Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it
takes to order a coffee
With Kelly Wong
In the green corner: South Australia's newly announced solar thermal
power plant. In the black corner: Queensland's proposed coal mine.
Which form of energy production will triumph? We know where we're
placing our bets
Ann Reid became the executive director of NCSE
in 2014. For 15 years she worked as a research biologist at the
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where she was responsible for
sequencing the 1918 flu virus. She served as a Senior Program Officer
at the NRC's Board on Life Sciences for five years and most recently,
as director of the American Academy of Microbiology.
Journal Science affects every part of our lives. It can determine
the foods we eat, the clothes we weareven the video games we play.
But how do you tell the good science from the bad? Bite into Nibbling
on Einstein's Brain and learn some winning strategies for
sorting the good from the misleading in science.
This week Dr Rachie interviews Craig Egan about
the Vaxxed bus is tour across the USA, spreading fear and disinformation
about vaccines. Craig is following their route, refuting them with
facts and evidence and sometimes lulz at every stop.
TGA’s list of medical indications
full of pseudoscience
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has published a draft
list of “permitted indications” for listed complementary
medicines that includes many terms and concepts that are straight
out of the pseudoscience catalogue.
Professor John Carver has been Director of the
Research School of Chemistry at the Australian National University
in Canberra. He undertook his undergraduate (First-class Honours)
degree in Chemistry at the University of Adelaide. In 1983, he was
awarded his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the Australian National
University and subsequently undertook post-doctoral studies in Biochemistry
at the Universities of Oxford and Adelaide.
We join Dr Paul Doherty at San Francisco's premier
science outreach centre, the Exploratorium. Will
Richard Saunders fall through the looking-glass? Why are there so
many sciecne teachers in the building? Find out all this and more
as we take a guided tour.
Dr Ken Harvey, one of Australia’s leading campaigners against
pseudomedicine, has been honoured with a Member (AM) in the general
division of the Order of Australia in the recent Queen’s Birthday
Harvey is well-known to Skeptics for his ongoing battle, both through
and with the Therapeutic Goods Administration, over claims made
by alt med companies in their advertising and promotional material.
His complaints have all been upheld upon investigation.
Our international correspondent from Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia
reports on the recent SkeptiCal meeting and travels to Los Angeles
to attend the world premiere of the new science outreach documentary,
Principles of Curiosity.
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!
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