Episode #244

News Items

Who's That Noisy

  • Answer to last week: Lawrence Krauss

Interview with Greg Grunberg

  • http://www.talkaboutit.org/ National Walk for Epilepsy: http://efa.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=indexnew

Question # 1 – Power Balance

  • With Special Guest – Richard Saunders Message: Hi guys! Thanks for the great show. I started listening to your show in June 2009, and I’m currently at episode 211. Some friends of mine, who plan on running the Oslo Marathon this summer, came across something called a Power Balance bracelet, which is supposed to increase strength and balance for the athlete wearing the bracelet. I don’t know if you’ve discussed this on your show yet, but if not, you might find it interesting. As the product’s website (www.powerbalance.net) states: ’What is Power Balance? Power Balance is performance technology that uses holograms embedded with frequencies that react positively with your body’s natural energy field to improve balance, strength, and flexibility. ‘ This is just nonsense. Just silly new age terms, which sounds good to the uneducated, but makes no sense to a physicist. The problem is that many professional athletes are using these Power Balance items, as the website shows on the Press page. In Norway the bracelets are sold for about 90$. I hate to see people wasting their money on this crap, and athletes fronting this pseudo-science can have a large impact on younger athletes looking up to them. This youtube video shows a skeptic debunking the claimed effects: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd0Gb9EgkHA If you havent discussed the Power Balance bracelet yet, then it might make a fun segment on your show. Greetings from your fans in Norway, Jonathan Andersen Oslo, Norway

Science or Fiction

Skeptical Quote of the Week.