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The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Author: Dr. Steven Novella

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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:
818 Episodes
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Psychic Predictions; News Items: New SARS-CoV-2 Variant, Satellites Made From Wood, Quantum Computing Advance; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
RIP James Randi; Interview with Richard Wiseman; News Items: Mapping the Proteome, Room Temperature Superconductivity, Falling Biodiversity; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction
Comments (75)

J. Kay

1:10:00 Homer: After years of disappointment with get rich quick scheme, I know I’m gonna get rich with this scheme. And quick.

Feb 24th
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Rj Douglas

anyone else been getting the odd crackle in audio over the last couple episodes?

Jan 11th

Jman G

can i listen to a single podcast that doesnt take every opportunity to bash on Trump. And it wouldnt bother me so much if it were also mentioned the countless liberal leaders who refused to wear a mask as soon as they felt the cameras were off of them but no one does. and we're supposed to be skeptics.

Dec 30th


I don’t really believe the US study. I would be interested to know who paid for it. It’s hard to explain why such large numbers of healthcare workers in an institution become positive. Sure, some of them are maybe not being careful at home, but most are being careful at home.

Dec 16th
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Top Clean

Give that man a medal, an Ig Nobel Prize.!. MEDICAL EDUCATION PRIZE [BRAZIL, UK, INDIA, MEXICO, BELARUS, USA, TURKEY, RUSSIA, TURKMENISTAN] Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, Narendra Modi of India, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico, Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, Donald Trump of the USA, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Vladimir Putin of Russia, and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan, for using the Covid-19 viral pandemic to teach the world that politicians can have a more immediate effect on life and death than scientists and doctors can. REFERENCE: Numerous news reports. NOTE: This is the second Ig Nobel Prize awarded to Alexander Lukashenko. In the year 2013, the Ig Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Alexander Lukashenko, for making it illegal to applaud in public, AND to the Belarus State Police, for arresting a one-armed man for applauding.

Sep 26th

Top Clean

Thanks again for another good episode. (^^,) And yes Mr. Mayhem, the kleptocrat, is trying to sell a snake oil again. He got a eerie uncanny Midas touch for chaos and disorder. #TrumpTalksTrump

Aug 30th

Andro Tammik

What Trump derangement syndrome is going on here lately.

Aug 22nd
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So eerie and interesting listening to this in July 2020. So much has happened!

Jul 28th

Buddy Cox

first time ever leaving a comment on a podcast, but gotta say you guys are the best thing on the internet imo! i look forward to the show every week.

Jun 7th

Anna Clay

This show is generally interesting and informative, but it's not really accessible to younger people, especially young women. Episodes without Cara are even more difficult to engage. It's fine for me, but I'm in my 30s with a master's degree, and the barrier to entry on this podcast is just too high for something that purports to be "science communication" and "skeptical outreach."

May 10th

Robert Tolbert

Is there any evidence that cloth masks work.

Apr 18th

Amanda Aho

Loud noise warning on this episode! It's during the Who's That Noisy segment, the new sound is really shrieky and they don't warn about it

Mar 30th

Miles Greb

only bad eposide ever. cause it mentioned TLJ :p

Mar 1st

Grant Machado

the last time i was this early it was 2020.

Feb 16th

Grant Machado


Jan 31st

Elliot Marshall

I've tried to download episode #759 for a week and it's still not working. Anyone else having this issue?

Jan 30th

Sean Sheedy

i cant get january 25 to download.😥

Jan 30th

David Thompson

My favourite one yet!

Dec 4th
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Pgerbit62 Celtic

With Steve Novela this pod cast has changed my life. True the man has more drive to educated world than it deserves. I hit brick walls telling people extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence but it falls on deaf ears. Still uninterrupted pod casts even after the death of friends and family is fantastic. I've never met any of the rouges but Steve and pals are like friends to me.

Oct 17th

J. Kay

6:33 "Joe-burg?" ???? It's called, "Jo," for short by South Africans.

Sep 18th
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