Episode #618

News Items

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          • Question #1: Electric Universe

              • Hey SGU team! I’ve been a listener for a couple years now and love the show. I had a friend trying to tell me a while ago how modern cosmology is wrong and that we live in an ‘electric universe’. His links seemed pretty bogus and threw up red flags right away. Have you ever covered this on the show? I tried to search if you had but couldn’t find anything. Thanks for any feedback! Keep up the great work!

            Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Science

              So far specimens have been found from at least 18 individuals, and researchers expect the cave contain many more specimens. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170509083554.htm

            • Item #2 Fiction

              Evidence suggests that the naledi bones were likely brought to the cave by predators. http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/news/151009_homonaledi

            • Item #3 Science

              Although the naledi specimens share primitive traits with Australopithecines millions of years old, the remains have been dated to between 335 and 236 thousand years ago. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170509083554.htm

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            ‘… all the atoms of our bodies will be blown into space in the disintegration of the solar system, to live on forever as mass or energy. That’s what we should be teaching our children, not fairy tales about angels and seeing grandma in heaven’ -Carolyn Porco