TRC #629: COVID-19 Sniffing Canines + Thought-To-Image Generation + Skin Asphyxiation

Cristina digs into headlines claiming dogs can sniff out coronavirus with impressive accuracy. Darren looks into whether we currently have the technology to generate images just by using our thoughts. After recently watching the classic James Bond flick ‘Goldfinger’, Adam investigates whether a person can actually die from skin suffocation. 

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COVID-19 Sniffing Canines

These sniffer dogs are learning to smell the coronavirus

With impressive accuracy, dogs can sniff out coronavirus

Dogs can be trained to detect Covid-19 by sniffing human sweat, study suggests

When international travel resumes, Canada’s borders and airports will be very different

England’s COVID-19 reopening plan jeopardized by rapid spread of Delta variant

10 delta variant cases connected to outbreak at Calgary hospital were fully immunized

Thought-To-Image Generation

High-performance brain-to-text communication via imagined handwriting

Two Minute Papers Mind Reading

DALL·E: Creating Images from Text January 5, 2021

Two Minute Papers DALL-E

Skin Asphyxiation 

Can a full coat of body paint kill you? – How Stuff Works

Mammals can breathe through anus in emergencies, say Japanese researchers – South China Morning Post

Shirley Eaton – Wikipedia

MythBusters Pilot 3: Larry’s Lawn Chair Balloon, Poppy Seed Drug Test, Goldfinger – MythBusters

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2 Responses to TRC #629: COVID-19 Sniffing Canines + Thought-To-Image Generation + Skin Asphyxiation

  1. Phil says:

    So I,m listening to your reference to the South China Morning post. And oddly that topic seems weirdly familiar. So I had to figure out why…

    First, you get your science news from the South China Morning Post?! Come on! Get with the times, get your science news from Northern China Afternoon Times…

    But I figured it out, I’m a returning old school MMA (UFC) fan. Their is a joke regarding how “Wonderboy” managed to not pass out in a tight choke against Woodley. The joke is he mastered the ancient art of breathing from your but hole!

    On another note, returning to MMA, I was shocked to learn that the jokes about Deigo Shanchez and his “cornerman”,”coach” were serious. I was not expecting in this day that someone like Jushua Fabia still exists in modern combat sports. MMA was supposed to clear out this kind of stuff out of martial arts. Videos of his “training” and rambling audio on various podcasts. More like cult leader. It’s actually disturbing. It finally ended and Fabio would do a text book example of gaslighting. I shake my head on so many levels about this story.

    On another note, returning to MMA, the very last guy I expected would pop up. Former kickboxer Don “the Dragon”Wilson recently made some comments on the old Bloodsport movie. (Ramsey Dewey made a video on this topic) And guess which senile old man had to respond. Frank Dux! You would think in this day he would stick to his nonsensical ramblings at the retirement home about the “kumite” along with grandpa Simpson ramblings about “So, I tied an onion to my belt which was the style at the time.”

    I consider MMA as critical to modernizing martial arts so it it is disappointing to hear non humorous anecdotes still popping up these days.

  2. Rich W. says:

    The breathing via the anus thing actually makes a lot of sense to me because I know a lot of people who are always taking out of their ass. Thanks for another excellent episode.

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