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The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Dr. Steven Novella MD, Dr. Steven Novella
827 episodes
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: https://www.theskepticsguide.org

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

The Skeptics Guide #826 - May 8 2021

Interview with Andy Weir; SGU 16 years; News Items: Electric Planes, Website Diversity, Evolution of Multicellularity, NASA Solar Probe, Chinese Space Program; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #825 - May 1 2021

Correcting Lord Kelvin; News Items: Miracle Bleach Peddler Indicted, Michael Collins, Life on Mars, Political Polarization, Brood X; Who's That Noisy, Your Questions and E-mails: Non-Human Intelligence; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #824 - Apr 24 2021

COVID Update; News Items: Lunar Lander Chosen, Nuclear Fallout, Viral Vector Gene Therapy, Predicting the next Pandemic, FRBs and the Expansion of the Universe; Your Questions and E-mails: Why is North Up?; Dumbest Thing of the Week; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #823 - Apr 17 2021

COVID Vaccine Update; News Items: Possible New Force, CRISPRoff, US Power Half Way to Zero Carbon, Sea Meadows Carbon Sink, Pharoah's Curse; Who's That Noisy; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #822 - Apr 10 2021

Interview with Iszi Lawrence; News Items: Yawning Lions, Air DNA, Oxygenation Events, Infection Proof Implants, Aliens Friend of Foe; Who's That Noisy; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #821 - Apr 3 2021

What's the Word: Phenotype; News Items: Satellites and Light Pollution, Heart Size and Space Travel, Self-Replicating Synthetic Cells, Why No Lyme Vaccine, Origins of SARS-CoV-2; Quickie with Evan: New Atomic Clocks; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Avi Loeb; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #820 - Mar 27 2021

News Items: Vaccine Hesitancy, Ocean Worlds, Oumuamua Explained, More Dead Sea Scrolls; Your Questions and E-mails: Dark Matter Debunked?; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #819 - Mar 20 2021

Your Number's Up: Pi; News Items: Landing on the Moon, Seeing Thylacines, Losing Yourself, Reading for Fun; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Geert Vanden Bossche, Power vs Energy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #818 - Mar 13 2021

COVID Update; News Items: Vaccines Prevent Spread, Cave of Dog Evolution, Batteries on the Rise, AI Tech Gap, Nearby Superearth, Sea Slug Self-Decapitation; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Mechanical Turk; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #817 - Mar 6 2021

News Items: Moxie on Mars, Megafauna Extinction, Earth's Oxygen Atmosphere, When to End a Conversation; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: TMS and Depression; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #816 - Feb 27 2021

Interview with Philip Goff; What's the Word: Percolation; News Items: Perseverance, Communicating While Dreaming, Phage Viruses and Antibiotics, Good the Pandemic; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #815 - Feb 20 2021

Cold Snap in Texas; News Items: American Megafauna Extinction, The Fifth Dimension, Bird's Magnetic World, Pentagon UFO Wreckage; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Police and Lie Detection, Saunas and Sweat; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #814 - Feb 13 2021

COVID-19 Update; News Items: Lie Detectors, Sauna Detox, Black Hole Energy Extraction, Hearing Dead People; Who's That Noisy; Name That Logical Fallacy: Availability Heuristic; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #813 - Feb 6 2021

Forgotten Superheroes of Science: Rita Levi-Montalcini; News Items: Dunning Kruger Validity, Junk on the Moon, Protein Switches, Bipolar Ionization; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Multiverse Revisited, Compliment Sandwich; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #812 - Jan 30 2021

12 SGU Live Stream; News Items: Streaming Carbon Footprint, Assassin Bug Fossil, Stealing Monkeys; Special Report: Solar Gravitational Lens Astronomy; Is It True; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #811 - Jan 23 2021

News Items: Number of Galaxies in the Universe, Logic of the Multiverse, Protecting Lunar Artifacts, Masking After Vaccine, CIA UFO Disclosure; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Q-Anon and Game Design; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #810 - Jan 16 2021

Interview with Phil McAlister from NASA; What's the Word: Degenerate; News Items: Graphene Superconductors, Controlling Superintelligent Machines, Scalar Energy Scam; Who's That Noisy; Your questions and E-mails: Learning Styles,; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #809 - Jan 9 2021

COVID-19 Update; News Items: Canyons on Mars, Ethics of Brain-Machine-Interface, Belief in Learning Styles, Ravens and Ape Intelligence; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Pornstar Names and Security; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #808 - Jan 2 2021

Psychic Predictions; News Items: New SARS-CoV-2 Variant, Satellites Made From Wood, Quantum Computing Advance; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #807 - Dec 26 2020

SGU 2020 Year in Review; Best Science News Items and Pseudoscience of the Year; Favorite SGU Moments; Skeptical Heroes and Jackasses; In Memoriam; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #806 - Dec 19 2020

COVID-19 Update: Vaccine and Home Testing; News Items: Arecibo Telescope, AI Predicting Weather, Manipulated by Robots, Genetically Engineered Pigs, Asteroid Sample Return; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Historicity of Jesus; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #805 - Dec 12 2020

COVID-19 Update; News Items: Chuck Yeagar dies at 97, The Smellicopter, COVID Anti-Vaxxers, Are We Ready for Aliens; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Protein Folding; Name That Logical Fallacy: More Slippery Slope; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #804 - Dec 5 2020

COVID-19 Update; News Items: The Home of Jesus, Ancient Seeds, Treatment for Progeria, Protein Folding Solved, ISS Longevity; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Principia Follow Up; Name That Logical Fallacy: Slippery Slope; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #803 - Nov 28 2020

COVID Vaccine Update; News Items: The Popularity of Principia, Supersized Wind Turbines, A Magnetar is Born, Plant Personality; Special Report: The Truth about Galileo; Whos That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Racial Bias; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #802 - Nov 21 2020

COVID-19 Vaccine Update; News Items: Resisting Facial Recognition, Farming Mars, Sound Beaming, Hydrogen from Ammonia; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Rankine Scale; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #801 - Nov 14 2020

COVID-19 Vaccine; News Items: 3D Printing with Bacteria, Prebunking, Real Cause of Light Pollution, Physics Paradox Solved, Nuclear Thermal Engines; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Throw-Away Journals; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #800 - Nov 7 2020

COVID-19 Update; News Items: Amulets for COVID, Right to Try Laws, Earth-Sized Rogue Planet, Forest Regrowth, Lava Planet; Whos That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Bee Balls; Dumbest Thing of the Week: Magic Lamp; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #799 - Oct 31 2020

COVID-19 Update; News Items: Pandemic Holidays, Water on the Moon, Murder Hornets Murdered, High Value Plastic, Exoplanet View of Earth; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Superconductors and Computers, Beef and Climate Change; Interview with James Randi; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #798 - Oct 24 2020

RIP James Randi; Interview with Richard Wiseman; News Items: Mapping the Proteome, Room Temperature Superconductivity, Falling Biodiversity; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction

The Skeptics Guide #797 - Oct 17 2020

Interview with Paul Thibado; News Items: Excess Deaths from Pandemic, When Satellites Collide, Humans Evolving Extra Blood Vessel; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Time and Traffic; Science or Fiction