The Skeptic Zone

The Skeptic Zone

Canada

The Podcast from Australia for Science and Reason. Join Richard Saunders and the crew for interviews and reports from around the world.

Episodes

The Skeptic Zone #448 - 21.May.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:24
Government funding for UFO group
News reports read by Shelley Stocken, followed by an interview with leading UFO expert Dr Steve Roberts from Australian Skeptics.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/central-coast-ufo-group-funding-mystery-federal-minister-calls-for-urgent-review/news-story/0a8ddefe6910b00e67b660b40dcc06a6

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-18/porter-launches-probe-into-taxpayer-funding-of-ufo-group/8539084

0:25:00
Complementary medicines body under fire over evidence-based and environmental issues
The National Institute of Complementary Medicines is once again under fire for promoting unproven products, as well as having inconsistent views on the use of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicines.
The Australian Skeptics have renewed their campaign against the NICM, accusing it of “apparent endorsement of unproven ‘traditional medicine’ treatments”.

https://ajp.com.au/news/unproven-issues

0:31:53
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Casey Harrigan

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-earths-accidental-force-field/

Humanity has accidentally crafted ourselves a nifty little space bubble to protect us from cosmic radiation because of very low frequency radio transmissions to submarines. Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

0:34:33
Pro Vaccine Measures in 2017 Budget
The anti-vaccination lobby will not be pleased with the 2017 Federal Budget.
Following on its No Jab No Pay policy, the government has decided that families who fail to immunise their children and who fail to get a health check on their 4-year-olds will lose $28 a fortnight from the Family Tax Benefit.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/05/10/pro-vaccine-measures-in-2017-budget

0:39:11
Disabled boy in danger of malnutrition removed from parents
CHILD protection authorities have removed a severely disabled four-year-old from his parents because the boy was deemed at risk of serious harm due to malnutrition.
Last year his parents stopped the prescribed total nutrition formula diet fed through a tube into the boy’s stomach in favour of a “natural diet of pureed fruit and vegetables” and cannabis oil.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/disabled-boy-in-danger-of-malnutrition-removed-from-parents/news-story/e939768a2f0927b89fbd1abb2e8658ee

Also...

NECSS - New York https://necss.org
CSI Con - Las Vagus http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
SkepticCal - California http://www.skepticalcon.com
QED - Manchester qedcon.org

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar

The Skeptic Zone #447 - 14.May.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:08:24
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
Rates of Whooping Cough are on the increase in the very region of NSW infested by the anti-vaccination brigade. This week Heidi looks at this increasing problem for not only children, but for the rest of society.

Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters
http://nrvs.info

0:23:30
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Ben Lewis

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-csiro-email-leaks/

Emails leaked from the CSIRO show that it can sometimes be Scientist Vs Management ... but we've got a better idea about where scientific leaks should wind up!

0:25:20
EUROPEAN SKEPTICS CONGRESS
Claire Klingenberg joins us to talk about the 17th European Skeptics Congress.
17TH EUROPEAN SKEPTICS CONGRESS - September 2017

http://euroscepticscon.org

http://www.sysifos.cz

0:33:25
Dr Rachie Reports... with Dr Rachael Dunlop
From 2010, Dr Rachie and Dr Krissy Wilson appear on the Glenn Wheeler radio show to chat about Power Bands, UFOs and more.

Also...

Richard Saunders' radio segment on Cold Reading
http://www.4bc.com.au/podcast/richard-saunders-4

NECSS - New York https://necss.org
CSI Con - Las Vagus http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
SkepticCal - California http://www.skepticalcon.com

Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar/

The Skeptic Zone #446 - 7.May.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders
Includes interviews from Skeptics in the Pub and Susan Gerbic on the phone?

