Strawberry-Mint Pizza, Dangerous Ideas And Meeting Legendary Tweeter Oskar

Profs And Pints On What Makes A Dangerous Idea - some highlights before you read the Storify of all the Tweets from the night! Firstly, I promised the crowd that I'd post a link to this video which Richard recommended - The Forbidden History of Unpopular People (Why Free Speech is Worth The Price): BOOKS I MENTIONED ONSTAGE: The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters by Mark Henderson. The Sex Myth: Why Everything We're Told Is Wrong by Dr Brooke Magnanti. Bad Science by Ben Goldacre and the … [Read more...]

Ogden Nash – On A Good Dog (But Posted For A Cat)

A member of the skeptical community (if there is such a thing is a debate for another time) lost a friend today and even though this poem by Ogden Nash is clearly about a dog... vale Count Linkovich. On a Good Dog O, my little pup ten years ago was arrogant and spry, Her backbone was a bended bow for arrows in her eye. Her step was proud, her bark was loud, her nose was in the sky, But she was ten years younger then, And so, by God, was I. Small birds on stilts along the beach rose up with … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [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 Skeptic.com exists? Why the JREF Education resources exist? There's certainly lots of … [Read more...]