Using the world’s most powerful assembly of lasers, a team of American physicists and engineers have, for the first time, extracted more energy from laboratory-scale nuclear fusion than was absorbed by the fuel to trigger it.
In Chapter 1 of Disbelieving Disbelief, edited by Phillip Brown, Robert Martin provides a brief overview of the position of well-known atheists Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett, identifying their principle objections to religion being that it is…
Barbie was very disgruntled when she woke up in the dollhouse. Everything smelled of vinyl and was so obliteratingly shiny, she had to wear sunnies indoors. Her stomach, despite its negligible size, was gurgling like a sewer monster, and Ken…
This week on Science Saturday, I get a big gay(er than usual) and talk a bit about how biology and natural selection might explain different forms of human sexuality.
Sarah and Jack sink deep into the recent debate between Bill Nye the Science Guy and young Earth creationist Ken Ham and discuss the question of whether or not scientists should debate creationists, and also take a look at the alarming prevalence of “tropical” diseases in countries such as the US and Australia. Jargonauts submits itself to Jack’s will and takes on “endosymbiont”, too. What a ride.
For the eleventh episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Nicola McCaskill to chat about the complex topic of improving science education. Nicola is a 4th year Arts (Journalism)/Science (Immunology) student at Monash University. Her life dream is to help see through changes in the way we educate people about and communicate science, particularly for the mainstream public. Her other interests include cheesecake, lipstick, sausage dogs and naps.
Jack, Sarah and Rachael chat about dog cancer… a lot? Specifically, how a transmissible dog cancer might be as old as dogs themselves, why dogs can smell cancer, and how humans might be able to do the same thing with sick people in general — and Jargonauts doesn’t go far from the medical theme with “mortality” vs. “morbidity”.
Jack and Liz are joined by Melbourne stand-up and improvisational comedian Liam Ryan to chat about a mysterious rock on Mars, how teenagers ruined a longitudinal health study, and why stereotypes about comedians might actually hold some weight, while Jargonauts lays eggs in “parasitoid”.