For the eighth episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Millie Scanlan to chat about lots of various little things (aka. nothing). Millie is Jack’s 17 year-old sister and just finished her second-last year of high school. She probably wants to be a doctor or something, she hasn’t made up her mind yet. This is essentially a bonus episode, so don’t complain.
Jack and Liz share Christmas cheer in what will probably be the last Classic™ episode of 2013. A new mammal discovery in Brazil doesn’t mean Bigfoot is real, Wi-Fi routers are not killing your plants, and antibacterial soap isn’t killing more bacteria than regular soap. An episode of negatives! Jargonauts gets charged up with “ionisation”, and we share some of our favourite podcasts that you might want to listen to over the (short) break.
For the seventh episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Luke Weston to chat about the risks, technologies, public perception and misconceptions of nuclear power. Luke is a freelance writer, physicist and electronics and computer systems engineer, and has contributed to the Young Australian Skeptics for many years. When he’s not watching videos of babies having their cochlear implants turned on for the first time, he’s involved in the Lunar Numbat collaboration, trying to get Australian rockets into orbit.
Belinda, Jack, Sarah are joined by their newest cohost, Elizabeth Riaikkenen, and discuss her adventures being a skeptic in high school. But there’s science news too: the base of the tree of life might be wrong, and exam results don’t correlate with fluid intelligence. Jargonauts is all about that “abiogenesis” life, and Question of the Week ponders whether or not it is unethical to teach your kids about Santa.
Sleek designs, marketing brilliance and awe-inspiring technology are all behind Apple’s soaring popularity. On top of this, the company boasts of eco-friendly products, but a closer inspection may reveal more cunning tactics. One of Apple’s green initiatives, the Environmental Product Reports,…
It’s approaching Christmas time! Or the Holiday Season if you prefer, I guess. Whether or not non-religious people should celebrate a holiday that has roots in religious traditions is another topic entirely… but I do want to focus on one aspect of Christmas — teaching children about the existence of Santa Claus. Does this activity harm children, in the sense that they may be more open to suggestion about the existence of other non-existent beings, or does the inevitable realisation that they have been lied to make them more skeptical as adults?
Tom, Sarah and Jack discuss bacteria acquiring mammoth DNA, beliefs on different sides of the political spectrum, and why memories and fears might be able to be passed to your children. Jargonauts works through “alignment”, and the Question of the Week is all about the public image of the skeptical community.
Whenever I tell someone the focus of my research is flies, a strange look usually passes across their face. “No no,” I hastily add, “not the big ones you’re probably thinking about — fruit flies. Tiny things.” At this point I usually hold…