SGU Episode 974

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SGU Episode 974
March 9th 2024
974 Sinking Cities.jpg

"Sinking ground and rising sea levels will put more than half a million people at risk of repeated flooding across 32 U.S. coastal cities, new research shows." [1]
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Flooding in the neighborhood of Freeport, Long Island, on Jan. 13, 2024. (Image credit: Getty Images)

SGU 973                      SGU 975

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week

Most deadly errors arise from obsolete assumptions.

Frank Herbert, American sci-fi author

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Show Notes
Forum Discussion

Introduction, food delivery problems[edit]

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

Quickie with Bob: Colliding Neutron Stars (9:28)[edit]

News Items[edit]






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

Sinking Cities (11:29)[edit]

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Hypervaccination (20:42)[edit]

Conspiracy Theorists and Disease X (32:53)[edit]

Celebrities and Flat Earth (41:29)[edit]

Superconducting Magnets and Fusion (57:09)[edit]

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Who's That Noisy? (1:11:37)[edit]

Answer to previous Noisy:
Balloon popping in sound-enhancing room then one popping in a sound-dampening room: "Balloon pop: reverb room vs. anechoic chamber"

New Noisy (1:15:32)[edit]

[Warbly, old-time recording of a piano tune interlaced with kazoo-like instrument]

what this Noisy is

Announcements (1:16:14)[edit]


Correction #1: IVF details (1:17:02)[edit]

Follow-up #1: Moon's orbit (1:19:50)[edit]


Science or Fiction (1:23:20)[edit]

Theme: Daylight Saving Time

Item #1: A study of over 200 thousand malpractice claims finds that daylight saving time is associated with worse severity of incidents and higher average payments than standard time.[8]
Item #2: Credit for the first serious proposal of daylight saving time goes to entomologist, George Vernon Hudson, who presented the idea in 1895 because he wanted more time in the evening for bug collection.[9]
Item #3: Among its many detrimental effects, daylight saving time is associated with an increase in overall crime compared to standard time.[10]

Answer Item
Fiction DST increases crime
Science DST = worse malpractice
Credited to entomologist
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Credited to entomologist
DST increases crime
DST increases crime
DST increases crime

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

Bob's Response

Evan's Response

Cara's Response

Jay's Response

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:38:11)[edit]

Most deadly errors arise from obsolete assumptions.

 – Frank Herbert (1920-1986), American science-fiction author, best known for his 1965 novel Dune and its five sequels 


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]
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