Researchers have created a hilarious but incredible new way of
tackling cancers. They've recruited sperm to deliver drugs direct
to cancer cells. Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes
to order a coffee.
Maynard's Spooky Action....
Sydney March for Science
A HUGE day out for Maynard and the Skeptic Zone crew in
Sydney as we cover the March for Science on the 22nd of April. Included
in the report is the press release from Australian Skeptics, and
Dr Karl - Eran Segev - Jessica Singer - Tim Mendham - Prof.
Mike Archer - Alethea Dean - Julie McCrossin - Lara Benham
and many, many more!
Washington D.C. March for Science
The talented Celestia Ward and the skillful
Dr Angie Mattke send us a report live from the march in
Washington.... followed by reflection on the event.... and pizza!
Black liquorice jelly beans are the worst jelly beans! A Canadian
man was recently hospitalised because of his addiction to these
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order a coffee
$10 Million Dollars!
Vitamin company Blackmores has donated $10 million to the
National Institute of Complementary Medicine at Western Sydney University.
The amount – described as “untied” and “a
gift” – is a 50/50 split between the Blackmore Foundation,
run by Marcus and Caroline Blackmore, and the Blackmores company
itself. It is said to be “the most significant investment
into research and development in the history of the company”.
If you need 20,000 people in your study, what do you do? Go large!
Studies are more and more turning to crowdsourcing their samples,
and it's a great opportunity for us. Brew Ha Ha: Science in less
time than it takes to order coffee.
Chiropractors make up 0.8 per cent of all registered health
practitioners across the National Scheme, and yet complaints about
possible statutory offences by chiropractors in 2015-16 constituted
44.6 per cent of all such complaints across all of the 14 registered
Pete Evans, celebrity chef, Paleo diet promoter, and 2015
winner of the Australian Skeptics’ Bent Spoon award, can’t
understand why the Australian Medical Association thinks he’s
irresponsible and putting people’s health at risk by exercising
his “wilful arrogance” in “mischievously questioning
“Well well well,” he said, following a barrage of criticism
from the AMA and others. “The AMA has once again tweeted that
I am putting people’s lives at risk….WHY?”
Our thoughts are with North Queensland today as it cops a belting
from Cyclone Debbie. Here's how to make it through the information
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it takes to order coffee.
Choice has put a so-called Geoclense Home Harmonizer through
a test, and found it to be a waste of money and sure to turn off
Geoclense is sold as a “Geopathic Stress and Electromagnetic
Radiation Harmonizer”. The product, supplied by Victorian
company Orgone Effects Australia, is a solid block of green plastic
resin with a plug moulded into the back. It has no components or
circuitry – it is simply the block and a plug.
Geoclense Home Harmonizer review from CHOICE
The Geoclense Home Harmonizer promises to neutralise electromagnetic
radiation, radio frequencies and cosmic energy – all of which
can apparently sap your energy, rob you of sleep and drain your
life force. In our modern world these things are impossible to avoid,
but this solid block of plastic promises to bring an end to your
This week Heidi looks at the bizzare, strange, odd, unusual, out
there, extraordinary, fantastic, curious, weird, way-out, peculiar,
eccentric, abnormal, ludicrous, irregular, rum, uncommon, singular,
grotesque, perplexing, uncanny, mystifying, off-the-wall, outlandish,
comical, oddball, off the rails, zany, unaccountable, off-beat,
left-field, freakish, wacko, outré, cockamamie practice of
Agrohomeopathy... which is treating sick plants with sugar water.
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it
takes to order a coffee
Forget everything you know about dinosaurs, because it could all
be wrong. Sounds weird, but they may have come from the UK according
to a new family tree. Brew Ha Ha: science in less time than it takes
to order a coffee.
Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time than it
takes to order a coffee
With Tania Meyer
Where do you stand on the great debate between antibacterial soap,
and good old-fashioned scrubbing?
Science and technology is as much a part of our cultural fabric
as art, music, theatre and literature. They play a significant role
in our daily lives, yet, in a world dependent on science, we often
take them for granted. Australia's Science Channel believes every
citizen has a right, and a responsibility, to be informed, and our
mission is to create programs to bring that about.
Belle Gibson guilty but delusional and now
for the next fad
Belle Gibson has been found guilty of misleading and deceptive
conduct in the Federal Court for claiming that special diets and alternative
medicine had cured brain cancer that she had never had.
But in her findings, Justice Debra Mortimer added that the fake
‘wellness’ blogger may have been suffering “some
kind of delusion” that she had cancer rather than acting unconscionably,
as Consumers Affairs Victoria had insisted.
Who is your preferred source for health advice? Gwyneth Paltrow?
