ChemFest 2011 – Curtin University

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Falling On The Moon

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Short List Of Things To Check Out

EDIT - because I just learned of it: Why the “Critical” in Critical Thinking. Go read. I am sure that most people have not thought much about why it’s called “critical thinking” and, when asked, would probably assume that “critical” refers to its importance (especially skeptics). However, they would only be partially correct. “Critical” means “crucial”, but it also refers to discriminating judgments. Critical thinking is an process in which we distinguish accurate information from inaccurate info … [Read more...]

ChemFest – Curtin University Saturday, 12th November

News from SciTech: An explosive chemistry extravaganza! Ignite Your Curiosity about the wonderful world of chemistry! Bubbling beakers, explosive experiments and fantastic fireballs – discover the incredible role chemistry has in our everyday life. Brought to you by the WA Chemistry Consortium, this FREE event includes an amazing array of shows, demonstrations, interactive activities that will amaze the whole family. Activities include: • Interactive stalls • The explosive ‘Ignite your Curiosity’ … [Read more...]

The Cat Quiz (AKA Grading Philosophy Papers)

I'm not going to be blogging over the next few days, due to work.Instead, you have three hours (with ten minutes reading time) to complete the following, using a 2B pencil.1) Which of the following questions is NOT a suitable caption for this photo?A. I will steadfastly ignore you, unless you reach for the eraser, then I shall pounce on it. B. You cannot has exam papers. C. Food, or  hairballs on your marking guide. D. This is a helpful cat.2) As tea-cosy is to teapot, cat is to … [Read more...]

From #NoOn26 Defeat (‘Personhood’ Amendment in Mississippi) To 40 Days Of Treats

A little oversight on my part (sorry! But it doesn't mean you need to stop supporting!) - but The Forty Days of Treats finished at the start of this week with a rather relevant reminder: Here’s [Twitter] links to all the organizations that I blogged about during these 40 days - BPAS (@Clare_BPAS) Marie Stopes (@MarieStopes) Education for Choice (@EdForChoice) FPA (@FPACharity) Abortion Rights  (@Abortion_Rights) Abortion Support Network (@AbortionSupport)  Antenatal Results and Choices (@ … [Read more...]

Happy Carl Sagan Day!

I don't know whether the Obama administration meant to release a statement on denying a cover-up about alien life close to this day, but I quite like the quasi-synchronicity...10 years after the making of Cosmos - Carl Sagan reflects. … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – Mostly Mouse. And Marie Curie. AND MARIAN CALL!!

Monday Morning Muse - Because I Have To Have Somewhere To Post All These Photos.First of all - Marian Call interview out on the Token Skeptic podcast today! As soon as I've wrangled Libsyn to upload the audio, that is. So, expect that to be in about two hours. Once this cup of tea has kicked in. Here's some of the transcript: Kylie Sturgess:  For people who aren't familiar with your music, I try to find a way to describe it, and it's kind of a difficult style to pin down. Then you Tweeted … [Read more...]

Oh Dear. AVN Being Investigated After Touring My State?

I don't know if you can see the article (thanks to the Facebook group Stop the AVN) - but here's how it starts.Consumer Protection is investigating whether an anti-vaccination group breached charity laws by seeking donations at a series of meetings in WA in the past two weeks.The NSW-based AVN held public forums in Perth, Busselton, Jurien Bay and Geraldton, charging $15 and giving out brochures asking people to donate to the group.Brochures?Like this one that kate picked up during the … [Read more...]

The Skeptical Somnambulist (On A Saturday Morning)

Urgh. Imagine having a lengthy dream about coordinating four cats to get to three different veterinary establishments, all before 9am, with two requiring their yearly vaccinations and taken back home; another needing to be dropped off for an overnight operation at another venue across town, and... then waking up at 5.40am in the kitchen looking for a cat-carrier before realising that you've started sleepwalking again.While I’m not the same league as the active sleeptalker known as 'Sleep Ta … [Read more...]

Encouraging Diseases For Your Kids – From Pox Parties To Bioterrorism Via Mail

Dear holy hades. They are apparently on Facebook, although the Facebook page I found (pictured) said that they were just about having kids attend parties and not about sending viruses through the mail. Mind, it's not difficult for people to start up 'private groups' on this [UPDATE - just found one. About 155 people signed on, some identities clearly visible]KPHO News, Phoenix: Doctors and medical experts are concerned about a new trend taking place on Facebook. Parents are trading live … [Read more...]


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