Sarah, Nicola and Jack dive deep into the genetics of homosexuality, why autoimmune diseases aren’t caused by female self-hatred, and why young children love to laugh at everyone else’s misfortune. Plus: a new YAS project in the works, Australian Christmas, hail, and homosexual conversion.
Jack is joined by returning guest Upulie Divisekera to freak out about electric bacteria and why they might be able to turn us into cyborgs, how an anti-GMO activist royally screwed up, and the essentiality of respiration.
Sarah and Jack do the sexiest episode yet (probably) just in time for Easter, with news about lab-grown vaginas, the proteins that lock egg and sperm together, and the crazy things semen does to virgin female flies, while Jargonauts is all about the various types of tissue/organ grafts. Sexy.
For the thirteenth episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Jonathan Meddings to chat about the controversy surrounding infant male circumcision. Jonathan holds a degree in medical science with honours from James Cook University and is currently a student…
For the fourth episode of Unfiltered Thoughts, Jack sits down with Tom Lang to chat about biological comedy, particularly his 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival show Love, Factually. Tom is a science communicator, comedian, writer and board game enthusiast. He’s also a regular panelist on The Pseudoscientists, but if you’ve only been listening to the show for the past month or so, you probably didn’t know that.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 89 — The Jim-gularity, gold mine bacteria, abortion, and the limits of science
Jack, Sarah and Tom find out how and why the owner of Jim’s Many Business Franchises wants to change the world with a crazy scheme, how bacteria can live in arsenic-rich gold mines, and discuss the complex issue of abortion. Jargonauts harks back to high school chemistry class with redox reactions, and Question of the Week looks at the limitations of science: is there anything it can’t answer?
Of all the sciences, biology is literally the one closest to my heart. Physics is just practical mathematics. Chemistry is just soggy physics. But biology is something special. If you could take a little pile of perfectly ordinary chemicals (from Bunnings, say),…
The Pseudoscientists Episode 86 — Sleeping flies, Martian colonists, freaky animal sex, and gender identity
Tom and Jack discuss flies sleeping like humans, the crazy ambitions of the Mars One project to have people on Mars by 2023, and the weird sex that animals have. Jargonauts takes a look at comas, and we discuss last week’s Question of the Week on gender identity (and sexuality, of course).