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The Skeptic Zone #286 - 13.April.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:05:15 Press release from Australian Skeptics

The press release from Australian Skeptics on the National Health & Medical Research Council draft information paper on the effectiveness of homeopathy.
0:12:20 Homeopathy Awareness Week

Lauren Cochrane from the Canberra Skeptics reads the information from this new web site.
0:18:00 Science vs. Homeopathy

Audio of a short TV debate between Professor John Dwyer and Australian Homeopathic Association's Ana Lamaro
0:21:10 We can't have it both ways on homeopathy

Opinion piece by Dr Ken Harvey
0:28:50 Evidence, Please.

Jo Alabaster with news on the Better Health Channel's web posting on homeopathy.
0:35:05 Press release from Homeopathy Plus

A response to the findings of the National Health & Medical Research Council
0:41:00 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:44:35 Dr Rachie Reports with Dr Rachael Dunlop

Acupuncture jumping the gun. Acupuncture in emergency departments. Bad science and bad practice.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

National Health & Medical Research Council draft information paper

Homeopathy Awareness Week

Evidence, Please. - with Jo Alabaster

Australian Skeptics National Convention

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Homeopathy



Solar Flare - The Band of Power

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  “Solar Flare - The Band of Power” - Audio Space Adventre

Starring - Richard Saunders, Stefan Sojka, Rachael Dunlop, Dianne Verstappen, Maynard, Travis Roy, Penny Chan, Rebecca Jones, Eran Segev, Joanne Benhamu and Krissy Wilson

Special guests - Brian Dunning and Jay Novella

Script and production - Richard Saunders

Music - Stefan Sojka

“Far” written and performed - George Hrab

Narration - Jim Wilshire

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The Skeptic Zone #285 - 6.April.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:05:25 Michael Kruse from Bad Science Watch

Bad Science Watch is an independent non-profit consumer protection watchdog and science advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by countering bad science.
0:32:45 Your Stars For April

With our very own Astrologer, Dr Duarf Ekaf
0:38:50 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:41:40 Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

A chat to some pubbers about other events going on around Sydney

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Bad Science Watch

Australian Skeptics National Convention

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Michael Kruse


The Skeptic Zone #284 - 30.March.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:05:25 Dr Besh Saab... from Mars! (Sort of)

Besh answers listener questions about his possible mission to Mars.
0:16:30 Media reports on the some worrying vaccination rates

Reports from Radio 2UE and TV's Studio 10
0:22:50 Robert Blaskiewicz and the Burzynski petition

An important update on the ongoing Burzynski story.
0:29:00 Australian Skeptics Dinner Meeting

Remarks from Richard Saunders at the Sydney meeting.
0:38:00 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:42:10 ScamWatch from the ACCC

Do you get calls from people claiming they can fix your computer? The ACCC has some good advice.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

ScamWatch

Austraian Skeptics National Convention

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Shameless! - A Madd Club Reunion (or something)

Show 280 - Photo of the Mars mission


The Skeptic Zone #283 - 23.March.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:06:00 An interview with Kirill Alferov from the Russian Skeptics

In a first for the Skeptics Zone, we chat to a representative from the Russian Skeptics and discover that science and reason are alive and well in Moscow.
0:23:54 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:27:30 Dr Rachie Reports with Dr Rachael Dunlop

From 2009, Dr Rachie's first report on the AVN. How things have changed!
0:41:30 An interview with Frank Mosher from the Sacramento Area Skeptics

The Sacramento Area Skeptics were created in 2008 in an effort to organize a way for skeptics in the Sacramento area to meet one another. They organize lectures, co-host the annual SkeptiCal Conference, and host monthly social gatherings where like minds can discuss various topics over a pint. They work to promote science and critical thinking in the area and around the world and hope you join them in their effort.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Skeptic Society in Russia

Sacramento Area Skeptics

The Skeptics' Book of Pooh-Pooh with Dr Rachie

Austraian Skeptics National Convention

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Shameless! - A Madd Club Reunion (or something)

Show 280 - Photo of the Kremlin


The Skeptic Zone #282 - 16.March.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:06:30 An interview with Daniel Loxton

Daniel joins us to chat about his new book, Plesiosaur Peril (Tales of Prehistoric Life). A group of plesiosaurs -- ocean-dwelling cousins of the dinosaurs -- keeps safe by swimming in a family pod. But then one baby plesiosaur swims too far from its mother and attracts the attention of something very large and very hungry, and the struggle for survival is on. A unique blend of digital artwork and landscape photography illustrates this thrilling encounter.
0:21:43 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:25:37 Dr Rachie Reports with Dr Rachael Dunlop

Who are the "Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network"? Find out with Dr Rachie.
0:36:13 Maynard's Spooky Action...

