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The Skeptic Zone #431 - 22 Jan 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:15

Skeptics stand by Bent Spoon Nomination

The National Institute of Complementary Medicine was less than pleased to be nominated for this award. Will Australian Skeptics back down? NO!

http://www.skeptics.com

0:15:22

How Uri Geller convinced the CIA he was a 'psychic warrior'

Thoughts on Spoon Bending and the CIA from over 40 years ago.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk

https://www.amazon.com/Truth-About-Uri-Geller/dp/0879751991

Experiments wiht Uri Geller 1972 - Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3MsqnWtMWY

0:28:00

Homeopthic Vets - Update

The RCVS standards committee has announced it is to review the college’s guidance on homeopathy and other alternative and complementary veterinary medicines and therapies. - By David Woodmansey.

https://www.vettimes.co.uk

0:32:23

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

https://www.australiascience.tv/tags/brew-ha-ha

With Ben Lewis

As the Juno spacecraft has finally entered Jupiter's orbit, the first images of Jupiter and the 3 moons, Europa, Io and Ganymede have been sent back to Earth. And these pretty pictures are purely for the enjoyment of humans rather than any specific scientific reason!

Further reading via ScienceAlert: http://bit.ly/29TMBFd

Have you ever realised that you talk to babies and puppies in the exact same way? Scientists have found out why we default to that high pitched voice - and it's actually doing them good.

Further reading via BBC: http://bbc.in/2j2YqMR

0:34:45

Stranger Things Down Under

Join us on an exploration of Sydney’s ‘Upside Down’: the weird, wacky and wonderful, from the woo you’ve always wondered about, to cool museums and quirky experiences. All with a group of fabulous like minded sceptics.

https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder

0:37:12

Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev

More in the series of interviews from QED. This week Eran is joined by Matt Parker, possibly the only person to hold the prestigious title of London Mathematical Society Popular Lecturer while simultaneously having a sold-out comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Matt is always keen to mix his two passions of mathematics and stand-up.

http://standupmaths.com

Also...

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub - TIM FERGUSON from the Doug Anthony All Stars
https://www.meetup.com/AustSkeptics/events/235901193

Richard Saunders appaers on the E.S.P. podcst
http://theesp.eu/podcast_archive/episode_056_richard_saunders.html

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_431_170122.mp3




The Skeptic Zone #430 - 15 Jan 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:55

Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev

More in the series of interviews from QED. This week Eran is joined from the Czech Skeptics Club Sisyfos, Claire Klingenberg who talks about the 17th European Skeptics Congress.

17TH EUROPEAN SKEPTICS CONGRESS - September 2017
http://euroscepticscon.org

http://www.sysifos.cz

0:13:30

Four 'Psychics' put to a test, in 1993

Skeptic John Foley took on four of Adelaide's top mystics and seers in the 1990s on national TV to see if any could predict the future. I bet none of them predicted podcastings!

A lesson in pychology.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMdscAygyXI

0:26:40

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

https://www.australiascience.tv/tags/brew-ha-ha

With Casey Harrigan

What will science in 2017 hold in store? Here are our predictions for what science stories will make headlines in 2017.

https://www.australiascience.tv/videos/brew-ha-ha-science-predictions-2017

0:29:25

Maynard's Spooky Action...

More of Maynard's favourate podcasts

What would we find if we looked on Maynard's iPod? A mix of science and mystery.

http://maynard.com.au

Exposing PseudoAstronomy Podcast
http://podcast.sjrdesign.net

Inception Radio Network
https://inceptionradionetwork.com

Dark Matter Digital Network
http://darkmatterdigitalnetwork.com

Also...

Richard Saunders appaers on the E.S.P. podcst
http://theesp.eu/podcast_archive/episode_056_richard_saunders.html

Claire Klingenberg

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_430_170115.mp3



The Skeptic Zone #429 - 8 Jan 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:06:55

The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble

Health and Wellness Woo! - This week Mandy-Lee looks at MTHFR Gene Testing. Is it valid? Is it of use? Find out with the first report from 'The Diet Skeptic'.

0:16:25

Why the RCVS must prevent vets from prescribing homeopathy

Homeopathic care for animals?

The case against homeopathy has never been clearer, with every well-controlled study showing these remedies are no more effective than a placebo. This is to be expected, as homeopathic treatments contain no active substances at all. - Danny Chambers

http://tinyurl.com/gq2lxrb

0:30:26

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

https://www.australiascience.tv/tags/brew-ha-ha

With Casey Harrigan

Helium gas has finite uses as it escapes into the atmosphere. Helium has uses beyond party balloons - it's important for science, medicine and technology. Uses include MRI machines, deep sea exploration, Large Hadron Collider and rockets!
Global supplies of helium was predicted to run out within 20 years until recently when a helium gas field in Tanzania was discovered. This will give us an extra 7 years of world helium supplies.

Further reading via ABC: http://ab.co/29bnTm3

While we might be looking forward to drinking mojitos and splashing around at the beach, a big season is in store for the intrepid people based in Antarctica this year.

Find out more about the holy grail of climate science: http://ab.co/2htF96a
Read more about the largest all-female expedition: http://bit.ly/2hkao67

0:35:00

La Brea Tar Pits and the Space Shuttle Endeavor

Join Andrew Dunning and Richard Saunders has they wander around the old and the new! From ancient animals to the space-age, all in Los Angeles.

http://www.tarpits.org/

https://californiasciencecenter.org/exhibits/air-space/space-shuttle-endeavour

Also...

