Sarah is joined by new host Nicola McCaskill to chat about the puny immune systems of men, the development of autism, and changes to Australia’s racial discrimination legislation, while also growing everyone’s knowledge about carcinogens in Jargonauts. Plus: Tom’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival show “Love, Factually”, Sarah’s research, and green coffee beans.
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”.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 98 — Unhealthy happiness, pseudoscientific science, and a Laborastory interview
Tom, Belinda and Jack find out why there are healthy and unhealthy forms of happiness, and interview Nat, Aaron and Andrea from The Laborastory storytelling night about why science makes for such good stories. Jargonauts fixes the definition of “polymorphism”, and Question of the Week tries to find some ideas in science that might actually be a little bit pseudoscientific.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 95 — The physics of cancer, existential humour, sitting dishonestly, and politics
Tom, Sarah and Jack are not Holocaust deniers. Let’s just get that out of the way first. Anyway, they talk about crazy physics theories about cancer, why death can make you funnier, and why sitting comfortably can make you lie. Jargonauts descends into chaos with “entropy”, and the Question of the Week piggybacks on recent political turmoil to look at what we want from the government, scientifically.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 94 — Komodo dragon bites, bacterial DNA, hunger and conspiracy theories, with Kylie Sturgess
Amid a storm of politics, Jack, Rachael, Belinda and Tom are joined by skeptical blogger and podcaster Kylie Sturgess to discuss the recent Science Rewired conference, why being hungry makes you crazy, bacterial DNA in cancer genomes, and dirty Komodo dragon bites. Jargonauts defines “the Dunning-Kruger effect”, and Question of the Week looks at whether or not a global conspiracy would actually change anything about the world.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 66 — Tasmanian devil face cancer, vitamin supplements, the US election, and science and morality
Jack and Belinda go solo (duo?) this week to look into the nasty epigenetic evolution of Tasmanian devil facial cancer, as well as new studies on the health effects of vitamin and mineral supplements. Plus, Jargonauts looks at the commonly-used phrase “begging the question”, and we discuss your answers to last week’s question on science and morality. Next week’s question: Should genetically-modified food be labelled?