This Week on The Virtual Skeptics:
- Bob casts out demons in the name of JAY-sus;
- Eve’s is bloody minded;
- And Tim is defending Dr. Oz?
The panel this week was (left to right) Brian Gregory, Tim Farley, Robert Blaskiewicz and Eve Siebert.
Eve’s segment (at 4:19)
DN: The Pope’s latest miracle hype is really lame http://doubtfulnews.com/2015/03/the-popes-latest-miracle-hype-is-really-lame/
Wikipedia, Januarius http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Januarius
Michael Epstein, Luigi Garlaschelli, “Better Blood through Chemistry: A Laboratory Replication of a Miracle.” Journal of Scientific Exploration 6 (1992): 233-46. http://www.scientificexploration.org/journal/jse_06_3_epstein.pdf
Luigi Garlaschelli, Franco Ramaccini, Sergio Della Sala, “A Thixotropic mixture like the blood of Saint Januarius (San Gennaro)” Orig. published in Nature 353, Oct. 10, 1991. https://www.cicap.org/new/articolo.php?id=100063
Luigi Garlaschelli, Franco Ramaccini, Sergio Della Sala, “The Blood of St. Januarius.” Orig. published in Chemistry in Britain., 30, 2, 123 (1994) http://www.cicap.org/new/articolo.php?id=101014
Bob’s segment (at 23:00)
Benny Hinn’s heart problems: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2015/03/24/faith-healer-benny-hinn-is-admitted-to-intensive-care-for-heart-problems/
Tim’s segment (at 43:32)
Tim’s blog “I defended Dr. Oz on Wikipedia – and you should too.” https://skeptools.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/defended-dr-mehmet-oz-wikipedia-vandalism/
Tim’s earlier how-to on removing vandalism: https://skeptools.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/wikipedia-101-step-ii-patrol-for-vandalism/
Brian’s segment (at 53:09)
NASA’s Super Ball Bot Could Be the Best Design for Planetary Exploration http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/military-robots/nasa-super-ball-bot
Announcements (at 1:03:30)
Bob and Eve and Tim have segments on this week’s Skepticality
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