Better Geology with Andrew Dunning
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq--FLzG6qxx9VHAsabZm4A/videos

Calle Amistad - New traditional Cuban Music
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1269796553/calle-amistad-an-album-of-new-traditional-cuban-mu

Mandy-Lee Noble

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_429_170108.mp3



The Skeptic Zone #428 - 1 Jan 2017

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:44

New Zealand Skeptics 2016 Conference

This week we chat to Mark Honeychurch, a Wellington based skeptic and consumer advocate. He is also the Chair of the NZ Skeptics.

http://skeptics.nz

0:16:30

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

https://www.australiascience.tv/tags/brew-ha-ha

With Ben Lewis

The Australian Federal Court has ordered internet companies to block five bittorrent websites in a big crackdown against internet piracy. But what will be the consequences of this extreme legislation?

Further reading via ABC: http://ab.co/2hzW4a0

Here are our top 3 biggest science surprises of 2016!
Tesla driverless cars in an overnight upgrade, the unexpected Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster, and streets becoming overwhelmed by those immersed in the augmented reality of Pokemon Go.

0:20:41

The Cass Files - With Dr Cassandra Perryman

Cannabis, hashish, hemp, sinsemilla; informalpot, dope, grass, weed, Mary Jane, bud, hash, bhang, kef, ganja, locoweed; reefer, doob, spliff, toke, roach... get the idea? Cassanddra gives us her view on the drug of choice of many throughout the world.

0:29:10

NSW government to investigate AVsN fund-raising

The Australian newspaper reports that NSW Fair Trading authorities will investigate the Australian Vaccination-sceptics Network (AVSN) for “potential breaches of the Charitable Fundraising Act and the Associations Incorporation Act”.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2016/12/28/nsw-government-to-investigate-avsn-fund-raising

0:36:40

Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev

More in the series of interviews from QED. This week Eran talks with Noah and Eli from the Scathing Atheist Podcast.

https://scathingatheist.com

 

Mark Honeychurch

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_428_170101.mp3



The Skeptic Zone #427 - 25 December 2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:38

New Zealand Skeptics 2016 Conference

This week we chat to Loretta Marron and find out the latest news from the 'Friends of Science in Medicine'.

http://www.scienceinmedicine.org.au

0:16:07

Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev

More in the series of interviews from QED. This week Eran talks with Michael Marshall, Nicola Throp and Geoff Whelan. What does it take these days to host a skeptical convention?

0:35:24

Maynard's Spooky Action...

A very Maynard Christmas messge

Ho Ho Ho, it's to the cafe we go and chat to Maynard. What does this international star do on Christmas day? Does anyone really care? Find out with Maynard.

http://maynard.com.au


Also...

Richard Saunders talks in California, Dec. 2016

BAS Skeptalk : Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Click here to book

OC Science Club : Friday, December 30, 2016 - 7:00pm
Del Frisco's Grille
772 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, California 92618
Click here to book

The Jellybean Lady

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_427_161225.mp3



The Skeptic Zone #426 - 18 December 2016

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:45

Grain of Salt.... with Eran Segev

More in the series of interviews from QED. This week Eran talks with Britt Hermes, a former naturopathic 'doctor' who shares the hard truths about naturopathic medicine to protect patients. Her message is "Please don't be fooled by natural and alternative medicine."

https://www.naturopathicdiaries.com

0:14:09

New Zealand Skeptics 2016 Conference

This week we chat to Susan Gerbic and find out the latest on Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia. What can you do to help?

Susan Gerbic at Puzzling World (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OObcuaiLwI8&t=7s

0:26:16

Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

https://www.australiascience.tv/tags/brew-ha-ha

With Casey Harrigan

2016 has been a momentous year. Here we give our top 3 biggest science news of 2016! Here's to 2017!

Watch more:
Zika virus: http://bit.ly/2hm2o1i
Paris agreement: http://bit.ly/2gcXP8f
Gravitational waves: http://bit.ly/LKgravwaves

It's been a big year for sci-fi films, but who pulled it off the best? We review the best and worst movie scientists from 2016.

Ever think "I wish my robot could sweat"?
Well your dreams have been answered thanks to ingenious research from Japan. Say hello to Kengoro, a 1.7m tall, 56kg musculoskeletal humanoid.

Further reading via IEEE Spectrum: http://bit.ly/2eHscrk

0:31:34

Cancer Reseach in Australia

Guest reporter Kevin Davies interviews Prof. Ross Hannan, head of the department of cancer biology and therapeutics at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU College of Medicine. What is the latest news on cancer research and what is the link to Jackie Chan?

http://jcsmr.anu.edu.au/people/ross-hannan

Also...

Richard Saunders talks in California, Dec. 2016

BAS Skeptalk : Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 7:30pm
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA
Click here to book

OC Science Club : Friday, December 30, 2016 - 7:00pm
Del Frisco's Grille
772 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, California 92618
Click here to book

Britt Hermes

Direct download:
the_skeptic_zone_426_161218.mp3



The Vaccination Chonicles
 
Solar Flare

Featuring

Verna Morris, Maureen Chuck, Ken McLeod, Monica Saville, Dr Richard Gordon, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, John Bundock, Peter Bowditch and Lauren Cochrane with Ada and Jack.

YouTube
http://youtu.be/mTprFOmIjIg

Buy the DVD

 

Solar Flare logoThe Band of Power

Join the cast of the Skeptic Zone Podcast, and host of special guests, in their first audio adventure as they board the Australian Space Ship Solar Flare to fight the forces of woo thoughout the galaxy!

Also featuring the hit song
FAR by George Hrab.

It's old time radio from the future!

Solar Flare episode 1


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