For the eighteenth episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Will Farr (again!) to chat about the science and science-fiction of asteroids.
Belinda and Jack present the audio from Belinda’s recent story at The Laborastory about pioneering female astronomer Ruby Payne-Scott. Plus a couple of other things, naturally.
Belinda and Jack get another dose of astrophysics with Alan Duffy, a charming cosmologist, and chat about Australia’s new lack of a science minister, Voyager 1’s trip out of the solar system, and the scientific argument against gay marriage. Jargonauts goes into questionable territory with “harassment”, and Question of the Week is a brutal free-for-all about which area of science deserves the least amount of funding.
Jack is joined by returning guest Upulie Divisekera to delve into discovering element 115, why NASA wants to put a vacuum cleaner on the Moon, and how genomics is changing the way we treat tuberculosis. Jargonauts emits information about fluorescence and phosphorescence, and Question of the Week finds out if you want to upload your consciousness to the Internet.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 101 — Black hole firewalls, bomb detectors, visual music and self-indulgence, with Katie Mack
Jack and Belinda explode into the new (podcast) century with astrophysicist Katie Mack, returning for her second podcast experience. They chat about black hole firewalls, fake bomb detector fraud and why music might be judged more by sight than by hearing. Jargonauts disappears over the “horizon”, and Question of the Week gets extremely… self-indulgent. We apologise. Maybe.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 96 — Heaven through Twitter, blue exoplanets, skepticism vs. science communication, and science jokes
Belinda, Tom and Jack find out why using Twitter can get you into Heaven faster, how the first blue exoplanet was discovered, and why skepticism and science communication are different to each other. Jargonauts reflects on “albedo”, and Question of the Week ruins comedy forever with everyone’s favourite science jokes.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 93 — Gene patenting, psychologically-damaged siblings, Kepler and psychic powers
Belinda, Jack and Tom find out why tormenting your siblings might not be as harmless as you thought, why the Kepler space telescope isn’t out of action yet, and what the deal is with gene patenting. Jargonauts gets specific and sensitive with… “specificity” and “sensitivity”, and the Question of the Week looks at what you’d need to be convinced that psychic powers were real.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 91 — Fuel from algae, detecting dark matter, nerve gas and science on TV, with Katie Mack
Jack, Tom and — *gasp* — Belinda are joined by astrophysicist Katie Mack to discuss algae fuel, detecting dark matter, why an Australian politician thinks CFCs are causing global warming, and why a blowfly protein might save you from nerve gas. Jargonauts collapses together with “accretion”, and Question of the Week takes a look at the best TV can offer in terms of science.