Fake News

Ep 38: What Happens Next Will Blow Your Mind! Using Natural Language Processing to Find Fake News, Satire, and Clickbait – with guests Dr. Victoria Rubin and her Group

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Where do you get your news from? Can you trust it?  Gone are the days when most people read the newspaper.  Instead, many people now get their news from their Facebook feed, Twitter, or a host of other online sources.  Unfortunately, amid the cat videos and photos of friends, it may be hard to tell […]

philosophy of the self

Ep. 37: The Philosophy of the Self: From Spirituality to Neuroscience – with guest Dr. Evan Thompson

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What is the self? Does the collection of neurons in our brains define the entirety of who we are?    Modern day neuroscience attempts to explain who we are through understanding how the brain works, sometimes even trying to find a single entity that can be labeled as the “self”.  Yet, for thousands of years, […]

Climate Change, Religion, and Ethics – A Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspective (rerun)

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SparkDialog Podcasts is currently on break until February 6th with Season 3.  In the meantime, enjoy this best of episode. Climate change is often viewed as a political problem. But in reality, it is a scientific issue, and perhaps equally as important, it is a moral and spiritual issue. How are religious communities responding?  Today we […]

space ethics

Ep. 36: Getting a Second Chance: Space Ethics, Mining, and Colonization – with guest Dr. Tony Milligan

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Living among the stars has long been a dream of humanity.  But as we begin to step off this Earth and colonize other planets, many will argue: do we deserve a second chance? With climate change, over-exploitation of natural resources, and man-made ecological problems on this planet, we should stop and wonder – what can […]

prosthetic hand

Ep. 35: Lending a Hand – a Prosthetic Hand – with guests Dr. David Grow and His Group

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Imagine you’re having a bad day.  In the blink of an eye, a household accident causes you to loose the fingers on one hand.  You go from having a normal life to having nothing ever being the same again.  Flipping a pancake, hammering a nail, or combing your hair become seemingly unsurmountable challenges. Not too […]

Zombees

Ep. 34: Zombees! A Halloween Episode – with guest Dr. John Hafernik

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One day a few years ago, zombees were discovered in San Francisco. No, not zombies.  No brains were eaten, or undead reanimated.  We’re talking about zombees.  This is an affliction currently affecting honeybees in North America.  These bees have their bodies hijacked by a parasite that slowly eats them from the inside out.  As these […]

Privacy Concerns

Ep. 32: Humanitarian and Privacy Concerns with AI – with guest Dr. Rumman Chowdhury

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You may not realize it, but big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence affect your life on a daily basis. Companies can gain information about you through such things as your internet usage patterns, the location data from your cell phone, and the photos you upload to the internet. You may think you understand what […]

Women in Science

Ep. 31: Women in Science – Ruby Payne-Scott – with guest Dr. Miller Goss

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Within the last century, things have changed significantly for women in science.  At the beginning of the 20th century, women rarely were educated in science, and seldom became professional scientists.  Yet there were a few brilliant women who rose to the top.  Today we are discussing one of them – Ruby Payne-Scott. In today’s podcast, […]