“We’ve Already Entered Into Contracts With Meryl Dorey… The Damage Is Already Done.” Woodford Folk Festival

This Festival Allows A Dangerous Anti-Vaxxer To Spread Misinformation. Why?  From Mamamia.com.au:News Editor Rick Morton just spoke to Festival Executive Director Bill Hauritz about the decision to bring Meryl Dorey into speak at the Woodford Folk Festival. Bill: Who says it is dangerous? There are a lot of people out there who believe this whole vaccination thing is not an open and shut case. Is anybody willing to say that all vaccinations are 100% safe? Q: I don’t think even doctors say that, … [Read more...]

Seal Pup Wanders Into Home And Puts His Flippers Up

This find is thanks to Bec Crew: New Zealand's Bay Of Plenty Times:  A wandering baby fur-seal wriggled through the cat-door of a Welcome Bay house - and made himself at home on the couch. A stunned Annette Swoffer thought she must have been hallucinating when she found the young pup hanging out with her cats in her kitchen on Sunday night. The seal had made its way from the Welcome Bay waterfront, through the suburb's residential area, across busy Welcome Bay Rd, up a slip road, along Ms … [Read more...]

Round-Up – On Charities To Support And (UK) Skeptic Things To Vote For

In the aftermath of a blog-post on weird dreams and "What could they mean?!" by Digital Cuttlefish, I had a dream which concluded with my sealing an envelope to send to someone. The message contained was: Dear *****, Thank you very much for your discordance, but I'd like to point out that some of us have to WORK and MAKE A LIVING and possibly GET ON WITH THEIR LIVES during the time that it takes for you to potentially ruin the little seasonal spirit we have left. Please find enclosed one I … [Read more...]

Luis von Ahn: Massive-Scale Online Collaboration – How CAPTCHA Helps

Thanks to 'AngryFeet' for this find! … [Read more...]

QI with Ross Noble, Dara O’Briain And Jeremy Clarkson

I don't know how long this will be up for...Part two and Part three."EXPLAINATION OF WHAT'S GOING ONThe BBC opted to remove this episode from the schedules on day of broadcast as Clarkson is currently involved in a controversy over remarks he made about recent strikes in the UK on "The One Show" (search YouTube for it). However, the change came so late that the episode was still uploaded to the BBC iPlayer, which is where Nick got it." … [Read more...]

Make Your Nominations For The UK Skeptic Awards 2011 (With A Blatant Request)

Make your nominations for The Skeptic Awards 2011! The Skeptic Magazine is delighted, for the first time, to be giving awards celebrating skeptical activity in several categories during 2011. As well as an 'Editors' Choice' award for lifetime achievement, we have five other categories - and for those we're going to need your help. Please join in, by voting for:The best podcast The best blog The best event, campaign or outreach event of the year. This could be an organisation or website … [Read more...]

The Something Fierce Scholarship Fund

Dear everyone: I think it's time to try something a little crazy. If you can't afford to buy Something Fierce right now, I've set up a sort of "scholarship" fund.Some donors have put in funds to get copies to folks who don't have a budget for music right now. I like experimenting. Help make this work! Apply for an album if you want one! Or you can fund an album for a stranger if you like. This is from Marian Call, whose interview recently featured on We Are SkeptiXX, and whose site you can … [Read more...]

Simon Singh at QEDCon 2011

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Attenborough Does A Shatner With ‘A Wonderful World’

Now that I have your attention...HA! And you thought that it'd all be lovely British accents, didn't you? Well, there's quite a lot of UK accents in the following - you should go check out these links too:The UK PodDelusion podcast features a little interview I conducted with author and science communicator Michael McRae. His book, Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs and Bad Ideas is published by both Uni Queensland Press and (very soon) Prometheus Books in the USA. How do you define science? … [Read more...]

A Year In New York

Part of the November Break Series – November 30th. I’ll be back on December 5th.Hang on. I'm back already. As you were.A Year in New York from Andrew Clancy on Vimeo.This is for Digital Cuttlefish! :) … [Read more...]

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...]


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