Skeptics with a K: Episode #241

Quitting cheese, Qikipedia, hormonal stew, and contract research.  Plus COMT, broken cafetières, air beds, and oscilloscopes.  Happy New Year from Skeptics with a K.

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  1. #1 by G. Shelley on January 10, 2019 - 16:17

    I was wondering, if, in her research into the potential adverse effects of drinking milk, Alice came across anything that justifies the current pushing of skimmed/semi skimmed milk over whole milk?
    I have tried to look into this in the past, and couldn’t find any research comparing the two. I had thought that perhaps there are fat soluble hormones that might be removed in skimmed milk, and that I had once seen a claim that these might cause increased occurrence of breast cancer, but again, couldn’t find anything to support this, and from what Alice said, this sounds unlikely?
    Is it just a calories thing? People think the 5-10 calories they save by using skimmed in their coffee compared to whole milk makes a difference? Or is it a “fat bad” thing?

  2. #2 by Cappy Charlie on January 11, 2019 - 09:28

    Surely the way to set the lowest automatic clock speed would be to have a switch triggered by the release of a new episode of InKredulous.

  3. #3 by Jason Jones on January 11, 2019 - 19:26

    One Netflix (also in Michael Pollens books) show called Cooked, episode 3, Michael Pollan, 39 minutes in, there is the argument from actual authorities that say we are not the only animal that cooks

  4. #4 by mmik on January 13, 2019 - 13:44

    I’m curious exactly what you’re using your oscilloscope for. I’m pretty new to them, so I might not be able to help, but basic functions aren’t so bad. Your Autoset button is going to be your friend. Attach your probe to the positive end of your component, and the ground (you’ll find it attached to the probe) to the other end. Then hit Autoset, and your system should automatically put your wave into focus.

    From there you should have some knobs or buttons that let you adjust it if necessary.

    There should also be a way to change which measurements are displayed, but I’m guessing they vary from model to model.

    If you use two probes at once, you may need to use the math function. One thing you can do is have a probe across source voltage, and a secondary one across a component: allowing you to see if your voltages are out of step with one-another.

    As far as actually applying that information, I have no idea. Haha

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