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TRC #669: Coronal Mass Ejection + The Technology Trap
In March of this year, auroras were seen in many places on earth. Though the auroras are usually seen far up north on the globe they can occur further south. But what are the risks associated with this kind of … Continue reading
TRC #668: Dark Chocolate Has Heavy Metals? + What Happened To The Dinosaurs?
A recent study done by Consumer Reports shows that dark chocolate bars contain lead and cadmium. Should you be concerned? Cristina digs into it. Next, after watching the movie “65”, Adam looks at the debate about how dinosaurs went extinct … Continue reading
TRC#667: A Chat With Karl Mamer
Pat puppeteers a delicious intro. Finally, what took us so long? We had a chat with Canadian podcast pioneer and author Karl Mamer. Karl has a new book out called “The Skeptics Book of Lists”. He’s a fascinating character with … Continue reading
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TRC #666: The Number Of The Beast Origins + Name That: Spot The Fake
Welcome to episode 6-6-6! Darren does a deep dive on the digits steeped in the Book of Revelation and why some historically associate it with the ‘number of the beast’. Pat challenges the crew to a fresh and always fun … Continue reading
TRC #665: Is It Safe To Stand In Front of Microwave Ovens? Interview with Dr. Roman Yampolskiy About The Simulation Hypothesis
Cristina investigates a pervasive belief that standing in front of a microwave oven poses health risks. Darren and Adam have another fascinating discussion with Dr. Roman Yampolskiy. This time it’s about his recent work regarding the Simulation Hypothesis, which proposes … Continue reading
TRC #664: Thundersnow + Customer Always Right? + A Look At “The Metaverse”
Cristina digs into the rare weather occurrence called thundersnow after witnessing lightning and thunder during a recent snowstorm. Adam checks the origins of ‘the customer is always right in matters of taste’, and asks, are they? Darren rounds out the … Continue reading
TRC #663: Interview with Dr. Roman Yampolskiy About The Threat Of Advanced AI
Dr. Roman Yampolskiy is a computer scientist at the University of Louisville where he is the director of the Cyber Security Laboratory in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science. He is an author of over 100 publications including … Continue reading
TRC #662: Annual Prediction Show – 2023 Edition
In what has become a yearly ritual to highlight the futility of ‘predictions’, Adam, Producer Pat, and Cristina guess at what might happen in 2023 and revisit the panel’s 2022 predictions to see how they did. Download direct: mp3 file http://traffic.libsyn.com/therealitycheck/TRC_662.mp3
TRC #661: Isaac Asimov’s Laws Of Robotics + The Apple Logo = The Fall Of Man?
Happy New Year, Checkers! Darren lays out the Three Laws of Robotics, as devised by science fiction author Isaac Asimov, and why they are seemingly reasonable yet flawed. Adam bites into a segment about the Apple logo and ponders whether … Continue reading
TRC #660: Did Coca-Cola Conceive Modern Santa? + Eight Billion People?
‘Twas the night before Christmas so Cristina asks the proverbial question…did Coca-Cola really invent the now ubiquitous image of Santa Claus? Adam rounds out the show checking claims that the world’s population hit 8 billion people on November 15, 2022. … Continue reading