Pete Evans? Or qualified medical practitioners – like Dr Oz?
I hate to break it to you, but if you’re getting advice from
any of these people, you’re quite likely being misled.
Sensing Murder is a New Zealand television show in which three
psychics are asked to act as psychic detectives to help provide
evidence that might be useful in solving famous unsolved murder
cases by communicating with the deceased victims. So far no help
from the psycics has been forthcoming.
We talk to Mark Honeychruch, the Chair of the
NZ Skeptics about the return of this lamentable show.
Vic Skeptics reveal dangerous products on
sale at Melbourne hospital
Victorian Skeptics committee member Peter Hogan and president Chris
Guest have revealed that a dangerous homeopathic teething product
was available at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.
The product, Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets, had earlier been
found by the US FDA to contain inconsistent amounts of the toxic
substance belladonna and posed a risk to children.
Who knew Maynard had a green thumb? This week he heads to a meeting
of top scientists involved with "Restore & Renew,"
an ambitious and important project that responds to the need for
bush regenerators to incorporate the latest science, restoring healthy
ecosystems that are diverse, resilient and adaptable.
Dr Jason Bragg
Dr Marlien van der Merwe
Dr Maurizio Rossetto
Dr Hannah McPherson
It's really bloody hot in Australia. Talking about blood, extreme
and prolonged heat exposure to the human body can do disastrous
things to your blood, your organs... it doesn't end well. It looks
like Aussie summers are going to get more brutal no matter what,
so we’re just going to have to cope. Stay cool out there folks.
Australia's first university-based (but not university endorsed)
healing touch clinic has opened in Townsville at James Cook University
(JCU). Healing touch is described as an energy-balancing therapy
administered through gentle touching and manipulation of energy
from a distance, similar to reiki or acupressure.
Dr Steve Roberts and Richard Saunders comment on this sad state
If we've learnt one thing from science fiction, it's that travelling
to galaxies far far away will mean astronauts will need to enter
some kind of stasis to last the journey. However a new idea suggests
napping might be a better option than a longer suspended animation.
Sick and tired of seeing your newsfeed overrun with politics?
We have an experiment - share science stories and content on your
social media with #sharescience and turn your feed
A Bike Tour of the Solar System
Join Dr Steve Roberts, Richard Saunders and a team of keen cyclists
as they ride from the Sun to Pluto!
The Solar System Walk: St Kilda to Port Melbourne
St Kilda is a unique part of Melbourne with rock music, pop culture
and experimental artists mixing it with babes, beaches, boofheads
and backpackers. It also has its fair share of lessor known thrills
with cafes down backstreets, art displays in discarded buildings
and, believe it or not, a walking track that is a 1 to 1 billion
replica of the solar system.
Chiropractor found guilty of making false
claims of curing cancer
A New South Wales chiropractor has been convicted of false advertising
after he claimed to be able to prevent, treat and cure cancer in
Hance Limboro was sentenced on February 15 at the Downing Centre
Local Court in Sydney after he pleaded guilty to 13 charges filed
by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
in August 2016.
A2 or not A2... that is the question. Is A2 milk better than A1?
Should you be raiding your local supermarket for all the A2 milk
you can carry? Will the cows go on strike? Find out this week as
Mandy-Lee take a long slurp of A2 milk.
US scientists have gone rogue … 140 characters at a time.
Rogue Twitter accounts have popped up since being ordered by the
government to stop tweeting valid, factual scientific information.
Just ignoring scientific issues like climate change isn’t
going to make them go away and we're all for keeping the science
Further reading via ABC News: http://ab.co/2k83Hp2 In Mozambique, humans and birds have teamed up in the hunt
for a sweet reward. Both benefit from this relationship.
The greater honeyguide bird relies on humans to crack open the hive
to access the eggs and larvae inside. Meanwhile, the humans are
able to find honey from beehives. This unlikely team is the sweetest
thing you'll hear of today.
The Chiropractors Association of Australia, the largest professional
group for chiropractors in the country, has come down against the
Australian Vaccination-sceptics Network for linking itself to the
Researchers warn of dire effects from herbal remedies
Herbal products, portrayed as softer and more ‘natural’
alternatives to prescription medication, can have “dire effects”
on users, including acute hepatic and renal failure, exacerbation
of pre-existing conditions and diseases, and even death.
We head for Sydney Skeptics in the Pub where special guest Tim
Ferguson is on the bill with Maynard. The question of the night,
put to our pubbers, "What do you think about people who go
behind their doctor's back and seek so-called alternative medicine?"
Join the cast of the Skeptic Zone Podcast, and host of
special guests, in their first audio adventure as they board the
Australian Space Ship Solar Flare to fight
the forces of woo thoughout the galaxy!
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