The SGU Cutting Room Floor (July 29, 2014)
A few items which we would loved to discuss in Episode 472. If only we had more time …
In Edmonton, Aberta, Canada last week, a case of “spontaneous human combustion” was reported by “witnesses” to police. Fortuately, the police are approaching the SHC claim with skepticism. Too bad the Edmonton Sun is not, describing the police as being “baffled”, a tactic used by the press to try and lend some legitimacy to the SHC story. As quoted from the article: “Edmonton police are baffled after a man claimed he woke up on fire Saturday morning. Witnesses are telling city cops that the young man, believed to be around 20 years old, spontaneously combusted.”
The proof that we landed on the moon is in the dust. From the Popular Science article: “Hsu and Horányi’s results, specifically the lack of particles’ deceleration along the x-axis of their coordinate system, could only be the case if Apollo 16’s rover footage was filmed in a vacuum. A vacuum like you’d find on the lunar surface, for example, which couldn’t exist on a sound stage on Earth.”
You only use 10% of your brain … if you think the new movie ‘Lucy’ is based in scientific reality. The early reviews are that it is an enjoyable fantasy adventure. As reviewed by The Newton Blog, Ross Pomeroy helps put things in to perspective: “the “10% Myth” is anywhere close to grounded in reality, even though 65% of the public believes it! Thanks to modern brain scanners, scientists have shown that virtually every part of the brain is in use at all times, even when we’re sleeping! Moreover, it makes no logical sense that humans would evolve such large brains if we didn’t use them.”
According to new charges filed by Texas state medical regulators, Stanislaw Burzynski, alternative medical practitioner “specializing” in cancer treatments, lures patients who are ineligible for his experimental drug, charges them a large retainers before any consultation, and misrepresents many of his medical staff as licensed doctors. From the continuing USA Today coverage:
“Once patients arrived at Burzynski’s office, the board says, he misled them in several ways:
• By making patients pay a retainer before receiving any diagnosis or treatment.
• By performing unnecessary tests and “non-therapeutic treatment” with no potential to help them.
• By imposing “exorbitant charges” for drugs and lab tests, without telling patients that he also owned the pharmacy and lab being used.
• By allowing unlicensed staff to treat patients, while describing the staff as doctors.”