More Token Skeptic Podcast! #179: Skeptical Science, Brain Craft And The Science Of Immunisation

The interviews for this podcast were done on the VERY last day of the #ASC14 event that happened earlier this week, during the final few breaks that we had between the sessions. At one point you can hear the next session bell rings and Vanessa and I run off to go check out the next lecture.Episode One Hundred And Seventy Nine – On Adventures At The #ASC14 – Skeptical Science, Brain Craft And The Science Of Immunisation. I really enjoyed talking to them all and I hope you enjoy listening to th … [Read more...]

My TEDxPerth Talk! Superstition ‘Ain’t The Way

Feel free to watch it - because I'm not going to. It's too late at night, I've just finished the first of three very long conference days... and I'm too shy.But I did get a wonderful surprise:So, maybe it's not so bad a talk after all! Thank you again, Luke Copley, my coach, and all the TEDxPerth-ers!Enjoy, and please do follow along on the #ASC14 Tweet stream (or check out the Storifies!) if you're interested in science communication and one of the biggest events yet in … [Read more...]

Science Communication Hits Brisbane Big Time In 2014 – #ASC14 National Conference

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I've got a few items to pass onto you, the first is something I've been contributing to a little behind the scenes and I hope to get the first interview out tomorrow!If you're interested in science and are Australian, New Zealand... from anywhere! This will be something you want to put onto your New Year Resolutions to attend: Join us for the Australian Science Communicators Conference 2014 (#ASC14) in Brisbane. This is the premier networking, professional development and interactive event … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – September Teaser – The Incomplete Map of the Cosmic Genome

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Another Reason Why I Want To See Gravity NOW

The brilliant initial trailer for it had me hooked. And now?Alfonso Cuaron Defends Having Female Lead in Gravity - Melissa Silverstein and Kerensa Cadenas in Women and Hollywood:Science fiction, like the superhero genre is all about the guys to Hollywood though we know that is completely not the case. It's a genre that is ripe with potential for great female roles which Cuaron recognized. On occasion we get kick-ass, complex women like Alien's Ellen Ripley, Battlestar Galactica's Kara … [Read more...]

Sorry To Break It To You, “The Fifth Estate”, But Australians Don’t Sound Like That

But I might see your film anyway.Perhaps.Benedict Cumberbatch being Julian Assange:(Besides, anything that's going to feature Stanley Tucci doing the sexy-thang with the glasses is going to make me guffaw at inappropriate moments during the more serious content.) … [Read more...]

ScienceRewired Big Science Communication Summit Videos Now Out!

So - it's been a while since I've blogged! Thankfully, teaching is now over for the term and with a little holiday in the near future to focus on upcoming studies and recording, all should be back on track. The 365 Days of Philosophy blog has, as always, been keeping up with every day.Up next is an update about all the podcasts, including ones that appear to have been listed, but not actually downloadable via iTunes. Which is frustrating, but able to be amended.Until then - check out the … [Read more...]

#Profs And Pints – Tricky Techs And Genetic Threats

It was a long day, with exam invigilation, classwork and then realising about an hour before it was about to start - that Profs and Pints was starting again this year!Here's a Storify of some of the Tweets, and yes - we'll all have to catch up again soon! The next session is on: Tuesday 25 June FUNCTIONAL STUPIDITY What are the consequences when we don’t listen to science? Guest speaker: Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall, Professor Igor Bray.[View the story "#ProfsAndPints - … [Read more...]

#BigSci13 Storify Of #OnSci – Challenges, Impediments And Issues Facing Science Communicators, Educators, Policymakers And Innovators In Australia

Check out all the blogging over on the official ScienceRewired site at - and if any of the discussion points fire you up, contribute some of your OWN ideas at:*****[View the story "#bigsci13 - The Challenges - #onsci" on Storify] … [Read more...]

Easter Eggs, Facebook Policies And Articles With A Penguin And A Playlist (Oh My!)

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So, I'm surrounded by fragments of Easter eggs and toy Angry Birds, listening to the neighbours laughing about how their kids are STILL sulking about Easter from two years ago and how someone got an egg someone else wanted and how they couldn't handle it and how they refused to clean up any of the foil paper litter until they got their way... then when the other kid just gave up and bloody well GAVE them the egg... then they STILL threw a tantrum... Oh, why hadn't they got an Easter egg from … [Read more...]

Australians! Support Seeking West Australian Sharks And Community Radio Nation-Wide

Two projects that the locals and the nationals can help out with! Let's find out the facts about sharks: Do you use the ocean in Western Australia?If so, we would really appreciate your help with our research. Please click here to fill out our survey. It should take about 15 minutes to complete.Over the past couple of years encounters between people and sharks have received a huge amount of public attention. This is particularly true in Western Australia, where five reported fatal encounters … [Read more...]