SGU Episode 988

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SGU Episode 988
June 15th 2024
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Model of the targeted deep brain zone,
the striatum, a key player in reward and reinforcement mechanisms. Credit: EPFL

SGU 987                      SGU 989

Skeptical Rogues
S: Steven Novella

B: Bob Novella

J: Jay Novella

E: Evan Bernstein

Quote of the Week

Understand well as I may, my comprehension is only an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand.

Ada Lovelace, English mathematician

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Show Notes
Forum Discussion

Introduction, superhero TV series[edit]

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

Quickie with Evan: Mysterious Signal (5:48)[edit]

  • [url_from_show_notes _article_title_] [1]

News Items[edit]






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

Ultra-processed Foods (12:24)[edit]

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Artemis Space Suits (27:54)[edit]

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The next-generation spacesuit as designed by Axiom Space is a modular design, ready for a diverse astronaut corps. Image credit: Axiom Space
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E: ... Suity McSuitface

Interstellar Clouds (41:32)[edit]

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Prebiotic Soda (55:47)[edit]

Non-invasive Deep Brain Stimulation (1:07:45)[edit]

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Who's That Noisy? (1:11:24)[edit]

Answer to previous Noisy:
Exhaust nozzle closing on Pratt and Whitney fighter jet engine

New Noisy (1:17:02)[edit]

[whizzing, whooshing animal burbles?]

what this noisy is

Announcements (1:17:36)[edit]

Questions/Emails/Corrections/Follow-ups (1:22:14)[edit]

Email #1: Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon[edit]

Hello fellow skeptics. I have been listening to the SGU for almost a decade now and really enjoy and appreciate what you guys are doing. Critical thinking is needed NOW MORE THAN EVER. To my comment: Have you guys discussed the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon before? Apparently it is a frequency illusion where when you hear about something it all of a sudden appears more frequently, i.e., learning about a new person and all of a sudden the person's name appears everywhere. I have a sense that it is a cognitive bias but would like to especially hear Steve's and Cara’s takes on the subject (the neurologist and psychologist, respectively).

Adrian Tello, Texas

Science or Fiction (1:29:37)[edit]

Item #1: Researchers unveiled a new computer modeling system of a living cell that is 1 million times faster than existing simulations.[7]
Item #2: For the first time physicists report they have been able to isolate true magnetic monopoles. [8]
Item #3: NASA recently successfully tested their new communications link to the ISS, which was able to transmit data up and down at 1.2 gigabits per second.[9]

† "Quadruple-𝑄" in the article title refers to q, the wave number used in the helical spiral (1Q state) and the hedgehog lattice (3Q state)

Answer Item
Fiction Magnetic monopoles
Science Living cell model
1.2 Gbps ISS link
Host Result
Steve swept
Rogue Guess
Magnetic monopoles
Magnetic monopoles
Magnetic monopoles

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

Bob's Response

Jay's Response

Evan's Response

Steve Explains Item #3[edit]

Steve Explains Item #2[edit]

Steve Explains Item #1[edit]

Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:41:48)[edit]

Understand well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand.

 – Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), English mathematician and writer


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Today I Learned[edit]

  • Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference[10]
  • Fact/Description
  • Fact/Description


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