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The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe is a weekly science podcast discussing the latest science news, critical thinking, bad science, conspiracies and controversies. -The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: Your escape to reality - Produced by SGU Productions, LLC: http://www.theskepticsguide.org

Dr. Steven Novella

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The Skeptics Guide #899 - Oct 1 2022

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Interview with Tim Dodd the Everyday Astronaut; Forgotten Superhero of Science: Raye Jean Montague; News Items: Are Fake Meats Sustainable, Why Go Back to the Moon; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #898 - Sep 24 2022

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News Items: 2022 Ig Nobels, It's OK to Ask for Help, Bitcoin and Fedimints, Multivitamins for Memory, Refreezing the Poles, Neuro Emotional Technique; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Chess Cheating Follow Up; Science Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #897 - Sep 17 2022

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Is It Real: Ear Snake; News Items: What Children Believe, Health Effects of Gas Stoves, Neanderthal Brains, Synthetic Microbiome, UFO Videos Classified; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Climate Nihilism; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #896 - Sep 10 2022

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Quickie with Bob: Frank Drake; News Items: MOXIE Follow Up, Talk More, EMDR Update, Did Giant Meteorites Create Continents, Death by Herbal Remedy; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #895 - Sep 3 2022

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Interview with Dr. Seema Yasmin; News Items: Hot Summer, Tear Down this Paywall, Volcano Catastrophe, Solar Energy Update; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #894 - Aug 27 2022

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Report from Italy; News Items: Space-Based Solar Power, Theory of Decision Making, Urban Crops, Protons have Charm; Who's That Noisy; Dumbest Thing of the Week; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #893 - Aug 20 2022

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Live from NECSS with guests Andrea JonesRooy and Kelly Burke; Perry DeAngelis Memorial; News Items: Earth Spinning Faster, Scientific Rigor, More Space Debris, The Alex Jones Trial; Special Segments: Chorizo Hoax, Audio Pareidolia; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #892 - Aug 13 2022

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Special Report: New Climate Change Bill; News Items: The Physics of Meteors, New Kind of Motion, Structured Water, Cryonic Horror Stories; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Photons Have Momentum; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #891 - Aug 6 2022

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Quickie with Bob: Friction; News Items: The Neuroscience of Politics, Cozy Lava Tubes, Video Games and Well-Being, Invisible Dark Matter; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Lord Kelvin, Green Methane, Universe Isotropy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #890 - Jul 30 2022

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What's The Word: Cladistics; News Items: Detecting Exoplanets, Too Hot, Overconfidence and Denial, Monkeypox Update; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Self-Advocacy vs Kibitzing; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #889 - Jul 23 2022

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Interview with Brian Dunning about UFO Movie; Cara's Cancer Experience; News Items: Global Warming Technologies, SLS Launch, Periodic FRBs, Habitable Super Earths; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #888 - Jul 16 2022

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News Items: Green Steel, T. Rex Arms, Getting Out The Vote, James Webb Latest Images; Who's That Noisy; Quote Quiz; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #887 - Jul 9 2022

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Interview with Dr. Dave Stanton; Special Segment: The Fate of Fireworks; News Items: Universal Coronavirus Vaccine, Preserving Ukraine's Landmarks, Detecting Particles with Gravitational Waves, Who Owns the Moon; Your Questions and E-mails: What Is a Skeptic?; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #886 - Jul 2 2022

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Quickie with Bob - Gamma Ray Burst Pauses; News Items: Mining the Sea, Science of Abortion, How Many Galaxies; Your Questions and E-mails: Can Dogs Talk; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #885 - Jun 25 2022

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Secret of Skinwalker Ranch; News Items: Jupiter Ate Baby Planets, The Risk of Sitting, NASA Joins Study of UAPs, Galapagos Giant Tortoise Not Extinct; What's the Word: Nostrum; Your Questions and E-mails: Testing AIs; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #884 - Jun 18 2022

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News Items: Is LaMDA AI Sentient, AI Influencers, Kids Don't Get Cancer Because They Are Unhappy, Free Floating Black Hole; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #883 - Jun 11 2022

