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Episode #708
« on: February 02, 2019, 11:44:31 AM »
What’s the Word: Prosody; News Items: Cure for Cancer?; Liquid Fuel from Sunlight; Metallic Wood; Oldest Rock; Who’s That Noisy; Name That Logical Fallacy; Science or Fiction
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Re: Episode #708
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2019, 12:06:17 PM »
Prosody. I love the way you say prosody.

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Re: Episode #708
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2019, 05:41:48 PM »
Re the Earth rock found on the moon - I can already imagine what the moon landing deniers are going to say.  ::)
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Re: Episode #708
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2019, 09:44:39 AM »
In the thread about episode #707 there was a little discussion about Celsius vs Fahrenheit. And right at the start of this episode, they go all-out Fahrenheit. Way of making a statement.
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Re: Episode #708
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2019, 04:40:21 PM »
I was surprised to hear them talk about the “Cure for cancer?” news item as though it had anything to do with science. The announcement was an obvious scam intended to lure suckers into investing. Steve did mention that in passing. But they could have just said “Obvious scam” and then in much less time than they took, given the reasons.

Cara misspoke when she said that lithium batteries just have to be made smaller. They need to be made more energy dense. More energy in less weight and space. The size of individual batteries doesn’t matter. (Cara is still the most knowledgeable of the rogues after Steve.)

I got SoF right! That has not happened for a good while. (I score well below chance.) But I got it right for the wrong reason.
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Re: Episode #708
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2019, 04:58:40 PM »
I was surprised to hear them talk about the “Cure for cancer?” news item as though it had anything to do with science. The announcement was an obvious scam intended to lure suckers into investing. Steve did mention that in passing. But they could have just said “Obvious scam” and then in much less time than they took, given the reasons.

Cara misspoke when she said that lithium batteries just have to be made smaller. They need to be made more energy dense. More energy in less weight and space. The size of individual batteries doesn’t matter. (Cara is still the most knowledgeable of the rogues after Steve.)

I got SoF right! That has not happened for a good while. (I score well below chance.) But I got it right for the wrong reason.

I don’t know what the correct answer was for SoF.  I can’t remember that there’s ever been one that I was less interested in.  I just tuned out.
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Re: Episode #708
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2019, 05:52:01 PM »
I was surprised to hear them talk about the “Cure for cancer?” news item as though it had anything to do with science. The announcement was an obvious scam intended to lure suckers into investing. Steve did mention that in passing. But they could have just said “Obvious scam” and then in much less time than they took, given the reasons.

Cara misspoke when she said that lithium batteries just have to be made smaller. They need to be made more energy dense. More energy in less weight and space. The size of individual batteries doesn’t matter. (Cara is still the most knowledgeable of the rogues after Steve.)

I got SoF right! That has not happened for a good while. (I score well below chance.) But I got it right for the wrong reason.

I don’t know what the correct answer was for SoF.  I can’t remember that there’s ever been one that I was less interested in.  I just tuned out.

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Re: Episode #708
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2019, 06:49:44 PM »
I was surprised to hear them talk about the “Cure for cancer?” news item as though it had anything to do with science. The announcement was an obvious scam intended to lure suckers into investing. Steve did mention that in passing. But they could have just said “Obvious scam” and then in much less time than they took, given the reasons.

Cara misspoke when she said that lithium batteries just have to be made smaller. They need to be made more energy dense. More energy in less weight and space. The size of individual batteries doesn’t matter. (Cara is still the most knowledgeable of the rogues after Steve.)

I got SoF right! That has not happened for a good while. (I score well below chance.) But I got it right for the wrong reason.

I don’t know what the correct answer was for SoF.  I can’t remember that there’s ever been one that I was less interested in.  I just tuned out.

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Good, thanks for telling me the answer.  I’m impressed by your reasoning though.
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Re: Episode #708
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2019, 11:23:02 AM »
I was surprised to hear them talk about the “Cure for cancer?” news item as though it had anything to do with science. The announcement was an obvious scam intended to lure suckers into investing. Steve did mention that in passing. But they could have just said “Obvious scam” and then in much less time than they took, given the reasons.

I disagree.  This particular claim was made based on a lot of actual science, not completely fake magic.  This kind of claim can be very tempting for a reasonable people to accept.  For the rogues to dismiss it with a casual backhand, I feel, would not be very helpful.  When friends and family bring up this article to me, I can now give them details about WHY it is just an obvious scam without having to say that I think it is a scam because Steve said so.  I am always grateful when the rogues do a deep dive one something like this so I have some context if it ever comes up in conversation.
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Re: Episode #708
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2019, 12:51:16 PM »
Did I hear Cara google the temperature of “Antarctica”? It is twice the size os Australia.  This time of year the temperature will range from 0 to-30.
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Re: Episode #708
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2019, 07:00:11 PM »
Regardless of how many adverts there are on SGU, there are podcasts which are worse.  I’m currently listening to ‘Murder Book’ by Michael Connelly (creator of the LAPD detective Hieronymus Bosch), which has many.  Michael Connelly is also a much better author than speaker, though it’s still very listenable.
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