Susan Gerbic's talk
http://www.baskeptics.org

0:12:00
Interview with Michael Marshall
eBay removes listings for dangerous cancer ‘cure’ after investigation by Good Thinking
eBay has removed all listings for black salve after an investigation by Good Thinking revealed that the dangerous (and ineffective) alternative cancer ‘cure’ was not only available for purchase from the company’s website, but could be delivered via their ‘Click and Collect’ service to a large number of high street stores.

Good Thinking
http://goodthinkingsociety.org/

QED
https://qedcon.org/

0:31:20

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

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-britain-goes-coal-free/

Britain has gone coal-free for 24 hours for the first time since the Industrial Revolution!

0:35:16
Interview with Dr Paul Doherty - And Then You're Dead
What would happen if you stuck your head into a nuclear particle accelerator? What if you jumped into an interstellar black hole, or slipped out of a deep-sea submarine wearing only a pair of Speedos?

The Skeptic Zone #445 - 30.April.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:06:16
Ben Radford
A new skeptical podcast is in town! Squaring the Strange brings evidence-based analysis and commentary to a wide variety of topics, ranging from the paranormal to the political. Investigating ghosts. Debunking conspiracies. Dodging chupacabras. If a claim seems strange, Ben and Pascual will try to square it with the facts.

https://squaringthestrange.wordpress.com

0:27:35
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Kelly Wong

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-new-hope-for-premmies/

Brew Ha Ha – New Hope for Premmies - An artificial womb has been successfully used to gestate premature lambs, and the next step could be to help premature human babies. But it does raise some questions.

0:29:20
James Randi in Australia - Press reviews from 1980
The archives of the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper prove to be a gold mine of information about the 1980 visit of James Randi. We read how Randi and Dick Smith ran water divining tests at the time. Also coverd is the infamous occasion Randi was kicked off the Don Lane TV chat show.

Sydney Morning Herald - 17 Aug 1980
https://tinyurl.com/klckzem

Sydney Morning Herald - 11 Oct 1980
http://tinyurl.com/kmt78w9

Sydney Morning Herald - 9 Novt 1980
http://tinyurl.com/mw5ho4n

Nine News - Don Lane Show (walkoff)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQp3rI6B9Z4

0:46:30
Maynard and Tim Ferguson
What have Maynard and Tim been up to since winning their podcasting award? We head to Madame Frou Frou cafe in Glebe to crash their breakfast.

http://www.maynard.com.au

Also...

Sydney Skeptic in the Pub
https://www.skeptics.com.au/2014/03/02/sydney-skeptics-in-the-pub-14/

Origami Pigasus to print
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Origami_Pigasus.jpg

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar/

The Skeptic Zone #444 - 23.April.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:06:35
Anti-Vaxxers ordered to "Please Explain" Fundraising
The NSW government has served papers on the Australian [anti] Vaccination-Skeptics Network as one step in the government’s inquiry into its fundraising activities.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/04/16/anti-vaxxers-ordered-to-please-explain-fundraising/

0:11:50
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Casey Harrigan

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-sperm-drug-smugglers/

Researchers have created a hilarious but incredible new way of tackling cancers. They've recruited sperm to deliver drugs direct to cancer cells. Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee.

0:14:42
Maynard's Spooky Action....
Sydney March for Science
A HUGE day out for Maynard and the Skeptic Zone crew in Sydney as we cover the March for Science on the 22nd of April. Included in the report is the press release from Australian Skeptics, and interviews with...
Dr Karl - Eran Segev - Jessica Singer - Tim Mendham - Prof. Mike Archer - Alethea Dean - Julie McCrossin - Lara Benham and many, many more!