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News Items: Infantile Amnesia, The Age of Giants, AI and Traffic Jams, Green Bank Radio Observatory; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E=mails: Science of Gun Regulation; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #882 - Jun 4 2022

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News Items: Exascale Supercomputer, Dinosaurs Warm or Cold Blooded, Preventing Violent Crime, Revising the Evolutionary Tree, New Optical Illusion; Quickie with Bob: Gato AI; Who's That Noisy; Your questions and E-mails: Reading Systematic Reviews; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #881 - May 28 2022

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Interview with NASA's Naomi Rowe-Gurney; News Items: Monkeypox, NASA's Mars Plans, Linear Bias; Who's That Noisy; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #880 - May 21 2022

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News Items: Health Benefits of Clean Energy, SIDS, Growing Plants in Lunar Soil, Milky Way Black Hole, Gullible Acupuncture Article; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Language and AI, Raw Food Diet; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #879 - May 14 2022

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Dumbest Thing of the Week: Best UFO Picture; News Items: AI Artists, Molten Salt Battery, Trolling Science Journalism, Solar Thermochemical Hydrogen; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Action Bias vs Omission Bias; Science Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #878 - May 7 2022

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SGU 17 Year Anniversary; Quickie with Bob: Follow Up Solar Lens; News Items: Sustainable Jet Fuel, Dog Personality, COVID and Cognitive Function, Fertilizer Shortage, Cosmic Expansion; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Lemuria; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #877 - Apr 30 2022

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The Skeptics Guide to the Future Book Preorder; News Items: Redefining the Second, NFT Medicine, LHC Restart, Energy Psychology, Researching the Paranormal; Who's That Noisy; Corrections: Native vs Endemic; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #876 - Apr 23 2022

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News Items: Vaping and Inflammation, Projectile Fusion, Facilitated Communication is Still Pseudoscience, Gamma Rays and Gravitational Waves, AI Emotion Detection; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Communicating Skepticism; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #875 - Apr 16 2022

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Live from Boston with guest George Hrab; Over-Under; News Items: CRISPR-On, Achromatic X-Ray Lens, Pareidolia and Gender, Cleaning Solar Panels, Public Media and Democracy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #874 - Apr 9 2022

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Interview with NASA Biologist John Kiss; News Items: Life on Europa, Ancient Skull Surgery, Artemis Stuck, Most Distant Star, Fake News; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Evolution and Racism; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #873 - Apr 2 2022

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Guest Rogue Andrea Jones Roy; Special Report: Political Science of War; News Items: Transgenic Plants in Space, Homeopathy Trials and Publication Bias, Psychedelic Treatments, Anti-Universe, Plastic in our Blood; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #872 - Mar 26 2022

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Daylight Saving Time; News Items: SLS is here, COVID Brain, Origins of Life, Orbiting Solar Power, Antarctic Heat Wave; Who's That Noisy; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #871 - Mar 19 2022

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Interview with Michelle Ciulla Lipkin from the National Association for Media Literacy Education; News Items: Why Is Life Symmetrical, Evolution of Language, Moon Rocks, Plasma Laser Lens, International Paranormal Conference; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #870 - Mar 12 2022

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Guest Rogue, Brian Wecht; News Items: Solid State Batteries, Are Coronal Loops Real, COVID Anosmia, Alcohol and the Brain; Special Report: Update on String Theory; Quickie with Bob: Bacteria Convert Sunlight to Energy; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #869 - Mar 5 2022

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Special Report: Ukraine; News Items: Quantum Gravity Gradiometer, Sea Level Rise, NASA Innovative Projects, Biological Sex; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #868 - Feb 26 2022

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News Items: Hot Jupiters, Jumping To Conclusions, Nanoparticles to Stop Internal Bleeding, Internet 2035; Quickie with Bob: Plasma Physics; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Bird Deaths; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #867 - Feb 19 2022

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First Scientists; News Items: Psyche May Not Be The Iron Giant, Planet Around White Dward, Falling Birds, HIV Cure; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Girt; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #866 - Feb 12 2022

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Quotation Rotation; News Items: Treating Spinal Cord Injury, Artificial Enamel, Laser Thermal Propulsion, Chimps Self-Medicating; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: De-Extinction; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #865 - Feb 5 2022

