Only 20 more shows to the otherwise arbitrary achievement of Episode #500. So while we wait a few months for that event, there were a few things that went unsaid from our most recent episode #480. This week we have more celebrity gullibility, how Facebook makes us suckers, Russian bigfoot nonsense, and punishments for bad science practices. Here is the latest version of The SGU Cutting Room Floor.
Recent comparisons between the oldest rocks on the earth and more modern ones bolster the theory that the infant earth was not as hellish as we we once thought it was. Depictions of earth when it was a baby less than 500 million years old often show it to be a red-hot planet with magma
In preparation for our two SGU recordings at Dragon Con 2014, we had to record episode #477 earlier than normal, almost a week ahead of our usual schedule. Because so much science and skeptic news occurs every day, it means we sometimes miss on some very interesting items which might have otherwise made it to the show. Here’s a small sample of some of the items we might have otherwise covered:
A smallish asteroid (20 meters) will be passing very close to the earth this weekend. We and our satellites are not in danger but 25,000 miles away is uncomfortably close.
The name of this newly discovered asteroid is the unimaginative 2014 RC and was discovered by Arizona’s Catalina Sky Survey and independently a day later by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii (sorry Hawaii, second doesn’t count).
25,000 miles away may seem like a lot but consider that that’s one tenth the distance to the moon and just slightly farther away than our geosynchronous satellites which are in 22,000 mile high orbits. If that asteroid took out the Netflix satellite I would be supremely pissed.
The American Indians would use 100% of the buffalo they killed. Remember that “fact” from 3rd grade? Turns out it is wrong, there were plenty of remnants. So when Steve takes the raw footage (hence the buffalo) and decides which items will make the final cut the show (hence saving the useful parts, leaving the remnants) among the remains are some interesting news items. So instead of having them go to waste, why not use some of them as part a blog post series? Yes, conservation is a good thing!
Quite a smattering of ridiculousness this week. People open their mouths, and all sorts of nonsense spews forth. But in the end, it only matters if people choose to believe this garbage, and there is no better garbage-filter than a rationally skeptical worldview. Here are this week’s top 5 ridiculous comments of the week:
A good barometer of how ridiculous some people were this past week is to look at the people who did not make the list. There is no room for the likes of “The Food Babe”, Deepak Chopra, or Rupert Sheldrake; three veritable founts of ridiculousness and they could not crack the top 5 this week. So in that context, here are this weeks “real winners.”
4) The Experiment Write-Up was just a conference paper
The paper written by NASA employees about the EM (Cannae) Drive experiments was not a formal signed-off paper, just a conference paper. This type of write-up is common and is just preliminary. It’s basically meant to say to the physics community: “Hey, check this shit out, Cool huh? Whaddya think? Anything we can do to make this better?”.