Maynard takes Richard on a tour of a local record bar, just for fun!

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Plesiosaur Peril - Tales of Prehistoric Life

The Skeptics' Book of Pooh-Pooh with Dr Rachie

Austraian Skeptics National Convention

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Shameless! - A Madd Club Reunion (or something)

Show 280 - Photo of Daniel Loxton


The Skeptic Zone #281 - 9.March.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:03:25 An interview with Dr Besh Saab

We chatch up with the man who hopes to one of the first people on Mars.
0:22:30 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:25:40 Maynard's Spooky Action...

Maynard takes us into the operation theatre of his local vet. Will Tinkerbell the 19 year old cat pull through?
0:40:49 Picking the Cosmos Winners

Just how do we come up with a number between 1 and 1,000,000,000? Find out!
0:44:53 Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

Chatting with pubbers... The question this time is what should the AVN be called now?

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Mars Desert Research Station

UNICEF Gifts

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Show 280 - Photo of Besh Saab


The Skeptic Zone #280 - 2.March.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:03:42 An interview with Chas Licciardello

Dr Rachie Dunlop and Richard Saunders head over to ABC TV to chat to Chas who is one of the team behind 'The Checkout'.
0:28:42 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:31:45 Ann Druyan and Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson

Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey is a follow-up to Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan. The new series' presenter will be Neil deGrasse Tyson. The executive producers are Seth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Cosmos Showing on National Geographic Channel Australia - Sunday, 16 March at 7:30pm

The Checkout on ABC TV

Brisbane Skepticamp

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Show 280 - Photo of Chas from the checkout


The Skeptic Zone #279 - 23.February.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:06:20 An interview with Ann Druyan and Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson

Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey is a follow-up to Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan. The new series' presenter will be Neil deGrasse Tyson. The executive producers are Seth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan.
0:32:38 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:36:35 Dr Rachie Reports with Dr Rachael Dunlop

An interview with Dr Ken Harvey who tells us more about the proposed deal between Swisse Wellness and La Trobe University.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Cosmos Showing on National Geographic Channel Australia - Sunday, 16 March at 7:30pm

QED Con - April in Manchester

La Trobe – Swisse update - Dr Ken Harvey

Planet Maynard

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Show 279 Neil deGrasse Tyson - Ann Druyan


The Skeptic Zone #278 - 9.February.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:04:50 A Chat with Prof. Richard Wiseman

Richard Wiseman is Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. He is also the man behind many viral videos and best selling books.
0:36:50 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

The Science of Doctor Who

Center For Applied Rationality (CFAR) Workshops

Flying Teapot

Rationalist Society

Green Lantern Troop

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Show 278 Prof Richard Wiseman


The Skeptic Zone #277 - 9.February.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:04:16 Ken Harvey quits over Swisse-La Trobe deal rejected by other unis

A report from the Australian Skeptics Website.
0:11:11 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:14:10 Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews from Skeptics in the Pub

Rob Byrne from Rotary on the End Polio Now campaign
Joanne Benhamu
Margaret-Ann Tait
Rob from Brazil
Jo Alabaster
Peter Bowdtich

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Ken Harvey quits over Swisse-La Trobe deal

End Polio Now campaign

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Show 277 End Polio Now


The Skeptic Zone #276 - 2.February.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:03:00 An interview with Loretta Marron OAM

Loretta Marron, three-time winner of Australian Skeptics’ Skeptic of the Year award, has been granted a 2014 Medal (OAM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia “for service to community health”. Loretta has made great contributions to public health and the exposure of dangerous and discredited treatments that profit through offering spurious cures to the vulnerable and ill, and is a highly worthy recipient of this award.
0:20:40 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:24:00 Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews with delegates and guests at the Australian Skeptics Convention.

This week Maynard chats to...