0:58:40
Washington D.C. March for Science
The talented Celestia Ward and the skillful Dr Angie Mattke send us a report live from the march in Washington.... followed by reflection on the event.... and pizza!

http://www.2headsstudios.com

The Skeptic Zone #443 - 16.April.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders
Incudes an update on the Belle Gibson story and details on the March for Science in Sdyney.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/apr/07/belle-gibson-hit-with-30000-in-court-costs-over-false-cancer-claims

https://marchforscienceaustralia.org/

0:11:32
Late Night Radio Skeptics
Saunders' radio segment throughout Australia with Mike Williams. This week we look at strange energies and even stranger claims.

http://www.4bc.com.au/podcast/richard-saunders/

0:23:46
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Kelly Wong

https://www.australiascience.tv/?s=Brew

Black liquorice jelly beans are the worst jelly beans! A Canadian man was recently hospitalised because of his addiction to these treats
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee ? bit.ly/2o0fMN6

0:25:15
$10 Million Dollars!
Vitamin company Blackmores has donated $10 million to the National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University.
The amount – described as “untied” and “a gift” – is a 50/50 split between the Blackmore Foundation, run by Marcus and Caroline Blackmore, and the Blackmores company itself. It is said to be “the most significant investment into research and development in the history of the company”.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/04/04/blackmores-donates-10m-to-uws-alt-med-researchers/

0:32:24
The Investigators - Psychic Services
From 30 years ago, "The Investigators" TV show checks out various sellers of new age flim flam. Also interviewd is Barry Williams from Australian Skeptics.

Also...

Origami Pigasus to print
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Origami_Pigasus.jpg

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar/

The Skeptic Zone #442 - 9.April.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:40
The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble
Are you nuts about Coconut Oil? Is it the wonder food for the 21st century or just another fad? This week Mandy-Lee takes a close look at the claims and the science of Coconut Oil.

0:14:28
Dr Rachie Reports... with Dr Rachael Dunlop
Dr Rachie on ABC radio to chat about Conspiracy Theories.

Full interview here:
http://www.drrachie.com/research/2017/4/5/afternoons-on-abc-radio-canberra-conspiracy-theories

0:23:34
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Ben Lewis

https://www.australiascience.tv/?s=Brew

If you need 20,000 people in your study, what do you do? Go large! Studies are more and more turning to crowdsourcing their samples, and it's a great opportunity for us. Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order coffee.
Further reading about the QIMR Australian Genetics of Depression Study via ABC: ab.co/2owkrt0 To get involved in the study, check out geneticsofdepression.org.au

0:25:03
Chiropractic Complaints
Chiropractors make up 0.8 per cent of all registered health practitioners across the National Scheme, and yet complaints about possible statutory offences by chiropractors in 2015-16 constituted 44.6 per cent of all such complaints across all of the 14 registered health professions.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/03/29/chiropractic-profession-outperforms-all-others-on-number-of-complaints

0:33:11
Sydney Skeptics in the Pub
The question this week is..... What are your predictions for the rest of 2017?

0:42:22

Great Prediction Project Working Bee
Cookies, Pizza, Laptops and Predictions. With Lara Benham, Aletha Dean and Trish Hann.

Also...

Richard Saunders' radio segment - Fads from the 1970s
http://www.4bc.com.au/podcast/richard-saunders-australian-skeptics

Gravity Waves - Public · Hosted by Mordialloc Skeptics - 11th April
https://www.facebook.com/events/1290129051064045

Origami Pigasus to print
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Origami_Pigasus.jpg

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar

The Skeptic Zone #441 - 2.April.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders
Included is Maynard's big moment winning the Cast Away Podcast Award 2017, and a tribute to Jo Alabaster for all her wonderful work.

Video - Cast Away with Maynard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcb95oKN7zI&feature=youtu.be&t=2652

0:09:33
Take Stock... with Shelley Stocken
Pete Evans, celebrity chef, Paleo diet promoter, and 2015 winner of the Australian Skeptics’ Bent Spoon award, can’t understand why the Australian Medical Association thinks he’s irresponsible and putting people’s health at risk by exercising his “wilful arrogance” in “mischievously questioning medical advice”.
“Well well well,” he said, following a barrage of criticism from the AMA and others. “The AMA has once again tweeted that I am putting people’s lives at risk….WHY?”

