Pharmacy Guild Of Australia Withdraws Endorsement Of Alt Med Company Blackmores

My earlier blog-post features the details of the case:  ‘Coke And Fries’ Backlash – Pharmacy Guild Of Australia’s Alt Med Tie-In With Blackmores.Pharmacy Guild of Australia press release (PDF) Link The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and Blackmores have agreed that the Gold Cross endorsement of the Blackmores Companions range of complementary medicines will be withdrawn. The mutual decision has been taken in view of the strong level of public concern about the proposal, based on some media reportin … [Read more...]

It’s All Happening… Global Atheist Convention Advert #AtheistCon

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Tragic News – Apple Reports Steve Jobs Has Died

Official Statement from Apple.com - they've put up a website.It's also on the front page of The New York Times online edition. Tragic news, statement released by Apple: Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being... If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com This is with a hat-tip to Donna Mugavero, who posted it first and will also be sad about the news:Steve Jobs, from a … [Read more...]

Thursday Morning What-The – Nudity, Art, Floating Feet And Mission Impossible Squirrels

NOTICE - if you're in Perth today (and why wouldn't you be?) - the UWA Atheists and Skeptics Society are doing their weekly pub get-together at 1pm in the UWA Tavern and there's a Facebook RSVP here!By the way, I'm going to be on the next episode of the podcast Science On Top! I don't think the theme of the show has been revealed, but this next video is a tremendously big hint.2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Periodic Table of Videos. Daniel Shechtman is awarded the Nobel Prize for his d … [Read more...]

Felicia Day And Sean Austin With ‘Behind the Scenes: When Galaxies Collide’

Many thanks to Gold for this find! :)Felicia Day explains some of the science behind galactic "collisions," including the upcoming collision between the galaxy Andromeda and our own galaxy, in this mock behind-the-scenes look at the making of a NASA educational video. Starring Felicia Day ("The Guild," "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar") and Sean Astin ("Lord of the Rings" Trilogy, "Special Agent Oso").Met her at Dragon*Con. Professional and focused. Very impressive. :) … [Read more...]

Tim Minchin And Dennis Kelly’s ‘Matilda’ TwitterView

Okay, sure, not STRICTLY skepticism, I know, I know... but I do love Roald Dahl, especially when combined with the songs of Tim Minchin.Here he is with the writer Dennis Kelly, answering questions about 'Matilda', the musical that was transfered from the The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Stratford-Upon-Avon's theatre to the West End. There will be an iTunes release on the 18th October coinciding with the musical’s first preview night.You can check out more of the musical (the London p … [Read more...]

Iszi Lawrence With Ladylike Lessons: How To Put Your Face On

I saw Iszi perform in August 2008, as a part of the Camden Fringe - and oddly enough, ended up being on the same train as her after the show. I don't recall her make-up being particularly note-worthy, but her tales of her family during her show were well worth catching.Notice in the background, a sketch depicting the main characters from Léon: The Professional.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsgUdPGXUZ8 … [Read more...]

The IQ2 ‘Atheists Are Wrong’ Debate – If You Can Stomach It

Okay - is there ANYONE out there who can debate (even as an atheist! I'm open to that!) the AFFIRMATIVE to 'Atheists Are Wrong' without going off-topic?Seriously. I was looking forward to this debate. I thought 'Excellent, a good teaching resource, it'll be something that I can use for discussion and students who want to come up with good pro-and-cons as to being religious or being atheist can keep this in mind and perhaps be inspired.' But this one went... and I guess it's the first thing … [Read more...]

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – Sisters Are Doing It (Science And Secular)

Wednesday Morning Links Of Love: Because Everyone Needs A RSS-cit With Their Morning Coffee. If you have a link, tweet it to my Twitter account at TokenSkeptic!From Alom Shaha, on Twitter - Jo Marchant on Guardian ScienceBlogs: Why are so few popular science books written by women? There are plenty of women writing about science, but their names rarely make it onto bookshelves or into the shortlist of the Royal Society's science book prize. From Leslie Cannold, on Twitter - great book review o … [Read more...]

Brave New Rationalist Bookshop – Art To Celebrate Embiggen Books’ Grand (Re)Opening

Dear C,Remember that little local artist's painting I sent you back in 2007? The one that's small enough to use as a coffee-mat, that I got from one of several folders that were full of plastic sleeves and original sketches and paintings? Assorted art that the artist didn't seem to want hanging around? Remember how I told you that the artist won a freaking Oscar this year?PLEASE put yours in a frame now...Love, K.Yes, the picture is one of many that feature in the windows of Em … [Read more...]

Australian Astrophysicist Joint-Winner Of Nobel Prize!

Yes, I know, I know - we've enjoyed the Australian wins for the Ig-Nobel's already - but here's the real deal and Australians are featured! From ABC News: Australian National University astronomer Brian Schmidt has been named a joint winner of the 2011 Nobel physics prize for his research into supernovae. The prize was awarded "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae", the Nobel Committee for Physics at the Royal Swedish Academy … [Read more...]


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