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 #464- 10.Sept.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders
Including an update on anti-vaccination GP John Piesse.
http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/medical-regulator-police-raid-antivax-gp-john-piesses-mitcham-clinic-20170909-gye3ak.html

0:06:15
Stranger Things Down Under at the Oz Paranormal Expo
Join Lara Benham, Alethia Dean and Richard Saunders as they once again brave the wonders of the paranormal expo.

https://www.facebook.com/StrangerThingsDownUnder
http://www.ozparaexpo.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/sydney.ufoclub
http://www.moonlarkmedia.com
http://www.appighosthunts.com

0:18:45
A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev
This week Eran chats to Dr Keren Landsman
Dr Landsman is an Israeli physician specialising in epidemiology and public health. She writes science fiction and the Hebrew blog ‘End of the world’.
http://www.realitybugs.me

0:32:31
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Ben Lewis
Some scientists think humans have an upper age limit of 115, but others think we could live far longer. Our life expectancies are increasing, but the very oldest humans just aren't getting older.
https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-the-limit-of-your-lifespan/

0:36:36
Chris Higgins talks about SkeptiCamp in Manchester
A SkeptiCamp is a free conference that celebrates the incredible work done by grassroots skeptics and activists.
At SkeptiCamp, it’s the attendees who are responsible for the creation and delivery of the days content, and anyone is welcome to present a talk. You don’t need to be a published author, famous podcaster or professional communicator to get involved. SkeptiCamp is about providing an open and accessible platform for all members of the skeptical community to share their ideas, collaborate and discuss the topics they’re passionate about.
http://www.skepticamp.co.uk

0:45:00
Australian Skeptics $100,000 Prize
For amost 40 years, Australian Skeptics have offered a cash prize to anyone who can prove they have paranormal powers.
Paranormal proof: Australian Skeptics' $100,000 prize still unclaimed 37 years on
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-04/australian-skeptics-paranormal-proof-prize-still-unclaimed/8852060
Richard Saunders on Sundrise TV - Video
https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/37020419/prove-youre-a-psychic-and-win-100-000/#page1

Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Maynard and Bunga Bunga http://www.maynard.com.au
CSI Con - Las Vagas http://csiconference.org
European Skeptics Congress - Wroclaw http://euroscepticscon.org
QED - Manchester http://www.qedcon.org
QED - Skepticamp Manchester http://www.skepticamp.co.uk

SITP Organiser Survey - http://glasgowskeptics.com/sitp

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

 

The Skeptic Zone #463- 3.Sept.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

 
0:05:27
A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev
This week Eran chats to Cara Santa Maria.
Cara Santa Maria is a Los Angeles Area Emmy and Knight Foundation Award winning journalist, science communicator, television personality, producer, and podcaster. She is also part of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast.
http://carasantamaria.com

0:27:24
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Casey Harrigan
In the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, the most dangerous things in the boxing ring might have been the gloves. This is why the ref's call - and declaration of Mayweather as the winner - was the right call.
https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-the-most-dangerous-thing-in-boxing-may-be-the-gloves/

 0:29:10
An interview with Prof. Paul Willis
Paul is a former Director of the Royal Institution of Australia, presenter on ABC TV's Catalyst program, palaeontologist and career science communicator.
His life has centred around telling stories for science. His career in science communications has seen him on television across the country with the ABC and acting as Director at the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), Australia’s premier science communications organisation. His is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in Palaeontology at Flinders University.
https://www.mediaengagementservices.com.au

0:46:40
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
In the last of her reports from 'Star Stuff', Heidi chats to Frank about Astro Anarchy.
https://www.facebook.com/Astro-Anarchy-295399253967757

 0:50:56
Anti-Vax GP update
Embattled anti-vaccination GP John Piesse has agreed to temporarily stop practising as a doctor after he was advised that his medical registration could be suspended.
also
'World's number 1 anti-vaxxer' Kent Heckenlively denied entry to Australia
The self-proclaimed "world's number one anti-vaxxer" has been denied permission to visit Australia.Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said on Thursday Kent Heckenlively? would not be able to tour Australia later this year as part of an international campaign calling for a pause in childhood vaccinations.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/worlds-number-1-antivaxxer-kent-heckenlively-denied-entry-to-australia-20170831-gy7u82.html

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/antivax-melbourne-gp-john-piesse-agrees-to-stop-practising-as-a-doctor-20170831-gy87dp.html

 Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

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
QED - Skepticamp Manchester skepticamp.co.uk

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

 

 

The Skeptic Zone #462- 27.Aug.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders
Including Evan Bernstein from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe remarks during the solar eclipse.

