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SGU Episode 975
March 16th 2024
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The conclusion of All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office: "To date, AARO has not discovered any empirical evidence that any sighting of a UAP represented off-world technology or the existence a classified program that had not been properly reported to Congress." [1][2]
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SGU 974                      SGU 976

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

C: Cara Santa Maria

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week

If you want to do seismic analysis, it's ideal if you check with a seismologist first.

Benj. Fernando, planetary seismologist

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Show Notes
Forum Discussion

Introduction, Boeing's missteps; moral courage[edit]

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

_rogue_mentions_sacklers_[3][note 1]

Special Segment: Tax Scams (9:43)[edit]

News Items[edit]






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

Pentagon UFO Report (19:58)[edit]

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Microplastic Risks (29:38)[edit]

Parasite Cleanse (40:32)[edit]

Gut Microbe Communication (49:05)[edit]

Interstellar Meteorite (59:02)[edit]

Who's That Noisy? (1:06:28)[edit]

New Noisy (1:11:23)[edit]

[popping sound like a jackhammer]

what this week's Noisy is

Announcements (1:11:46)[edit]


Email #1: Thou/You (1:16:18)[edit]

Email #2: Mach Effect Drive (1:21:15)[edit]


Science or Fiction (1:26:58)[edit]

Theme: Equinoxes

Item #1: On the day of each equinox, day and night are of equal length.[9]
Item #2: During the equinoxes, solar declination is 0°.[10]
Item #3: So-called solar outages, or equinoctial disruptions, refer to the fact that communication satellites are often partially or totally blocked for a few days either before or after the equinoxes.[11]

Answer Item
Fiction Day & night equal length
Science Solar declination is 0°
Equinoctial disruptions
Host Result
Steve win
Rogue Guess
Equinoctial disruptions
Day & night equal length
Day & night equal length
Day & night equal length

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

Cara's Response

Jay's Response

Bob's Response

Evan's Response

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:38:08)[edit]

If you want to do seismic analysis, it's ideal if you check with a seismologist first.

 – Benjamin Fernando, American planetary seismologist and postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University 

Signoff (1:51:35)[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[12]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description


  1. "The Sacklers were generous donors to universities, academic medical centers, museums, and other charitable institutions in the U.S. and all over the world. Their names adorned these venerable institutions. In almost every case their names have been removed. And with the new bankruptcy ruling the Sacklers will lose most of their vast fortune. Far more important is their tragic legacy of being a major cause of the devastating opioid epidemic which has afflicted so many American families." See Missouri Medicine reference.


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