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/03/29/pete-evans-who-needs-qualifications/

0:17:27
Maynard's Spooky Action....
Dr Brian Greene
Maynard and crew head into the city of Sydney to hear a talk by Dr Brian Greene. Time travel, black holes, worm holes, computer simulations and more!
Includes vox pops with Eran Segev, Lara Benham, Aletha Dean and from Think Inc., Desh Amila.
Think Inc. gleefully welcomes the return of Dr Brian Greene in 2017 for another round of mind-bending (and mending) explanations for reality-altering discoveries.

https://www.thinkinc.org.au

0:33:43
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Ben Lewis

https://www.australiascience.tv/?s=Brew

Our thoughts are with North Queensland today as it cops a belting from Cyclone Debbie. Here's how to make it through the information overload.
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order coffee. 

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-surviving-a-media-storm

0:36:38
Update on the Geoclense Home Harmonizer
Choice has put a so-called Geoclense Home Harmonizer through a test, and found it to be a waste of money and sure to turn off your friends.
Geoclense is sold as a “Geopathic Stress and Electromagnetic Radiation Harmonizer”. The product, supplied by Victorian company Orgone Effects Australia, is a solid block of green plastic resin with a plug moulded into the back. It has no components or circuitry – it is simply the block and a plug.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/03/27/choice-rubbishes-home-harmonizer-no-effect-and-a-waste-of-money

Geoclense Home Harmonizer review
https://www.choice.com.au/electronics-and-technology/gadgets/tech-gadgets/articles/geoclense-home-harmonizer-review

Orgone Geoclense Home Harmonizer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Al295UQas

Also...

Gravity Waves - Public · Hosted by Mordialloc Skeptics - 11th April
https://www.facebook.com/events/1290129051064045/

Origami Pigasus to print
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Origami_Pigasus.jpg

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar

The Skeptic Zone #440 - 26.March.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders


0:05:20
Geoclense Home Harmonizer review from CHOICE Magazine
The Geoclense Home Harmonizer promises to neutralise electromagnetic radiation, radio frequencies and cosmic energy – all of which can apparently sap your energy, rob you of sleep and drain your life force. In our modern world these things are impossible to avoid, but this solid block of plastic promises to bring an end to your suffering.

Geoclense Home Harmonizer review
https://www.choice.com.au/electronics-and-technology/gadgets/tech-gadgets/articles/geoclense-home-harmonizer-review

Orgone Geoclense Home Harmonizer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Al295UQas

0:19:15
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
Agrohomeopathy
This week Heidi looks at the bizzare, strange, odd, unusual, out there, extraordinary, fantastic, curious, weird, way-out, peculiar, eccentric, abnormal, ludicrous, irregular, rum, uncommon, singular, grotesque, perplexing, uncanny, mystifying, off-the-wall, outlandish, comical, oddball, off the rails, zany, unaccountable, off-beat, left-field, freakish, wacko, outré, cockamamie practice of Agrohomeopathy... which is treating sick plants with sugar water.

0:31:45
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

With Kelly Wong

https://www.australiascience.tv/?s=Brew

Forget everything you know about dinosaurs, because it could all be wrong. Sounds weird, but they may have come from the UK according to a new family tree. Brew Ha Ha: science in less time than it takes to order a coffee.

Read more at the BBC: http://bbc.in/2mSXDhX

0:34:00
The Great Prediction Project - Update
Can you see into the future? Who will win the football this year? Richard Saunders gives an update on the new project to collate hundreds of "psychic" predictions.

Non-Psychic Predictions for 2017
http://www.skepticzone.tv/predictions.htm

Also...

Do creatures like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster exist?
https://omny.fm/shows/mike-williams-overnight

Gravity Waves - Public · Hosted by Mordialloc Skeptics - 11th April
https://www.facebook.com/events/1290129051064045/

Origami Pigasus to print
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Origami_Pigasus.jpg

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar/

The Skeptic Zone #439 - 19.March.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:48
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
This week Heidi with the latest on the David “Avocado” Wolfe tour of Australia. Included is Heidi's interview on local TV news.

