TRC #365: Reproducibility of Psychological Science + Are Octopuses Aliens? + Happy Birthday TRC!

octoThe Reality Check celebrates its 7th birthday! This week we’re bringin’ the science and the sci-fi with two fact-filled segments. First, Darren kicks things off with an analysis of the Reproducibility Project which looks at experimental and correlational studies published in the field of Psychological Science. Adam dives head first into recent DNA studies on octopuses and the resulting headlines suggesting they come from an alien world.

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SHOW NOTES

Reproducibility of Psychological Science

Science

NYtimes

Are Octopuses Aliens?

Don’t freak out, but scientists think octopuses ‘might be aliens’ after DNA study – Irish Examiner

Friday Cephalopod: ItÌs not really an alien – Pharyngula

I repeat: Octopuses are NOT aliens – Pharyngula

The octopus genome and the evolution of cephalopod neural and morphological novelties – Nature

Scientists declare that octopuses are basically aliens – Geek.com

Evolution 101: No, an Octopus is not an Alien – From Quarks to Quasars

Octopuses ”are aliens”, scientists decide after DNA study – Metro News

Landmark sequencing of octopus genome shows basis for intelligence, camouflage – UChicago News

Convergent Evolution – Octopus

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One Response to TRC #365: Reproducibility of Psychological Science + Are Octopuses Aliens? + Happy Birthday TRC!

  1. Ian says:

    Given the “P-value” part of the conversation on this episode. and the 19 in 20 experiments that didn’t get published… I saw again this comic and linked the two conversations in my mind…

    http://www.xkcd.com/882/

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