Jack, Joanna and Sarah make a triumphant return to the studio to delve into how protein evolution can help save us from climate change, what the deal is with ebola, and why mantis shrimp are the coolest animals on Earth. Plus: theses, jobs, superhero shows, and nuclear fusion.
Sarah and Jack look at the science and skeptical themes in the recent movies “Lucy”, “Snowpiercer”, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the James Randi documentary “An Honest Liar” and also touch on some self-assembling robots and turning brown butterflies purple.
Jack is joined by young UK skeptic Rhys Morgan to discuss the health effects of wind farms, why multi-level marketing schemes are horrible scams, and why dozens and dozens of whale fossils are being found in one spot in Chile — while Jargonauts persists with “extant”.
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.
Belinda, Liz and Jack are joined by Lauren Cochrane, President of the Canberra Skeptics, to chat about new developments in fish-tetrapod evolution, why coffee might boost your memory, and which scientific ideas are ready for retirement, while Jargonauts gets holistic with “emergence”.
Sarah and Jack are joined by guest host James Garth to discuss if Christians can be skeptics, why TED Talks aren’t the greatest thing since sliced bread, how children can be born with three parents, and what the latest Pew Forum data says about US acceptance of evolution. Jargonauts separates the in-group from the out-group with “shibboleth”, and Sarah presents an update on acupuncture vs. dry needling.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 92 — “Praying” to science, online dating, Australian climate change denial and media misrepresentation
Tom and Jack think about why atheists might “pray” to science in times of stress, scientifically studying online dating, and how Australia ranks when it comes to acceptance of climate change science. Jargonauts delves into evolutionary biology with “ortholog” and “paralog”, and the Question of the Week explores the misrepresentation of science in the media.