The Pseudo Scientists Episode 59 — ENCODE and junk DNA, nano-ink, genetically-modified camels, and Ted reports on The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012
Belinda, Jack and Tom are joined by special guest Ted Janet to discuss his time at The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012 and the nature of skepticism and atheism. Plus, the ENCODE project goes up against human junk DNA, nano-particle fluorescent ink could increase currency security, camel milk could create a dystopian future, and we read some touching listener feedback.
The Pseudo Scientists Episode 58 — Peer pressure genetics, “photosynthetic” aphids, terrible science communication, and geoengineering the climate
Jack, Rachael, Tom and Belinda find out if your genes can make you more susceptible to peer pressure, if geoengineering could solve climate change, how NOT to publicise your scientific research, and why some insects might be able to extract energy from the Sun. Plus, Doctor Who is back, Belinda nearly fought a snake, and we answer some audience feedback about high school skeptic groups and Neil Armstrong’s famous words.
The Pseudo Scientists Episode 57 — The life of Neil Armstrong, the Big Chill, sperm, and Eugenie Scott
Belinda, Rachael and Tom reflect on the life of pioneering astronaut Neil Armstrong, look at colds and the Big Chill, and find out if there’s a link between nutrition and sperm health (and sex jokes). Plus, Ted interviews evolution education activist Eugenie Scott about intelligent design legislation and the approach to skepticism.
The Pseudo Scientists Episode 56 — DNA data storage, the male reproductive pill, and James “The Amazing” Randi
Belinda, Tom, Rachael and Jack wonder about the feasibility of DNA-based information storage, look at a new breakthrough in the development of a male reproductive pill and touch on an update to the Kinesio Tape story from Episode 51. Plus, Ted interviews James Randi, living skeptical legend, magician and founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation.
The Pseudo Scientists Episode 55 — Teleportation, strange beliefs in the skeptical movement, art-tech from Curiosity, and Evan Bernstein
Richard, Belinda and Jack discuss an artistic spin-off from the Curiosity Mars Rover, successful 100km quantum teleportation, and a list of potentially dodgy things that some skeptics and atheists might believe. Plus, Ted interviews Evan Bernstein, from the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast, about how the show got started, the link between fantasy and skepticism, and the pathways into skepticism. And Richard has a secret to tell…
The Pseudo Scientists Episode 54 — Tom Lang, the Curiosity Mars Rover, the London 2012 Olympics and Jay Novella
Jack, Belinda, Richard and new panel member Tom Lang dive into the disparate worlds of the Curiosity Mars Rover landing and the 2012 London Olympics. Plus, Ted interviews Jay Novella, one of the hosts of the influential and renowned Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe podcast, on the link between skepticism and atheism, how the SGU got started, and how to live life as a skeptic.
The Pseudo Scientists Episode 53 — The roots of depression, Sally Ride, ageing brains and Carrie Poppy
Richard, Belinda and Rachael chat about the possible evolutionary roots of depression, the passing of Sally Ride, and research on how women’s brains age. Also, Ted interviews Carrie Poppy, Communications Director for the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), about her path to skepticism. Finally, Belinda has a sore throat (but it’s subtle, so you might not notice it).
The Pseudo Scientists Episode 52 — Chemical ghosts, obesity vaccines, exploding stars and Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith
Belinda, Rachael, Richard and Jack discuss the chemical ghost of a 120 million year-old bird, a vaccine against obesity (and why it might not be such a good idea) and a fascinating exploding star. Plus, Belinda interviews astronomer Dr. Lisa Harvey-Smith about the Square Kilometre Array telescope.