0:07:14
A Grain of Salt with Eran Segev
This week Eran chats to Astronomer Dr Pamela Gay, the Director of Technology and Citizen Science at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Planet maps and more!
https://www.astrosociety.org
http://www.astronomycast.com

0:17:50
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
Exciting news for the Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters Group as they have been nominated the North Coast Primary Health Network’s 2017 Community Choice Excellence Award. You can view their video and vote here:
http://ncphn.org.au/excellence/community-choice

0:22:16
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Shuj Esufali
Let's make algae Australian of the Year!
The first evidence of an algae explosion which led to all life on Earth has been found in central Australia. It's time we recognised this little Aussie battler.
bit.ly/2whTkFj

0:24:04
Anti-Vax doctor outs himself after a screening of VaXXed.
A Melbourne doctor who promotes “natural healing” and who helps parents to avoid compulsory vaccinations for their children is reportedly being investigated by Australia’s health watchdog.
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/aug/24/doctor-investigated-over-helping-unvaccinated-children-avoid-no-jab-no-play-law-reports
http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/antivax-melbourne-gp-john-piesse-faces-suspension-by-medical-regulator-20170824-gy30qt.html
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/26/melbourne-gp-accused-of-helping-parents-avoid-vaccinations-reprimanded-13-years-ago

0:40:48
Maynard's Spooky Action....
Maynard at Sydney Science Festival - Schools Event at the Australian Museum
Interviews with...
Tthe Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute
http://amsi.org.au
Dr Anne Marie Musser Honorary Research Associate at Australian Museum -
Jenolan Caves - University of New South Wales
http://www.jenolancaves.org.au
Thomas Jeffries from the Joint Academic Microbiology Seminars
http://www.jams.org.au
Olga from the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo on Darling Harbour
https://www.wildlifesydney.com.au
Also hightlights and fun with the Mystery Investigators show.
http://www.mysteryinvestigators.com

Also...
Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics
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 #461- 20.Aug.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:22
Look out! Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Evan Bernstein from the Skeptics Guide to the Universe joins us to talk about the upcoming eclipse. Evan also notes the 10 year anniversary since the passing of Perry DeAngelis.
https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_July_22,_2028

0:18:00
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Kelly Wong
In the green corner: South Australia's newly announced solar thermal power plant. In the black corner: Queensland's proposed coal mine. Which form of energy production will triumph? We know where we're placing our bets
https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-australias-energy-showdown

0:19:42
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
While at the recent Star Stuff Astronomy weekend, Heidi met John who has touching story to tell of the struggle of his late son. A cautionary message for us all about the dangers of not vaccinating.
https://campaigns.health.gov.au/immunisationfacts

0:31:44
Maynard's Spooky Action....
Maynard at Sydney Science Festival, live from the Powerhouse Museum
Interviews with...
Yarra the Diamond Python
https://taronga.org.au
Dr Jodi Rowley
http://jodirowley.com
Dr Joanne Ocock
http://www.csu.edu.au/research/ilws/team/profiles/adjuncts/jo-ocock
Dr Rebecca Swanson
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/news?search=Hunter%20river%20reports
https://sydneyscience.com.au/2017

Also...
Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics
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 #460- 13.Aug.2017  

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

 

0:05:22

Reports from NECSS

This week we chat to Natalie Newell from The Science Enthusiast Podcast.

http://scienceenthusiast.libsyn.com

 

0:11:30

Interview with Ann Reid #4

Ann Reid from the National Center for Science Education in the USA tells us about science outreach to schools.

https://ncse.com/

 

0:21:30

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

With Casey Harrigan

Researchers have found a protein that mimics the effects of exercise on the heart, while it's great news for those with heart failure, it's not an excuse to skip your workouts.

https://www.australiascience.tv/vod/brew-ha-ha-theres-no-such-thing-as-an-exercise-pill/

 

0:24:20

Anti-vaccination advocate 'banned from Australia' after documentary tour

The producer behind a controversial anti-vaccination film which has been touring Australia has been banned from returning to the country for three years.