Mullumbimby residents angry at antivaccination talk in council premises - Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot9zOj6oZUo

Vaccination debate flares on NSW north coast after 7yo contracts tetanus
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-17/tetanus-girl-not-vaccinated-say-health-authorities/8362722

0:25:03
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Tania Meyer
Where do you stand on the great debate between antibacterial soap, and good old-fashioned scrubbing?
Science and technology is as much a part of our cultural fabric as art, music, theatre and literature. They play a significant role in our daily lives, yet, in a world dependent on science, we often take them for granted. Australia's Science Channel believes every citizen has a right, and a responsibility, to be informed, and our mission is to create programs to bring that about.

https://www.australiascience.tv

0:27:38
Belle Gibson guilty but delusional and now for the next fad
Belle Gibson has been found guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct in the Federal Court for claiming that special diets and alternative medicine had cured brain cancer that she had never had. But in her findings, Justice Debra Mortimer added that the fake ‘wellness’ blogger may have been suffering “some kind of delusion” that she had cancer rather than acting unconscionably, as Consumers Affairs Victoria had insisted.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/03/15/belle-gibson-guilty-but-delusional-and-now-for-the-next-fad

0:32:55
Dr Rachie Reports... with Dr Rachael Dunlop
Who is your preferred source for health advice? Gwyneth Paltrow? Pete Evans? Or qualified medical practitioners – like Dr Oz? I hate to break it to you, but if you’re getting advice from any of these people, you’re quite likely being misled.

http://www.drrachie.com/research

https://theconversation.com/dr-google-probably-isnt-the-worst-place-to-get-your-health-advice-73835

0:42:04
The Great Prediction Project
Can you see into the future? Who will win the football this year? Richard Saunders tells of a new project to collate hundreds of "psychic" predictions.

Also...

Richard Saunders' radio segment - UFOs
https://omny.fm/shows/mike-williams-overnight/do-aliens-exist

Origami Pigasus to print
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Origami_Pigasus.jpg

Stranger Things Downunder
https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar/

The Skeptic Zone #438 - 12.March.2017  

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders and Mayanrd

 


0:04:38

Sensing Murder or Sensing Nothing

Sensing Murder is a New Zealand television show in which three psychics are asked to act as psychic detectives to help provide evidence that might be useful in solving famous unsolved murder cases by communicating with the deceased victims. So far no help from the psycics has been forthcoming.

We talk to Mark Honeychruch, the Chair of the NZ Skeptics about the return of this lamentable show.

Duncan Greive: Sensing Murder a 'grotesque sham' - nzherald
http://tinyurl.com/zw9kw8o

 

0:25:07

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

https://www.australiascience.tv/?s=Brew

With Kelly Wong

Here are some facts that we definitely did not already know about women in STEM this International Women's Day. /sarcasm

https://womeninscienceaust.org

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

 

0:27:38

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Witches and Witchcraft! Mayanrd askes people at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub what they know about this topic. Is it all magic spells and broomsticks?

https://www.meetup.com/austskeptics

 

Also...

Richard Saunders' radio segment - UFOs
https://omny.fm/shows/mike-williams-overnight/do-aliens-exist

Origami Pigasus to print
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Origami_Pigasus.jpg

Stranger Things Downunder
https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder

Mayanrd's FREE 2017 Calendar
http://maynard.com.au/2017-maynard-calendar/

 

 

The Skeptic Zone #437 - 5.March.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders


0:05:48
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson

This week Heidi tells us about the David “Avocado” Wolfe tour of Australia and what steps are being taken in the media and via social media, including an open letter. Also reports from Jane Hansen.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/david-wolfe-aussie-antivaxxers-funded-flat-earthers-tour/news-story/6d80b581b87329394061421a0480a740

0:25:16
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

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

With Kelly Wong

Science and technology were honoured on stage at the main Oscars event with special guests. But that's not all, science and technology even had their own Academy award ceremony.

