]

Answer to previous Noisy:
Balloon ribbon "saying" "Happy New Year!"

New Noisy (1:09:50)[edit]

["rat-a-tat" with a brief animal clucking sound]

what this week's Noisy is

Announcements (1:10:20)[edit]

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (1:15:04)[edit]

Follow-up #1: Nuclear Batteries[edit]


Science or Fiction (1:19:15)[edit]

Theme: The Ice Age

Item #1: During the last glacial maximum greater than 50% of the Earth's surface was covered in ice.[8]
Item #2: Most of Canada has no native earthworms, because they were wiped out during the last glacial period.[9]
Item #3: At the end of the last glacial period, about 10,000 years ago, the Earth's tilt (obliquity) was 24.5 degrees, and since then has decreased to its current 23.4 degrees.[10]

Answer Item
Fiction 50% covered in ice
Science No native earthworms
Earth's tilt has decreased
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
50% covered in ice
50% covered in ice
50% covered in ice
Earth's tilt has decreased

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

Cara's Response

Jay's Response

Evan's Response

Bob's Response

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:31:45)[edit]

We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.

 – Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher and art critic 

Rogues' past religious schooling[edit]

Signoff (1:38:29)[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 Send your questions to And, if you would like to support the show and all the work that we do, go to and consider becoming a patron and becoming part of the SGU community. Our listeners and supporters are what make SGU possible.


Today I Learned[edit]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[11]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description


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