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/controversial-antivaxers-banned-from-australia-after-documentary-tour-20170808-gxs44o.html

 

0:38:13

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Maynard at Skeptics in the Pub

Do our pubbers have psychic powers? Find out when Maynard reports on a series of tests live from the rooms at the Occidental Hotel.

With Ian Bryce and Jessica Hazzard-White.

 

Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

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 #459 - 6.Aug.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:05:30
The Diet Skeptic... with Mandy-Lee Noble
Australia is one of many countries that have water fluoridation programs currently operating, however there are forces at work trying to remove this important health initiative.

0:15:00
Professor Stefan sojka
The 'eat less' diet!

0:16:23

VaXXed on Tour in Australia
We report on some of the media coverage of this anti-vaccination crusade.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-26/school-tricked-into-allowing-anti-vaxxer-film-screening/8745154
http://www.skeptics.com.au/2017/08/01/anti-vax-film-screened-at-anu
https://www.immunisationfoundation.org.au/light-for-riley
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/inside-the-antivaccination-cult/news-story/10ba867d15778a30d88b3ae4ed262a05
http://www.2gb.com/podcast/ray-hadley-bars-anti-vaxxers-for-life
https://omny.fm/shows/mornings-with-neil-mitchell/neil-mitchell-speaks-with-dr-john-cunningham-about
https://christianporter.dss.gov.au/media-releases/no-jab-no-pay-lifts-immunisation-rates

0:32:00
Interview with Ann Reid #3
This week Ann Reid from the National Center for Science Education in the USA tells us about the work she conducted into sequencing the genome of the 1918 Spanish Influenza Virus.
https://ncse.com/

0:45:18
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Ben Lewis
Turns out T-Rex was only capable of a 20km/hr power walk, not a flat out sprint. It would still probably catch you though. bit.ly/2ualQW8

0:46:52
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
ANTI-VAXERS and vaccination slackers suffering from preventable diseases are clogging ­Australia’s hospitals and putting a massive burden on the public health purse. People with vaccine-­preventable diseases spent a total of 338,686 days in hospital across the nation in 2015-16, new figures reveal. (by Jane Hansen)
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/patients-lacking-vaccination-spend-on-average-nearly-week-in-hospital/news-story/1a04add4738309c9ae6b503c30fd45d9

Also...

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics
Maynard and Bunga Bunga may

The Skeptic Zone #458 - 30.July.2017  

0:00:00
Introduction
Richard Saunders

0:06:10
More Good Thinking with Michael Marshall
Marsh brings us up to date with the latest news on homeopathy in the UK with recommendations being looked at that would help curtail this quackery.
http://goodthinkingsociety.org

0:15:00
Reports from NECSS
Bob Novella from the The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe Podcast joins us to chat about what it's like to perform live in front of a skeptical audience..

0:23:00
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
With Shuj Esufali
NASA is looking at the art of origami to help it send people to Mars!
https://www.australiascience.tv

0:24:40
The Raw Skeptic Report... with Heidi Robertson
Hendra virus infection is a serious condition which can be fatal. The virus was first discovered after an outbreak of illness in horses Hendra, Brisbane in 1994.

0:35:20
Interview with Ann Reid #2
This week Ann Reid from the National Center for Science Education in the USA tells us about the problems faced when trying to communicate the science of climate change.
https://ncse.com/

Also...

Space Time with Stuart Gary and guest Eran Segev
https://audioboom.com/channel/starstuffwithstuartgary

Richard Saunders and Tim Medham - late night radio segment
http://www.2gb.com/?s=Skeptics

Mordi Skeptics in the Pub
https://www.meetup.com/Mordi-Skeptics-in-the-Pub

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 #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/

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