The Skeptic Zone

The Skeptic Zone

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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 #457 - 23.July.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:06
Reports from NECSS
Claire Klingenberg joins us to talk about the 17th European Skeptics Congress.
http://euroscepticscon.org
http://www.sysifos.cz

0:10:52
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Ben Lewis
The Government has announced a review into the space industry in Australia. We think it's time we had an agency of our own. Australia - let's go to space.
https://www.australiascience.tv

0:14:15
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
This week Heidi gives us an overview of the recent Star Stuff astronomy meetining in Bryon Bay, and even goes for a walk on Mars!
Dr Duane Hamacher https://starstuff.com.au/2017/02/21/speaker-spotlight-dr-duane-hamacher/
Mark Gee http://theartofnight.com/
Dr David Malin https://www.davidmalin.com/
Dr Fred Watson http://www.fredwatson.com.au/
Dr Katie Mack http://www.astrokatie.com/
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki http://drkarl.com/
Dylan O'Donnell http://deography.com/
Dr Alan Duffy http://www.alanrduffy.com/
Jamie Anderson https://www.gspacetech.com/
Michaela Jeffery https://starstuff.com.au/2017/05/25/bonus-speakers/

0:33:17
Interview with Ann Reid #1
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.
https://ncse.com/

0:45:50
Book Review - Nibbling on Einstein's Brain
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.
https://www.bookdepository.com/Nibbling-on-Einstein-s-Brain/9781554511860

Also...
Maynard and Bunga Bunga maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

The Skeptic Zone #456 - 16.July.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:00
Reports from NECSS
Sharon Roney from Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia and Richard Saunders wander around the auditorium before the start of the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism in New York.

https://www.facebook.com/GSoWproject

Later Richard catches up with Dr Harriet Hall, MD to chat about her video series.

https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/author/harriet-hall

0:12:20
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Shuj Esufali
A smart device with AI called emergency services during a domestic violence incident and possibly saved lives as a result. When it comes to domestic violence, AI could save a lot more.

https://www.australiascience.tv

0:15:00
Dr Rachie Reports... wih Dr Rachael Dunlop
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.

https://www.gofundme.com/craigs-provax-world-tour

http://www.jhrl.com/toxic-puzzle-hunt-hidden-killer

0:36:15
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.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/07/10/tgas-list-of-medical-indications-full-of-pseudoscience/

0:42:00
Kevin Davies interviews Professor John Carver
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.

http://www.publish.csiro.au/book/7366

Also...

CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org

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

The Skeptic Zone #455 -9.July.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:12
An interview with James Randi
From travels in Australia to making TV shows in the UK and Russia, James Randi recounts some of his amazing adventures.

Secrets of the Psychics Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MFAvH8m8aI

James Randi: Psychic Investigator
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix_DEto6nH4

0:18:04
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Casey Harrigan
Your microbiome might not be made up just of bacteria - if there's less than 12 or more than 59 candles on your birthday cake, you're probably hosting some pretty healthy Archaea as well!

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-welcome-to-the-microbiome-archaea/

0:20:50
Maynard's Spooky Action....
Maynard at Skeptics in the Pub
Another night with Sydney Skeptics. Maynard's big question, do pubbers think skeptics make a differance in the world? Also an interview with Beth Luscombe.
With...
Jessica Singer
Dr Brad
Lara Benham
Alethea Dean
Jessica Hazzard-White
and more.

https://veryparanormal.com/

Also...

CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

The Skeptic Zone #454 -2.July.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:06
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
An interview with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. Heidi and Karl chat about science while they drive along the roads of the far north coast of NSW.

http://drkarl.com

0:27:48
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Kelly Wong
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee.
Happy Census results day, data nerds! We reckon an even better way to celebrate would be to have some concrete data on everyday Australian environmental impact

https://www.australiascience.tv

0:29:36
Bees, Bees and is there still honey for tea? Part 2
The science of beekeeping is brought to us by advocate for science education, Dr Eugenie Scott.

https://ncse.com

http://www.worldofbeekeeping.com

0:55:10
Live from Times Square, New York.
Join Richard Saunders as he ventures into the madness that is Times Square. His tour guides are Autumn, Julia and Jocelyn Novella.

Also...

Tim Mendham from Australian Skeptics chats on radio about the Bermuda Triangle and Hanging Rock.

http://www.2gb.com/podcast/tim-mendham-australian-skeptics

CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org

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

The Skeptic Zone #453 -25.June.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:03:45
Exploring the Exploratorium
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.

https://www.exploratorium.edu

0:34:20
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Ben Lewis
Trees Alone Can't Save Us
Relying on planting trees to offset carbon emissions will be physically impossible, as new calculations show that they would take up too much space.

https://www.australiascience.tv

0:36:36
Bees, Bees and is there still honey for tea?
The delights of beekeeping are brought to us in the back yard of physical anthropologist and advocate for science education, Dr Eugenie Scott.

https://ncse.com

http://www.worldofbeekeeping.com

Also...

Tim Mendham from Australian Skeptics chats on radio about the Bermuda Triangle and Hanging Rock.

http://www.2gb.com/podcast/tim-mendham-australian-skeptics

NECSS - New York https://necss.org
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org

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

The Skeptic Zone #452 -18.June.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

 
0:04:45
Queen’s Birthday honour for Ken Harvey
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 Honours list.
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.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/06/14/queens-birthday-honour-for-ken-harvey

0:10:50
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Casey Harrigan
Alcohol is bad for your health. Then it's good. Now it's bad again? Scientists aren't changing their minds - you might just need to look closer at what they're saying.

