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

Tremendous thanks again to Alom Shaha for agreeing to an interview for the Token Skeptic podcast prior to his successful Australian tour. He’s got a number of interviews out that I’ve mentioned, such as 3RR and John Safran, but I’m so very pleased to announce that Embiggen Books features a transcript of my one! Alom Shaha: I feel like I’m on the verge of having a massive change in my life. I’m an unknown writer. I’m a new writer, and I’ve… Read more

I can’t write much, as I’m attempting to finish this San Churro chocolate drink without falling asleep in it. I’m not kidding, I have a big chocolate smudge on my nose. You’ll have to settle for pictures of the event itself as I’m a total, if happy, mess. We just had the most tremendous fun at Embiggen Books for the “Skeps and Specs” gameshow and booklaunch for the Skeptical Blog Anthology. Which is why I’ve got a suitcase full of… Read more

I’m about to zoom on back over to the Embiggen Bookstore for today’s YAS Skeps And Specs Live Podcast Show and Skeptical Book Anthology Launch, but FIRST… I must show you this, with thanks to Kirsty! It’s been a few years since I’ve checked in with The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies so I thought it would be a good time to look in on Hollywood and see if there’s been any substantial improvement in women’s representations on the… Read more

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