On Gardasil For Guys / Boys, Girls And The HPV Vaccine

Despite The Hamster Wheel's gentle mocking of the departed Hungry Beast show last night ("Vaginas, Robots, Vox Pops and Graphics?") - you have to admit that they were ahead of the bell-curve when it came to suggesting the HPV vaccine for men as well as women: That is the great Daniel 'Professor Funk' Keogh, local Perth science celebrity and the creator of the 'The Strange Power Of The Placebo Effect' video that I put onto the Token Skeptic podcast about a year ago(with many, many thanks!). … [Read more...]

Send The Secular Student Alliance Some Reddit And Facebook Love!

Okay, I'm going to make it very plain: So, there you go. Nyah. Seriously though, the Secular Student Alliance Facebook page got a TREMENDOUS amount of Reddit love (a popular social networking site) in a short space of time (about gone from 6.5k to over 13k in nine hours) and they'd appreciate the recognition and support from everyone out there - even if you're not currently a university/college student like I am, you can still zip in a click to the Facebook page or 'upvote' the Reddit link … [Read more...]

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – This Stephen Fry Walked Into Embiggen Bookshop…

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – Because I Just Got A Cat To The Vet And There Was Nothing Wrong Except For The Effort Of Getting A Cat To The Vet, So Here's Some Links To Recover From That Experience. Cat's okay, in case you were wondering. Just rather miffed that he got put into a box. Anyway. I was chatting to a friend on Google+ today (which considering my earlier grumbles about it's very existence with the post To Google + Or Not To Google +?, I'm fairly convinced that their chats are a … [Read more...]

The Future Of Skepticism (Melbourne SkeptiCamp Video)

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With Thanks To The Donors Choice Donors – Clinton Foundation Celebrity Brainstorm

Many, many thanks to all of you who donated to the Donors Choice FreeThought Bloggers. Seriously. $24,986 donated, 331 members and 16,418 students reached. My special, sincere thanks to Brian, John and the anonymous donors who helped my total of $418 with 8 projects, according to my page. For someone on the other side of the world from the USA, I'm glad that I played a part in encouraging education. Thanks all. … [Read more...]

Donors Choice – A Message From Women And Hands-On Science

Firstly - today in Melbourne at Embiggen Books! Check out the podcast interview!  The event is Contempt of Court: Unofficial Voices from the DOGS Australian High Court Case, 1981.  Not only is it a talk by the book’s author Jean Ely – popular Melbourne comedian Rod Quantock, activist and former politician Joan Coxsedge and Max Wallace, author and 2010 Global Atheist Convention presenter and Director of the Australia New Zealand National Secular Association will be there … [Read more...]

Our Future In Space – TAM9 Panel

Panel - Our Future in Space from JREF on Vimeo. Featuring Dr Pamela Gay, Lawrence Krauss, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. … [Read more...]

OCCUPY THE BOOKSTORE THIS THURSDAY! Secularism Talk In Melbourne

Wednesday Morning Links Of Love - Because If You Don't Know Then I Won't Tell More People And It Then Becomes Some Kind Of Inception-Style Vortex Of Missing Out On Cool Things. So, a comedian, a politician and a secular author walk into a bookstore... Firstly - this Thursday. 6-7.30pm at the Embiggen Bookstore, 97-203 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne. Email to RSVP at events (at) embiggenbooks (dot) com. If you're one of the people who have been keeping an eye on the Ron Williams high-court … [Read more...]

I COULD Just Scream, But Instead I’ll Promote Science – XOJane Health Column On Birth Control

I don't want to do any kind of nasty, mean-spirited post about the news over on Gawker - Ranting Lady Blogger Hates Birth Control, Only Uses Plan B. Of course, it's caught the attention of a few sites you might read already (like XO Jane's Health Editor...are you playing with me? by Scicurious). The article in question is a column called "GET IT TOGETHER, GIRLS: EVERY GODDAMN PHARMACY IN NEW YORK IS OUT OF PLAN B! EVERY ONE!" What I will say is that apart from the casual attitude … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – ‘When’s The Right Time To Announce You’re A Young Atheist?’

Sunday Morning Survey – Because On A Morning This Nice It's More Fun To Stretch Your Brain Than Stretch The Spine Of A Hymn Book. Firstly - hat-tip to the very kind Digital Cuttlefish who has blogged about the Phiten necklaces in Prime Time Superstition and gave a hat-tip to my blog-post on NRG TitaniumION Bands. More importantly, as mentioned by WWJT in his recent blog-post, Digital Cuttlefish once wrote about Jessica Ahlquist, in a blog-post called Fox News Commenters Hate America. … [Read more...]

Another Donors Choice Project Completed For Science!

My Project: Last year we did an animal research project. Every child had a different animal. As a first year teacher last year I didn't have much of any materials available in the classroom to learn about an animal of interest. I checked out books from a couple local libraries in our city and brought in stacks of books. The kids were so thrilled. For the following two weeks they couldn't wait to continue reading and continue their process in their research project. If I could have more … [Read more...]


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