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-cheers-to-brain-health/

0:12:37
Late Night Radio Skeptics
Saunders' radio segment throughout Australia with Mike Williams. This week we look at Cold Reading.

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

0:29:16
Susan Gerbic Raod Trip
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.

http://principlesofcuriosity.com

Also...

NECSS - New York https://necss.org
CSI Con - Las Vagus http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

 

The Skeptic Zone #451 -11.June.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:06:45
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
An interview with Dylan O'Donnell, an astronomer from Byron Bay who tells of "Star Stuff" where Australia’s leading experts on Space, Cosmology, Astronomy, Astrophsyics, Astrophotgraphy and Science come together for a series of keynote talks on everything from Aboriginal astronomy, space photography, and even the end of the universe.

https://starstuff.com.au

0:21:17
The debate about homeopathy is over. These verdicts prove it.
Writing at Health Spectator, Prof. Edzard Ernst lists international health organisations that have issued strong statements against Homeopathy.
Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor at the University of Exeter, is the author of Homeopathy: The Undiluted Facts and the awardee of the John Maddox Prize 2015 for standing up for science.

https://health.spectator.co.uk/the-debate-about-homeopathy-is-over-these-verdicts-prove-it/

edzardernst.com

0:27:25
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-humans-just-got-older-and-wiser/

Recently discovered human fossils in Morocco have just added 100 000 years to the history of homo sapiens.

0:29:05
Ghost Tour with Stranger Things Down Under
We join the Stranger Things Down Under group, as they set out for a ghost tour of Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour.
With
Lara Benham
Trish Hann
Alethia Dean

https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder

http://www.cockatooisland.gov.au/haunted-tours

Also...

NECSS - New York https://necss.org
CSI Con - Las Vagus http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester qedcon.org
Skepticon Sydney http://www.skeptics.com.au

The Skeptic Zone #450 - 4.June.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:08:22
Shingles Attack!
Richard Saunders learns first-hand of the real life consequences of having Chicken Pox around 50 years ago. Includes an excerpt from the documentary "The Vaccination Chronicles" with G.P. Dr Richard Gordon talking about the condition.

0:19:20
Edith Cowan Uni bans crystal healing training seminars
The seminars have apparently been running on the university grounds since 2011, and the next was due to take place on June 25. But in response to queries from Australian Skeptics Inc, ECU Vice-Chancellor Prof Steve Chapman says that “We have written to the organisation and requested that they remove all reference to these events on their website.”

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/05/31/edith-cowan-uni-bans-crystal-healing-training-seminars

0:23:40
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-iheart-hacking

If you were going to hack a device, a pacemaker might not be your first choice. But with over 8000 security vulnerabilities it might be your easiest choice.

0:26:10
Speical Report from Susan Gerbic
Join Susan as she wanders around the Monterey Bay Aquarium and tells of the importance of supporting scientific institutions to save them from resorting to so-called Ghost Tours.

http://guerrillaskepticismonwikipedia.blogspot.com.au

0:32:20
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
Armed with a new PhD from the University of Wollongong, anti-vaccination campaigner Judy Wilyman has lashed out at a West Australian journalist who questioned the science behind a new documentary on supposed links between vaccines and autism.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/antivaxxer-putting-her-new-phd-to-good-effect/news-story/e13162f0b86d332e688ea81761413314

0:39:16
Maynard's Spooky Action....
Maynard tries is hand at CPR! Will the dummy survive?
Another Sydney Skeptics in the Pub with a talk by Trish Hann on basic CPR techniques. Maynard also asks pubbers why they think more people don't apply for the Skeptics' prize money. With Jessica Singer - Lara Benham - Dr Brad McKay - Tim Mendham - Ian Bryce and Alethia Dean.

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

The Skeptic Zone #449 - 28.May.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:07:28
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
'Your presence here will cause babies to die' - Dr Lance O'Sullivan stuns guests at anti-vax doco by leaping on stage to explain why their message is a killer.

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/watch-your-presence-here-cause-babies-die-dr-lance-osullivan-stuns-guests-anti-vax-doco-leaping-stage-explain-why-their-message-killer?auto=5445517891001

0:24:10
Disabled boy in danger of malnutrition removed from parents
Online petition calls for malnourished son of anti-vaxxer to be returned home. Supporters of a prominent anti-vaxxer whose disabled and malnourished young son was taken by family services have launched an online petition to have him returned.
Documents obtained by the ABC show the four-year-old boy, whose family lives in Newcastle, was severely underfed and was at immediate risk of serious harm.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-22/petition-calls-for-anti-vaxxers-malnourished-son-to-return-home/8547506

0:29:33
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
Interview with Casey Harrigan

https://www.australiascience.tv

Casey joins us from Australia Science TV to chat about how Brew Ha Ha is made and her role in collecting interesting science reports each week.

0:38:44
Mind Body Wallet for May 2017
We tag along with the Stranger Things Downunder group to discover and rediscover the "wonders" of Mind Body Wallet.

https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder/

0:49:12
“Experimental” Webster technique approved by Chiropractic Australia
Chiropractic is in the news again (or should that be, “still in the news”). ABC Radio National’s The World Today program ran a piece on chiropractors who are still advertising their provision of the Webster technique to pregnant women, in defiance of warnings from the Chiropractic Board and the College of Obstetricians to stop it.

http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/05/23/experimental-webster-technique-approved-by-chiropractic-australia/

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 #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/

 

 

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