Archives for June 2013

IFLSLive for ScienceWeek Australia! Tickets On Sale, Wednesday 3rd July

Check out the first interview I've done for the event here, with IFLS creator, Elise Andrew! I'll be there, blogging, podcasting, the usual social media side of things!AUSTRALIAN FANS: Tickets for IFLS Live! Sydney will go on sale on Wednesday 3rd July at 12:30pm (AEST) here: Join the FB event page here: and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates: and I F*cking Love Science are joining forces to bring Sy … [Read more...]

“I Will Ask Myself – What Would Wendy Do?! Then I Will Keep Running”

This is hilarious - and yes, the Washington Post has already mentioned it, but here's some more highlights.Texas State Senator Wendy Davis had a moment in the spotlight Tuesday evening, as her 13-hour filibuster against a bill to restrict abortion rights made her an instant hero to many on the left. She also wore some awesome pink running shoes. Reviews include: These go perfectly with any back brace you may need after good old fashion filibusting for 9 hours (with 4 more to … [Read more...]

“We Should Celebrate The Impact Of Vaccinations” – Senator Richard Di Natale

As previously blogged on Token Skeptic - this is the speech that was given in Parliament on the 27th June.Also in the news, from The Australian:From next Monday, the fully immunised criteria for babies turning one this year will include meningococcal "C" and pneumococcal. Varicella for chickenpox will also be included. The vaccines are now required in order to receive Family Tax Benefit Part A supplement and government childcare payments. Children must also have proof of full … [Read more...]

The Badpiper – Perth Bagpiper’s Thunderstruck Going Viral

Josh, a friend all the way over in the USA, posted a link to a musician doing an outside gig on his Facebook page.And my early-morning thought was "...that kind of looks like that markets near where I work... I think I've seen him perform before?"Yes. It was. This is the Bad Piper. Well done on getting some overseas recognition! … [Read more...]

Pseudoscientist Podcast! #IFLSOz Show In Sydney Soon! More Shows On The Way!

I'm currently teaching this:While enjoying breakfasts before class here:...and wondering who owns the My Little Pony mug at the spoon stand.This unfortunately leaves me with little time to do much else - particularly considering that I have an illness that has dragged onto over a week. Thankfully people have been patient about it, but I have used what little energy I have left to get the following shows done - and hoping to get more on the way! The Pseudoscientists Episode … [Read more...]

B.Y.T.H. Busters: The Secret Law of Attraction

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Vaccinate – Says Richard Di Natale, Greens Senator For Victoria (Video)

As blogged earlier today: The End Of The Australian Vaccination Network? Greens Health Spokesperson Di Natale Speaks Out In Senate Today.It also reminds me - at the ScienceRewired conference, there was talk of science communication groups uniting on an issue, such as immunisation. Is it time already? … [Read more...]

Storify of Profs and Pints Perth – Functional Stupidity With Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall And Professor Igor Bray

[View the story "#ProfsAndPints - Functional Stupidity" on Storify] … [Read more...]

The End Of The Australian Vaccination Network? Greens Health Spokesperson Di Natale Speaks Out In Senate Today

News item for today (apart from Red Panda successfully recaptured) - from, Sue Dunleavy: The controversial anti-immunisation Australian Vaccine Network will be told to disband in a motion to be debated in the Senate today. Greens health spokesperson Senator Richard Di Natale who is proposing the motion says it is important the Parliament take the lead in expressing its disdain for the group's activities."I think it is important that we take them on, that the community recognise them … [Read more...]

TONIGHT – #ProfsandPints At The Flying Scotsman – Nobel Laureate Vs The Rest Of Perth!

Well, not exactly. I can't make this one due to being unwell, but I might Storify the results from home. As for the rest of Perth, make sure you watch out for the left uppercut of Nobel Prize winners, they're a doozy.Details: Doors and bar open at 5.30pm with the banter kicking off from 6-8pm.Tuesday 25 June FUNCTIONAL STUPIDITY What are the consequences when we don’t listen to science? Guest speaker: Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall, Professor Igor Bray (ARC Centre of E … [Read more...]

AVN’s Black Salve Treatment Advertising Ruled Out By Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration

Just a few minutes ago, on the ABC website - Anti-vaccination group fails to stop advertising 'cancer treatment': The anti-vaccination group that goes under the name Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) has failed to comply with a Government order to stop advertising a product as a treatment for cancer.The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) found the group advertised "black salve" on its website and on a DVD... The TGA says the substance is corrosive and essentially burns off layers of … [Read more...]