See the winners of the The Academy's Scientific and Technical awards: http://oscar.go.com/news/winners/19023

0:28:54
Vic Skeptics reveal dangerous products on sale at Melbourne hospital

Victorian Skeptics committee member Peter Hogan and president Chris Guest have revealed that a dangerous homeopathic teething product was available at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital. The product, Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets, had earlier been found by the US FDA to contain inconsistent amounts of the toxic substance belladonna and posed a risk to children.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/02/17/vic-skeptics-reveal-dangerous-products-on-sale-at-melbourne-hospital/

0:34:00
Maynard's Spooky Action....

Who knew Maynard had a green thumb? This week he heads to a meeting of top scientists involved with "Restore & Renew," an ambitious and important project that responds to the need for bush regenerators to incorporate the latest science, restoring healthy ecosystems that are diverse, resilient and adaptable.

with...

Dr Jason Bragg
Dr Marlien van der Merwe
Dr Maurizio Rossetto
Dr Hannah McPherson

https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Science-Conservation/Restore-Renew


Also...

Richard Saunders' radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/podcast/predicting-the-future/

Origami Pigasus to print
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Origami_Pigasus.jpg

Stranger Things Downunder
https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder

Homeopathy in the UK: Michael Marshall
https://www.facebook.com/events/700343633505831/

The Skeptic Zone #436 - 26.Feb.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders


0:05:27
Dr Rachie Reports... with Dr Rachael Dunlop
This week Dr Rachie looks at the action taken by Google against the so-called 'Health Ranger', Mike Adams. Looking for his site? Don't ask Google!

0:13:20
Healing Touch at Queensland University - UPDATE
James Cook University has issued a short statement saying that it has closed a Healing Touch Clinic that had been operating on its Townsville campus.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/02/21/update-jcu-closes-healing-touch-clinic


0:20:02
Take Stock... with Shelley Stocken
Shelley gives us her unique take on actions of Robert De Niro and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. regarding their anti-vaccination campains. Sounds just like the plot of a 'B Grade' Hollywood movie.

0:45:56

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

It's really bloody hot in Australia. Talking about blood, extreme and prolonged heat exposure to the human body can do disastrous things to your blood, your organs... it doesn't end well. It looks like Aussie summers are going to get more brutal no matter what, so we’re just going to have to cope. Stay cool out there folks.

Further reading via Gizmodo: http://bit.ly/2lqp7Lq


0:27:31
Paracon 2016 - A review
Richard Saunders reads his report (from the pages of 'The Skeptic' magazine) of the 2016 Paracon convention. Ghosts, UFOs and Big Cats!

http://www.skeptics.com.au/the-magazine


0:41:46
Casting a Spell on Donald J. Trump
We look at the humorous magic spell, "To be performed at midnight on every waning crescent moon until he is removed from office."


Also...

500th Episode of the Geologic Podcast
https://www.facebook.com/georgehrab/?hc_location=ufi&pnref=story

The ESP Podcast with Michael Marshall and Fiona O'Leary
http://theesp.eu/podcast_archive/episode_062_michael_marshall_fiona_oleary.html

Homeopathy in the UK: Michael Marshall
https://www.facebook.com/events/700343633505831/

The Skeptic Zone #435 - 17.Feb.2017  

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

 


0:05:40

Healing Touch at Queensland University

Australia's first university-based (but not university endorsed) healing touch clinic has opened in Townsville at James Cook University (JCU). Healing touch is described as an energy-balancing therapy administered through gentle touching and manipulation of energy from a distance, similar to reiki or acupressure.

Dr Steve Roberts and Richard Saunders comment on this sad state of affairs.

