This has never happened before. As in ever. Okay – I remember once getting a gorgeous (and ginormous) display of red roses at my workplace one Valentine’s Day years ago – which meant I blushingly fetched them from the front office and RAN to my car to hide them before the whole school saw them. But then the most gossipy staff-member in the southern hemisphere saw me attempting (in vain) to wedge them out of sight behind the passenger seat… Read more

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How can we, as a culture and as members of the global community, involve, educate, and inspire girls in a positive way? Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities and women’s groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues. My… Read more

Hello. Let’s get this out of the way. I’m Australian. I’m female. I’m white. I’m college-educated. I’ve been to the USA a few times and I have a few friends who are atheists, and a lot of friends from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, who greatly inform my world-view. You won’t often hear me mentioned by mainstream skeptics or atheists (if at all) and I guess I’m happy doing podcast episodes, writing articles and supporting as many fellow non-mainstream… Read more

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KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice. Interesting news – apparently a Tumblr that criticises the campaign is blocked on Facebook? “Is awareness good? Yes. But these problems are highly complex, not one-dimensional and, frankly, aren’t of the nature that can be solved by postering, film-making and changing your Facebook profile picture,… Read more

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In an exclusive interview to mark International Women’s Day 2012, Professor Ian Frazer explains how he invented the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer. Professor Ian Frazer discusses his invention of the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer from GAVI Alliance. Read more

I’m editing a podcast episode, which features two women who currently or have worked in television and film (one in technology and online / new media; the other in science communication and documentaries) – naturally, they to discuss the challenges they’ve faced. It seems impossible not to. Having written about (and personally experienced) circumstances in which there were determined efforts to silence or disparage such work, I noticed some synchronistic events popping up in my RSS newsfeed over the past twelve… Read more

Firstly, before anything else – check out Science On Top later today, to listen to Ed Brown and Dr Krystal of 3RRR’s Einstein A-Go-Go and Sarah Keenihan of Bridge 8 talk about the recent National Science Communicators conference (#ASC2012) that we attended in Sydney! I don’t know what the show will be called, but Ed has a habit of grabbing a funny phrase or off-handed comment during the show and making it the title. I hope it’s not a comment about @tribalscientist… Read more

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