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Quickie with Bob - Scientists Invent Flubber; News Items: Machine Learning and Mental Health, Hardy Tardigrades, DNA Microfossils, Belief in the Paranormal and Credibility, Tesla Robots; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Rogan and Spotify; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #864 - Jan 29 2022

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What's the Word: Allopatric; News Items: Carbon Signatures on Mars, Schoolkids and Conspiracy Theories, Peter Jackson Uses AI to Restore Beatles, Human Remains Locator; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: 5G and Airlines, The Effects of Climate Change; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #863 - Jan 22 2022

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Interview with Brad McKay, Special Segment: 5G and Airlines; News Items: Origins of Life, Zombie Science, Silent as an Owl, Evolution of Flowering Plants; Who's That Noisy; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #862 - Jan 15 2022

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News Items: Pig Heart Transplant, Managing the Next Pandemic, Bogus Hangover Cures, James Webb Telescope Update, Battlefield Acupuncture; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Does Smelling Equal Exposure; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #861 - Jan 8 2022

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Predictions for 2021 and 2022; News Items: Space Highlights for 2022, Education and the Aging Brain, Ramjet Physics, Elizabeth Holmes Guilty Verdict; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Off the Reservation; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #860 - Jan 1 2022

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2021 Year-End Review Show; Best Science of the Year; Pseudoscience of the Year; Best SGU Segments; Skeptical Heroes and Jackasses of 2021; In Memoriam; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #859 - Dec 25 2021

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Live from Fort Collins; Discussion: End of Civilization; News Items: Nuclear on the Moon, What Launched Video Games, Assholes More Likely to be Wrong, Vaccine Detox; The Rogues Answer Psychology Questions; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #858 - Dec 18 2021

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What's The Word: Substrate; News Items: Storing Energy with Air and Water, Zoom Fatigue, Challenging Einstein, Webb Launching; Who's That Noisy; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #857 - Dec 11 2021

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Holiday Pseudoscience Guide; News Items: Treating the Unvaccinated, DNA Data Storage, MLM Exploiting Women, Binge Watching, Asteroid Monitoring; Who's That Noisy; Name That Quote; Your Questions and E-mails: Blaming Parents; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #856 - Dec 4 2021

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COVID Update: Omicron; Myths about Black Widow Spiders; News Items: Sentient Cephalopods, Self Replicating Xenobots, Pharmacists Recommending Homeopathy; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: SpinLaunch Follow up; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #855 - Nov 27 2021

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Live from Denver; Special Segment: Families, Vaccines, and Thanksgiving; News Items: Russia Shoots Down Satellite, Asteroid May Be Moon Fragment, Loss Aversion, Bank Robber Identifies After 52 Years, Alex Jones Liable in Sandy Hook Case, Spinlaunch; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #854 - Nov 20 2021

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News Items: Kilometer Long Spaceship, Social Media and Kids, Bionic Arm, Embryo Research, Trust in Science; Quickie with Bob: Caves on Mars; Mystery Quotes; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #853 - Nov 13 2021

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COVID Update: New Antivirals; News Items: Moon Return Delay, Brain Stimulation Treatment, Carbon to Rock, Astronaut Brain Damage; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Organic Farming; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #852 - Nov 6 2021

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COVID Update; News Items: Organic Fail, Are Viruses Alive, Memes Ease Stress, Extragalactic Planet, Superconducting New State of Matter; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Elizabeth Bathory; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #851 - Oct 30 2021

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What's the Word: Chirality; News Items: Creepy Parasite, Lab Grown Coffee, Organoid Research, Conspiracies and COVID, Death by Exorcism; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Peak Uranium; SGU Recommends; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #850 - Oct 23 2021

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Interview with David Copperfield and Richard Wiseman; News Items: Pig Kidney Transplant, Scientists Abused for Discussing COVID, Synthetic Biology, AGW Consensus, Dark Skies; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Propaganda; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #849 - Oct 16 2021

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Interview with Craig Good; News Items: Mass Extinction 30 Million Years Ago, Strange Radio Waves, Plant Molecular Farming, Neurofeedback Headbands; Who's That Noisy; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction

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