Healing touch clinic opens at James Cook University in Australian-first
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-13/healing-therapy-clinic-opens-james-cook-university/8266280

STOSSEL TESTING THERAPEUTIC TOUCH
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNoRxCRJ-Y0

Therapeutic Touch
https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4203

 

0:22:00

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

If we've learnt one thing from science fiction, it's that travelling to galaxies far far away will mean astronauts will need to enter some kind of stasis to last the journey. However a new idea suggests napping might be a better option than a longer suspended animation.

Further reading via Quartz: http://bit.ly/2klQTw6

Sick and tired of seeing your newsfeed overrun with politics? We have an experiment - share science stories and content on your social media with #sharescience and turn your feed sciencey.

 

0:26:28

A Bike Tour of the Solar System

Join Dr Steve Roberts, Richard Saunders and a team of keen cyclists as they ride from the Sun to Pluto!

The Solar System Walk: St Kilda to Port Melbourne

St Kilda is a unique part of Melbourne with rock music, pop culture and experimental artists mixing it with babes, beaches, boofheads and backpackers. It also has its fair share of lessor known thrills with cafes down backstreets, art displays in discarded buildings and, believe it or not, a walking track that is a 1 to 1 billion replica of the solar system.

https://mycitymelbourne.net/2013/03/30/the-solar-system-walk-st-kilda-to-port-melbourne

 

0:43:42

Chiropractor found guilty of making false claims of curing cancer

A New South Wales chiropractor has been convicted of false advertising after he claimed to be able to prevent, treat and cure cancer in his advertising.

Hance Limboro was sentenced on February 15 at the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney after he pleaded guilty to 13 charges filed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in August 2016.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/02/15/chiropractor-found-guilty-of-making-false-claims-of-curing-cancer

 

0:51:42

Running With Scissors - Podcast

https://www.mixcloud.com/lone_deranger

 

Also...

Homeopathy in the UK: Michael Marshall
https://www.facebook.com/events/700343633505831/

 

The Skeptic Zone #434 - 12.Feb.2017  

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

 


0:06:50

The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble

A2 or not A2... that is the question. Is A2 milk better than A1? Should you be raiding your local supermarket for all the A2 milk you can carry? Will the cows go on strike? Find out this week as Mandy-Lee take a long slurp of A2 milk.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2903/j.efsa.2009.231r/abstract

https://www.healthkit.com/profile/-mandy-lee-noble/dietitian/342517

 

0:15:46

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

US scientists have gone rogue … 140 characters at a time. Rogue Twitter accounts have popped up since being ordered by the government to stop tweeting valid, factual scientific information. Just ignoring scientific issues like climate change isn’t going to make them go away and we're all for keeping the science communication going.

Further reading via ABC News: http://ab.co/2k83Hp2

In Mozambique, humans and birds have teamed up in the hunt for a sweet reward. Both benefit from this relationship.
The greater honeyguide bird relies on humans to crack open the hive to access the eggs and larvae inside. Meanwhile, the humans are able to find honey from beehives. This unlikely team is the sweetest thing you'll hear of today.

Further reading via ABC: http://ab.co/2a04W4k and via Science: http://bit.ly/2a3It7E

 

0:19:07

Chiro group distances itself from anti-vaxxers

The Chiropractors Association of Australia, the largest professional group for chiropractors in the country, has come down against the Australian Vaccination-sceptics Network for linking itself to the CAA.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/02/06/chiro-group-distances-itself-from-anti-vaxxers

Researchers warn of dire effects from herbal remedies

Herbal products, portrayed as softer and more ‘natural’ alternatives to prescription medication, can have “dire effects” on users, including acute hepatic and renal failure, exacerbation of pre-existing conditions and diseases, and even death.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/02/06/researchers-warn-of-dire-effects-from-herbal-remedies

 

0:30:10

Sydney Ghosts and a HOT Night Out

We join the 'Stranger Things Down Under' group as they roam the streets of Sydney looking for ghosts with spooky tour guide Rowan Greaves.

http://www.ghosttours.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder

 

The Skeptic Zone #433 - 5.Feb.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:07:05
Fiona O'Leary and "VaXXed" at the European Parliament
We chat to Fiona about the push to have the movie "Vaxxed" removed from a special screening in the European Parliament. Find out if forces of resaon prevail.

http://www.todayfm.com

http://vakcinainfo.org/2017/02/04/scandal-eu-parliament-banned-the-subject-of-unsafe-vaccines/

0:35:00
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

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

With Kelly Wong
Is the recently announced Pig-human hybrid controversial science news, or the latest (and weirdest) superhero? Let's break it down.