Dr Erin Hestir PhD
Some more 'Agent Smiths'
Mike McRae
Richard Saunders, Jo Alabaster and more people at the close of the convention.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Loretta Marron wins Order of Australia

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Show 276 Photo of Loretta Marron OAM


The Skeptic Zone #275 - 25.January.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:02:50 An interview with Jeff Wagg

Guest reporter Andrew Gould chats to Jeff Wagg about the College of Curiosity and Skeptical Cruises.
0:17:10 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:20:10 A Penny for your Thoughts

Penny Chan visits Sydney for a cup of tea and a catch up.
0:26:10 The Think Tank

Join our team for insights on the skeptical news of the day. This week we have Dr Rachie Dunlop, Dr Steve Roberts, Stefan Sojka, Jo and Marcos Benhamu and Richard Saunders.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Jeff Wagg

Meat in a Park

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub

Surfcoast Summer Skepticamp

Society for Science-Based Medicine

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Show 275 Jeff Wagg


The Skeptic Zone #274 - 17.January.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:05:20 An interview with Susan Gerbic

Susan chats about Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia - GSoW and her experiences with breast cancer.
0:22:00 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:25:53 Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews with delegates and guests at the Australian Skeptics Convention.

This week Maynard chats to...

Skeptic of the Year, Professor Simon Chapman
Cris Kennedy Director, CSIRO Discovery Centre and the 'Land Research Mural'
Dan Buzzard and anti-vaxxers

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia

Land Research Mural at Canberra's Black Mountain laboratories

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Show 274 Susan Gerbic


The Skeptic Zone #273 - 13.January.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:03:35 An interview with Dr Simon Singh

Simon chats about his new book, "The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets" as well as the recent changes to the libel laws in England.
0:26:30 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:29:55 Maynard's Spooky Action...

What will 2014 bring us? Maynard asks skeptical people at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub for their predictions.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets

America's Imaginary Hostage Crisis

WIDE-LP 99.1 FM

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Show 273 Dr Simon Singh


The Skeptic Zone #272 - 4.January.2014

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:02:40 An interview with Dr Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie Scott is a physical anthropologist who has been the executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) since 1987. She is a leading critic of young earth creationism and intelligent design.
0:37:00 A stoll around Google

Richard Saunders chats to Chris who work at Google HQ.
0:42:40 Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews with delegates and guests at the Australian Skeptics Convention.

This week Maynard chats to...

Dr Steve Roberts
Shelley Stocken

0:53:35 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

National Center for Science Education

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub - 9th of Jan. at the Crown Hotel

Canberra Skeptics

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Show 272 Dr Eugenie Scott


The Skeptic Zone #271 - 28.December.2013

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
0:02:50 Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews with delegates and guests at the Australian Skeptics Convention.

This week Maynard chats to...

Shane Greenup
Jo Alabaster
Peter Bowditch

0:26:10 Predictions for 2013 from Skeptics

Maynard in January 2013 asking Skeptics for their predictions

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

rbutr

Sydney Skeptics in the Pub - 9th of Jan. at the Crown Hotel

Wollongong Skeptics in the Pub

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Show 271 rbutr logo


The Skeptic Zone #270 - 21.December.2013

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
and Stefan Sojka
0:05:26 Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews with delegates and guests at the Australian Skeptics Convention.

This week Maynard chats to...

Prof. Chris French
Ruth Ellison and Alastair D'Silva
Jo Alabaster

0:23:25 Dr Rachie Reports... with Dr Rachael Dunlop

Dr Rachie and Richard take a look at the big events of 2013
0:32:30 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:36:20 Predictions for 2013

Richard and Stefan take a look at the 'psychic' predictions that were made for 2013

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Skeptic Action

Show 70 Photo of Chris French


The Skeptic Zone #269 - 15.December.2013

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0:00:00 Introduction

Richard Saunders
and Stefan Sojka
0:06:05 Maynard's Spooky Action...

Interviews with delegates and guests at the Australian Skeptics Convention.

This week Maynard chats to...

Dr Paul Willis
Agent Smith
Tim Medham
Dr Rachie

0:33:15 A Week in Science

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) is a national scientific not-for-profit organisation with a mission to bring science to people and people to science.
0:37:20 An interview with Sharon Hill

A review of Doubtful News over the past 12 months

As mentioned on the Skeptic Zone...

Doubtful News

Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus)

Show 269 Photo of Dr Willis

 


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