This week on The Virtual Skeptics
- Bob emits a foul odor;
- Eve doesn’t drink…wine;
- Barb fails to put in a joke;
- And Tim is spreading rumors on Twitter.
The panel this week (left to right) was Brian Gregory (host), Tim Farley, Robert Blaskiewicz, Eve Siebert and Barbara Drescher. (Eve drops out during part of the show).
Brian’s segment (at 3:56)
Toshiba builds creepy android, still not better that Disney’s Hall of Presidents http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/humanoids/toshiba-aiko-communication-android
SpaceX Planning to Land Autonomous Reusable Rockets on Drone Ships http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/military-robots/spacex-planning-to-land-autonomous-reusable-rockets-on-drone-ships-next-month
Bob’s segment (at 21:07)
Barb’s segment (at 31:51)
Old Tactic Gets New Use: Public Schools Separate Girls and Boys http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/01/education/single-sex-education-public-schools-separate-boys-and-girls.html
Eve’s segment (at 48:49)
Lesley A. Gregoricka, Tracy K. Betsinger, Amy B. Scott, Marek Polcyn, (2014) “Apotropaic Practices and the Undead: A Biochemical Assessment of Deviant Burials in Post-Medieval Poland.” PLoS ONE 9(11). http://www.plosone.org/article/fetchObject.action?uri=info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0113564&representation=PDF
Sledzik, P., & Bellantoni, N. (1994). Bioarcheological and biocultural evidence for the New England vampire folk belief American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 94 (2), 269-274
Tim’s segment (at 59:31)
Twitter Trails: http://twittertrails.com/
They claim false rumors propagate differently than true ones: https://blogs.wellesley.edu/twittertrails/2014/11/17/false-rumors-do-not-propagate-like-true-ones/
FluxFlow is just a research paper for now: http://vialab.science.uoit.ca/wordpress/wp-content/papercite-data/pdf/zha2014a.pdf
Watch a demo of the FluxFlow UI here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZMubJ0v32Q
Announcements (at 1:10:34)
Bob and Tim have segments on Skepticality this week.
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