Read more at ScienceAlert: http://bit.ly/2klNjS4

Overseas produce suppliers are using laser-marked fruit to cut down on unnecessary plastics and replacing stickers on individual produce. We can't wait for this to become popular in Australia!

Further reading via The Guardian: http://bit.ly/2iDsS3j

0:39:55
New Complaints Watchdog On The Job To Protect Patients
A new watchdog with greater powers to protect patients and crack down on dodgy unregistered health service providers and practitioners has started work.
Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy announced the appointment of Karen Cusack as the inaugural Health Complaints Commissioner, with the Health Complaints Act 2016 coming into effect.

http://www.premier.vic.gov.au

0:45:20
Maynard's Spooky Action....
We head for Sydney Skeptics in the Pub where special guest Tim Ferguson is on the bill with Maynard. The question of the night, put to our pubbers, "What do you think about people who go behind their doctor's back and seek so-called alternative medicine?"

https://www.patreon.com/Maynard

Also...

"UFO Belief and Religion" Dr Steve Roberts
https://www.meetup.com/Mordi-Skeptics-in-the-Pub/events/236343128/

Ghosts! Skeptic Zone report
http://skepticzone.libsyn.com/the-skeptic-zone-318-23nov2014

The Skeptic Zone #432 - 29.Jan.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:08:10
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
An open letter to the Editor of the Tweed Daily News
The Northern Rivers Vaccination Supports take action after a local newspaper published an uncritical story and interview with Anti-Vax conspiracy theorists..
With Heidi Robertson and Alison Gaylard

https://www.facebook.com/150057145203234/posts/596209557254655


0:21:28
Wide condemnation of pro-acupuncture research paper on infant colic
A controversial study that claims to have found proof that acupuncture is effective in treating colic in infants has been widely rebuked. In fact, even the associate editor of the journal where the study was published said “in technical terms, the study is negative … the primary outcome did not turn out to be statistically significant”.

http://www.skeptics.com.au


0:28:18
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee

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

With Tania Meyer

With the latest disaster that is - was - the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, it's also an environmental disaster. While the company plans to recycle phones that are returned, many precious, rare minerals and metals will be lost through the recycling process.

Further reading via VICE Motherboard: http://bit.ly/2dMi4ek

As the Tour Down Under kicks off we look at one of the biggest controversies in cycling. Are cheats "mechanical doping" by putting tiny electric motors in their bikes? The French Parliament has even tried to make it illegal!

Further reading via Cycling Tips: http://bit.ly/2jqN73Y


0:34:45
Maynard's Spooky Action....

Not many UFOs at Maynard's International Studio (annexe) as Richard Saunders drops by for a visit. Find out what about yet another of Maynard's favourite podcasts and we have a questions for the listeners.

http://podcastufo.com

https://www.patreon.com/Maynard


0:41:56
When or skeptics criticise homeopathy, they are often wrong
By Edzard Ernst
This post might come as a surprise to some. And no, Edzard Ernst is not changing sides in the debate in the debate about homeopathy. But he has long felt that, when skeptics criticise homeopathy, they often wrong-foot themselves by using arguments which are not entirely correct.

http://edzardernst.com

Also...

"UFO Belief and Religion" Dr Steve Roberts
https://www.meetup.com/Mordi-Skeptics-in-the-Pub/events/236343128/

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

 

 

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

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

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