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

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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

WANT – Corn Mazes In Space! (Or Crop Circles For Science)

From the Examiner's Space Exploration column, by Paul Scott Anderson (click to embiggen): Space-themed corn mazes celebrate NASA! Most people have seen or heard about corn mazes, those huge patterns cut into corn fields in a wide variety of shapes and themes, where you can wander around in them and try to find your way out again. Similar to but not quite the same as crop circles, they have become a very popular form of agritourism, especially for children. Now NASA is getting in on it a … [Read more...]

Donors Choose Challenge At Freethought Blogs

This is the first time I've been part of a blogging network that took part in something like Donors Choose - and yes, there's a number of us at FreeThought Blogs who are involved! Here's the FreeThought Blog Leaderboard for science blogging, so you can see how the team is going.I was entertained by Digital Cuttlefish's verse on the matter (as always): So please join with me, and this atheist squad (though your money’s still good if you worship a god, Or an idol, a tree, or a c … [Read more...]

NRG TitaniumION Rubber Bands Get Bounced By Rebel Sport

In a blog post over at Science Based Medicine, ('Pseudoscience Sells') Dr Steve Novella sums up TitaniumION Bands: Next up is the Titanium Ion Bands. Their claims are essentially the same – wear a little bracelet on your wrist and you will have improved performance. Instead of holograms and frequencies, their bands are alleged to work through negative ions. This is just another recycled pseudoscientific claim that has been around for years. Just search on “negative ions” and you will see a variet … [Read more...]

Climate Change Denial Machine – Flow Chart

From Wilson daSilva - Flow chart of climate denial machine produced by sociologists.It says that it's from Dunlap and McCright, 'Organised Climate-Change Denial' in the Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, Oxford University Press, 2011, p.147. … [Read more...]


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