SGU Episode 808
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|SGU Episode 808|
|January 2nd 2021|
|SGU 807||SGU 809|
|S: Steven Novella|
|B: Bob Novella|
|C: Cara Santa Maria|
|J: Jay Novella|
|E: Evan Bernstein|
|Quote of the Week|
|You are modern humans of the civilized world. And modern humans rise beyond all laws and superstitions of the society. They help their fellow beings to rise from the ashes of ignorance, illusion and fear.|
|Abhijit Naskar, neuroscientist |
Voiceover: You're listening to the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, your escape to reality.
2021 Psychic Predictions ()
COVID-19 Update ()
(laughs) (laughter) (applause) [inaudible]
The New SARS-CoV-2 variant ()
Satellites Made from Wood ()
Quantum Computing ()
Who's That Noisy? (1:18:16)
- Answer to last week’s Noisy: Verrazano Bridge Groans and Shifts in High Winds
New Noisy (1:27:51)
Science or Fiction (1:30:16)
|Fiction||year getting longer|
|Science||short roman calendar|
|Science||gregorian vs julian|
|Cara||year getting longer|
|Evan||year getting longer|
|Jay||year getting longer|
|Bob||year getting longer|
Voiceover: It's time for Science or Fiction.
Theme: The Calendar
Item #1: The ancient Roman calendar year originally contained only 304 days.
Item #2: In the last 2000 years the year has increased by 2.8 seconds due to the slowing of the Earth’s rotation.
Item #3: While the Gregorian calendar was first proclaimed official in 1582, the Julian calendar is still used by several groups even though it is now 13 days off.
Steve Explains Item #1
Steve Explains Item #3
Steve Explains Item #2
Skeptical Quote of the Week (1:47:28)
You are modern humans of the civilized world. And modern humans rise beyond all laws and superstitions of the society. They help their fellow beings to rise from the ashes of ignorance, illusion and fear.
– Abhijit Naskar, neuroscientist
S: —and until next week, this is your Skeptics' Guide to the Universe.
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Today I Learned
- Fact/Description, possibly with an article reference
- Wordpress: Abhijit Naskar
- NY Times: Coronavirus Variant Is Indeed More Transmissible, New Study Suggests
- BBC News: Japan developing wooden satellites to cut space junk
- Phys.org: Important milestone in the creation of a quantum computer
- TimeAndDate.com: The Roman Calendar
- NASA: NASA Explains Why Clocks Will Get an Extra Second on June 30
- Wikipedia: Julian calendar
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