Tonight we’re talking about scary stories for the Halloween season. First we’ll talk about whether you should really be taking that Vitamin B supplement, point out an actual evil of Monsanto and DuPont and talk about Capitalism vs. Science. We’ll discuss just how much we can tell from a new study on German insects and then dive into two stories about blood and finish up with a description of the “Gates of Hell” in Turkmenistan and the tale of two local witches! Stay safe this Halloween! Science Responsibly!
This week we start out with a few announcements. After that we start the night by revisiting a story from last week and find that Viking script may not have been found on ribbons from a burial site – this is a great lesson in skepticism and confirmation bias. Next I give my opinion on the case against the Bladensburg Peace Cross. Then we have a couple of stories related to evolution, talk about a breakthrough in finding some of the missing matter in the universe, take a second to talk about the fact that scientists can now prove that alligators occasionally eat sharks, discuss dogs facial expressions in response to human notice, and lament the latest attack on basic science by Rand Paul.
Tonight we start with a soapbox reflection on prison workers and then on to science with a look at the Nocebo effect, potential mushroom bodies in Mantis Shrimp, salty Australian birds, calm some fears about the Yellowstone super volcano, and then return to a favorite subject- archeology with two stories: a newly deciphered text describing a mysterious people that may or may not be authentic and a new discovery of Arabic script on several Viking grave garments.