Archives for July 2012

Vale Margaret Mahy – 1936 – 2012

Children's book author Margaret Mahy, one of New Zealand's most acclaimed literary figures, died today.Mahy, 76, died in Christchurch this afternoon after a brief illness, according to reports from book blooger Graham Beattie and the Whitcoulls website....She has written more than 120 books which have been translated into 15 languages. She has also won many of the world's premier children's book awards, including the Carnegie Medal and the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award."Reading … [Read more...]

Digital Food Printer (Might Not Be Advised For Cats)

I don't know how many of you are familiar with a character called the Cat in a show called Red Dwarf...MIT’s Digital Food Printer Creates Nutritious Meals Marcelo Coelho and Amit Zoran, a couple ingenious minds at MIT... Hailed as ‘The Cornucopia’, this 3-D printer concept is a personal food factory that fuses the digital world with the realm of cooking by storing, precisely mixing, depositing, and cooking layers of ingredients with no waste. After a meal selection has been made using the devic … [Read more...]

Brian Boyle Square Kilometer Array Presentation – June 2012

Brian Boyle SKA Presentation - June 2012 from ICRAR on Vimeo.This is a recording of a talk given by Dr Brian Boyle, SKA Project Director for Australia at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science. In this talk Dr Boyle discusses what the SKA project involves, the potential it holds for scientific discovery, and its likely impact on the Australian economy. … [Read more...]

Godless Parenting – What Do You Do To Bring Up God-Free Children? Video

Here's the first time I've done a live video interview with slightly-dodgy internet on my part... I hope people enjoy it!Contributors and FTB Bloggers Dan Fincke, PZ Myers, Ophelia Benson and Russell Glasser can all be found on Twitter too. Big thanks to Digital Cuttlefish and Taslima Nasrin for contributing via email; apologies to everyone (especially Al Stefanelli!) who couldn't get in. For a first effort, this was less stressful than I thought it would be!I did find (and sorry for not unp … [Read more...]

Godless Parenting: What Do You Do To Bring Up #GodFreeKids?

I'm hosting a Google Hangout tomorrow morning (which is 8pm Sunday, USA East Coast time) - and I have a few questions all ready to go!If you'd like to suggest more questions (or even suggest some answers that I can read out!) feel free to add them here in the comments or pop them on the Twitter hashtag #GodFreeKids.QUESTIONS:1) What do you think are some of the biggest challenges that face atheist parents?2) If you did question your faith as a child - what led you to question?3) … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Red Dwarf X Trailer 2012

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Avoid Burned Feet With Tony Robbins – Richard Wiseman On Firewalking

Did you read about the poor people who trusted Tony Robbins and ended up with burnt feet (Tony Robbins event leaves 21 burned after they walk on hot coals)?Here, Dr Richard Wiseman for the Edinburgh Science Festival talks about why it happens and how it works.In addition - the Mythbusters have tried it too! … [Read more...]

Resources For Critical Thinking Via Coursera – Free!

Recently I was very worried to read of one example of negative-muttering on Twitter about another skeptic touting a course on critical thinking at TAM2012, and I wasn't sure who said it, and wasn't really sure which skeptic they were talking about... but I was really surprised. I was surprised because courses like that help out a great many people.After all - wasn't this why the Skeptic 101 resource on exists? Why the JREF Education resources exist? There's certainly lots of … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Dora the Explorer Movie Trailer (with Ariel Winter)

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Little Kitten – 135 Scenes That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema

135 Shots That Will Restore Your Faith in Cinema from Flavorwire on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

The Pocket Guide To Critical Thinking – Suitable For Secondary Teaching

Remember a while back that I mentioned Michael McRae of CSIRO (who has appeared on the Token Skeptic podcast a few times and is the author of Tribal Science: Brains Beliefs and Bad Ideas - a must-get if you want a updated, Australian equivalent of Sagan's A Demon-Haunted World) was the author of this YouTube series?Now there's a guide that has also been released by TechNYou: RECOGNISING DODGY ARGUMENTS: HOW VALUES, BIASES AND DODGY ARGUMENTS MISLEAD USAnother in our series of postcard b … [Read more...]