Jack is joined by new co-host Joanna Ward to discuss online scientific hoaxes, the annoying trend of “viral” Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts that steal science images, and why parachutes will save you from falling out of a plane even though they haven’t been tested “scientifically”, while Jargonauts gets a rush from “endorphins”.
The Internet has revolutionised the way we communicate, right? It’s brought us all together and enables instantaneous knowledge transfer between people who would otherwise never meet? Well, on paper, sure.
The Pseudoscientists Episode 87 — @realscientists, glowing trees and treating autism, with Upulie Divisekera
Jack and Tom are joined by science communicator extraordinare Upulie Divisekera to discuss her successful Twitter project @realscientists, why glowing trees won’t replace streetlamps, and why a treatment for autism might be around the corner. Jargonauts looks at “epigenetics”, and we think about whether or not we’d go on a “suicide” mission to Mars, with some help from your opinions.
Arse-kissing is not a recent phenomenon. It has probably been used since the dinosaurs roamed the earth (how else would a T-Rex convince anyone to help scratch himself, with those teeeeeny little arms of his?) and I don’t see it disappearing…