Congratulations Sara Mayhew – Northern Arts Grant By The Ontario Arts Council!

When Sara Mayhew isn't appearing on Pharyngula's blog, giving a well-deserved smack-down to Deepak Chopra - she's lecturing on skepticism and manga at a few of those internationally renown conferences that appear here and there... and winning awards! The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has awarded Sara E. Mayhew a $10,000 grant for her series, Legend of the Ztarr, through their Northern Arts program. The Northern Arts program provides funding to emerging, mid-career and established individual artist … [Read more...]

From 40 Days Of Treats – UN States Told They Must Legalise Abortion

Subscribers to the Token Skeptic podcast would have caught up with the 40 Days of Treats campaign - and if you haven't, do check out their site and the proactive strategies to support legalised abortion: The idea behind the “Forty Days of Treats” is to show support by providing gifts of not only cakes and snacks, but also urging postcards and donations for the likes of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), whose offices are currently being targeted by the “Forty Days for Life” protest … [Read more...]

Vaccination Misinformation – AVN Seminars In Western Australia On NOT Vaccinating

Today is World Polio Day – 24th October 2011. Tomorrow, a notorious anti-vaccination group will be heading to my town.If you want to challenge anti-vaccination proponents - don't get mad. Get the facts out. There may very well be members of the public who are seeking information and may need some pointers, rather than Meryl Dorey and the AVN's misinformation.This was why I created the website called Australian Vaccination Network's Seminar on Vaccination: Making The Right Choice. This was a w … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – The Behind-The-Scenes At The Museum Ninja Edition

Monday Morning Muse - Because This Light-Headed Feeling Must Be Good For Something Other Than Looking at A Photo Of A Cat And Going Nyaaaaaaaaannnnnnn.But first, let us hail the ninja. Long live the ninja. The full report can be found on the website: http://improvintoronto.com.Thinks that got me thinging? Or something like that. My brain, it went pop:ALL HALLOW'S READ on All Hallow's Eve - the author Neil Gaiman has created a new tradition: give scary books out to kids on Halloween. I am … [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 too. Thursday. 6-7.30pm a … [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 c … [Read more...]

F’ing Magnets – And HOW Do They Work! (I Can Has Hoverboard?)

You've probably seen the news reports getting excited about hoverboards - Tel-Aviv University demos quantum superconductors locked in a magnetic field.From Gizmondo: "An unidentified member of the university's Superconductivity Group School of Physics and Astronomy shows off the quantum locking, or quantum trapping, effects of a magnet that's been super cooled with liquid nitrogen. Now we've probably all seen demonstrations of super cooled magnets floating above a track before, with promises of … [Read more...]

SkeptiCamp Melbourne – This Saturday (And They Need A Hand!)

How to tell you're unwell? You interrogate everyone on Google + as to why they're following you, and become moved to tears when someone says 'I only follow teh awesum'. Then you have a bath for an hour... and forty-five minutes later, can't remember if you had a bath or not. I've accidentally let the cat outside and brought him in twice within ten minutes. In short, I am an absolute mess. :(But there's one thing I will remember to do correctly - give a shout-out to SkeptiCamp Melbourne. It's … [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 regarding Plan … [Read more...]

Unwell And The Links That Don’t Help Much (A Bill Cosby Drumming Interlude)

I have a cold. I've just written the Sunday post that I'll schedule for tomorrow morning... but I thought that I should write something here.Something.Oh god my head hurts. And I feel awful as I'm letting someone down about a meeting tomorrow but I don't think I should drive a car let alone be typing anything other than pls get hdache tablts thx into my phone.I could post you links to illusionist Derren Brown talking to Philosopher, author and Open University lecturer Nigel Warburton about … [Read more...]


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