Congratulations Matt Parker – 2011 Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement

Matt Parker - an awesome Australian! We met briefly at QEDCon in February and again when he visited Perth to catch up with family before heading to more comedy shows in Melbourne. Lovely, lovely person and absolutely fantastically smart and funny. He even got an award for it!Here he is with hanging out in a bookshop in Leederville with another friend of mine, science communicator Daniel 'Professor Funk of the Placebo Effect Video' Keogh (and they're posing with a book written by another s … [Read more...]

I Get Electrocuted – FOR SCIENCE! All-Ages Physics Show At Dragon*Con

One of the fun things that happened at Dragon*Con this year - the physics show for kids! This is with huge thanks to Matt Lowry and Dr Pamela Gay (of Astronomy Cast fame) - amazing scientists, educators and downright awesome people for putting on this all-ages show during the Labor Day long weekend.I didn't know this was being recorded. Which is why you can see me, with my long hair out, wearing my skull-print headband - going OOOH! at 31.20 min!As Matt writes: This is the footage from the ph … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – Great Skeptical Books For Kids

Monday Morning Muse - Because Cute Can Be Creative Too.Apparently the best Halloween costume of all time? Pup even has his own Facebook page.Many of you would have read the blogpost on the recent talk at the Texas Freethought Convention in Houston by Christopher Hitchens, where he was asked a question by a young member of the audience:Though he was asked a variety of questions from the audience, none appeared to elicit more interest than the one asked by eight-year-old Mason Crumpacker, … [Read more...]

The Scope Of Skepticism Teaser – Interview With ‘Miracle Detective’ Dr Indre Viskontas

I'm heading into the final proofs and formatting of an anthology I've been working on for a while, featuring transcripts from the Token Skeptic podcast. This segment is from Episode Sixty-Nine, On Miracle Detectives – Interview With Dr Indre Viskontas; head there to listen to the entire interview.The reason why I'm transcribing select interviews for my book is two-fold: firstly, I've always enjoyed reading as well as listening to interviews in general. The book 'Lunch of Blood' by Antonella Gam … [Read more...]

Fighting Kittens Love DonorsChoice.Org Donations! (Yes, I Will Bribe With Cute Video)

Digital Cuttlefish just reminded me that there's the wonderful Donors Choice boxes, over there to the right. Oh look! Here's a link again in the blogpost! And here's my donation box! I've already started on the leaderboard, but can certainly use more! Thanks! :)What's it for again? DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Here's how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on D … [Read more...]

Felicia Day And Sean Austin With ‘Behind the Scenes: When Galaxies Collide’

Many thanks to Gold for this find! :)Felicia Day explains some of the science behind galactic "collisions," including the upcoming collision between the galaxy Andromeda and our own galaxy, in this mock behind-the-scenes look at the making of a NASA educational video. Starring Felicia Day ("The Guild," "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar") and Sean Astin ("Lord of the Rings" Trilogy, "Special Agent Oso").Met her at Dragon*Con. Professional and focused. Very impressive. :) … [Read more...]

The IQ2 ‘Atheists Are Wrong’ Debate – If You Can Stomach It

Okay - is there ANYONE out there who can debate (even as an atheist! I'm open to that!) the AFFIRMATIVE to 'Atheists Are Wrong' without going off-topic?Seriously. I was looking forward to this debate. I thought 'Excellent, a good teaching resource, it'll be something that I can use for discussion and students who want to come up with good pro-and-cons as to being religious or being atheist can keep this in mind and perhaps be inspired.' But this one went... and I guess it's the first thing … [Read more...]

WANT – Corn Mazes In Space! (Or Crop Circles For Science)

From the Examiner's Space Exploration column, by Paul Scott Anderson (click to embiggen): Space-themed corn mazes celebrate NASA! Most people have seen or heard about corn mazes, those huge patterns cut into corn fields in a wide variety of shapes and themes, where you can wander around in them and try to find your way out again. Similar to but not quite the same as crop circles, they have become a very popular form of agritourism, especially for children. Now NASA is getting in on it a … [Read more...]

Donors Choose Challenge At Freethought Blogs

This is the first time I've been part of a blogging network that took part in something like Donors Choose - and yes, there's a number of us at FreeThought Blogs who are involved! Here's the FreeThought Blog Leaderboard for science blogging, so you can see how the team is going.I was entertained by Digital Cuttlefish's verse on the matter (as always): So please join with me, and this atheist squad (though your money’s still good if you worship a god, Or an idol, a tree, or a c … [Read more...]

‘Dare To Think’ – Attending Philosophy In Schools Conference In Melbourne (2011)

Currently in Melbourne, attending a three-day conference: VAPS 2011 Conference 'Dare to Think: Philosophy in Schools'.So far a highlight has been an opportunity to chat to Alan Saunders of ABC Radio National's Philosopher's Zone and discover that my podcasting equipment is better than his. :pThe Friday night lecture by Dr Nurin Weise was excellent - she is the curator of several exhibitions at the Melbourne Museum, such as the Mind/Body exhibition and she had some fascinating insights as to w … [Read more...]


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