Meet The Lampyridae – From Fireflies To Superbugs

From the NZ ScienceBlogs, Infectious Thoughts: I’ve spent the last few months working with a fantastic Australian animator, Luke Harris, and his team to tell the story of what I do and why in under 3 minutes. So if you want to find out a little more about the amazing beetle that is the firefly and how it is helping scientists battle against some of the world’s nastiest microbes then take a look. … [Read more...]

Skeptics, Conspiracy Theories And ‘Spacecraft’ Spotted Near Mercury!

New Token Skeptic podcast out! Many, many thanks to Derek Colanduno of Skepticality.com and Mark Ditzler at Abrupt Media for providing the audio, which was recorded at Dragon*Con. Episode Ninety-Two – On The Truth About Conspiracy Theories – Dragon*Con 2011 Panel “The stories spawned by conspiracy theorists are as numerous and varied as they are improbably. This panel will explore many of these stories and the people telling them.” Robert Blaskiewicz is a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow at … [Read more...]

Australian Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt Funds Primary Connection Science Program

A friend of mine works for this group! Well done Brian Schmidt! NOBEL laureate Brian Schmidt will use $100,000 of his prize money for a primary school science program the federal government has stopped funding. Professor Schmidt, in Stockholm to receive the Nobel Prize for Physics he and collaborator Adam Riess won jointly with Saul Perlmutter, has told The Australian his plans for his quarter-share of the $1.45 million winnings.. He will sign over $100,000 to the Australian Academy of Sciences … [Read more...]

Skeptics, Women And SkeptiXX – Featuring An Interview With Marian Call

As Pharyngula put it: The blog is We Are SkeptiXX, and the intent is to promote more female representation in the skeptical movement.  Sound familiar? Yes, check out similar sites like SheThought and More Women In Skepticism and Hoyden About Town! I'm keen to support diversity rather than homogeneity when it comes to women's voices in skepticism and I'm pleased to see another site appear. The more the merrier.Unfortunately, this will be the most I blog for a little while. Work has stepped up a … [Read more...]

The Observer Prints Readers’ Editor Non-Apology For #Burzynski Article

What do you think? The readers' editor on… kind hearts and a cruel illness The Observer devoted a page to this story a fortnight ago, presenting it as a first-person piece by Billie's uncle, music writer Luke Bainbridge, although told to another journalist. Yet what was intended as a gripping, human-interest story quickly drew a sustained attack on the paper for apparently offering unquestioning support for a highly controversial cancer treatment, known at antineoplaston therapy. Dorothy Bishop, … [Read more...]

Australian Gay and Lesbian Marriage Equality Rally: Interviews With Kerryn Phelps And Rodney Croome

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Have A Very Support-Your-Local Talent And Be Pro-Skeptic Christmas-Gift List

Recently I sent a gift to some friends (in fact two friends, Derek and Swoopy of Skepticality), as a gesture of thanks for the four years that I worked on the SkepTrack at Dragon*Con. I've been backstage for a number of events at that convention, had the opportunity to contribute to panels as both a creator of topics and even a presenter, and I know that it wouldn't have been possible to do that if it wasn't for them.Since the gift I sent them was for an event some time in the future, I … [Read more...]

Phil Plait – An Asteroid Impact Can Ruin Your Whole Day. And Your Species

TEDX Boulder presentation by Dr Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy. … [Read more...]

Tickets Now On Sale – World Skeptics Convention In Berlin, 2012

Early Announcement: 6th World Skeptics Congress - Ticket sales will be enabled on December 1st, 2011. This is the first announcement of the 6th World Skeptics Congress to be held from May 18 - 20, 2012 in Berlin, Germany,  Hotel Crowne Plaza (Berlin City Centre). The Congress series deals with claims ranging from the paranormal and supernatural to fringe science issues and conspiration theories. Major topics at this event will be science and pseudoscience in education, addressing in particular an … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – Andy Lewis Of Quackometer On Stanislaw Burszynski, Streisand Effects And Standing Up For Skeptical Bloggers

Head to the Token Skeptic podcast for Episode #91.The UK Observer on Sunday 20th November 2011, published a moving article about a four-year old girl, Billie Banbridge, and an effort to raise money to seek treatment for her inoperable brain tumor. Despite the noble goal and heartwarming effort, featuring the contributions of a number of celebrities like the band Radiohead and Cheryl Cole, the treatment being sought was at Stanislaw Burszynski clinic in Texas.A number of bloggers, who have … [Read more...]

Burszynski Clinic And Rhys Morgan Hit World News – Guardian

See the whole article on The Guardian, here:  The schoolboy blogger who took on a US clinic: Rhys Morgan, a 17-year-old Welsh schoolboy, faced down a Texan medical clinic and won after blogging about its unproven treatments It turns out there is little more uplifting than the sight of a dubious Texas medical clinic tangling with a Welsh schoolboy and coming off worse. The spectacle played out when the Burszynski clinic in Houston – which charges people who are dying from cancer hundreds of thous … [Read more...]


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