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?"
Wide condemnation of pro-acupuncture research
paper on infant colic
A controversial study that claims to have found proof that acupuncture
is effective in treating colic in infants has been widely rebuked.
In fact, even the associate editor of the journal where the study
was published said “in technical terms, the study is negative
… the primary outcome did not turn out to be statistically
With the latest disaster that is - was - the Samsung Galaxy Note
7, it's also an environmental disaster. While the company plans
to recycle phones that are returned, many precious, rare minerals
and metals will be lost through the recycling process.
As the Tour Down Under kicks off we look at one of the biggest controversies
in cycling. Are cheats "mechanical doping" by putting
tiny electric motors in their bikes? The French Parliament has even
tried to make it illegal!
Not many UFOs at Maynard's International Studio (annexe) as Richard
Saunders drops by for a visit. Find out what about yet another of
Maynard's favourite podcasts and we have a questions for the listeners.
When or skeptics criticise homeopathy, they
are often wrong
By Edzard Ernst
This post might come as a surprise to some. And no, Edzard
Ernst is not changing sides in the debate in the debate
about homeopathy. But he has long felt that, when skeptics criticise
homeopathy, they often wrong-foot themselves by using arguments
which are not entirely correct.
As the Juno spacecraft has finally entered Jupiter's orbit, the
first images of Jupiter and the 3 moons, Europa, Io and Ganymede
have been sent back to Earth. And these pretty pictures are purely
for the enjoyment of humans rather than any specific scientific
Join us on an exploration of Sydney’s ‘Upside Down’:
the weird, wacky and wonderful, from the woo you’ve always
wondered about, to cool museums and quirky experiences. All with
a group of fabulous like minded sceptics.
More in the series of interviews from QED. This week Eran is joined
by Matt Parker, possibly the only person to hold
the prestigious title of London Mathematical Society Popular Lecturer
while simultaneously having a sold-out comedy show at the Edinburgh
Festival Fringe, Matt is always keen to mix his two passions of
mathematics and stand-up.
Health and Wellness Woo! - This week Mandy-Lee looks at MTHFR
Gene Testing. Is it valid? Is it of use? Find out with
the first report from 'The Diet Skeptic'.
Why the RCVS must prevent vets from prescribing
Homeopathic care for animals?
The case against homeopathy has never been clearer, with every
well-controlled study showing these remedies are no more effective
than a placebo. This is to be expected, as homeopathic treatments
contain no active substances at all. - Danny Chambers
Helium gas has finite uses as it escapes into the atmosphere. Helium
has uses beyond party balloons - it's important for science, medicine
and technology. Uses include MRI machines, deep sea exploration,
Large Hadron Collider and rockets!
Global supplies of helium was predicted to run out within 20 years
until recently when a helium gas field in Tanzania was discovered.
This will give us an extra 7 years of world helium supplies.
Here are our top 3 biggest science surprises of 2016!
Tesla driverless cars in an overnight upgrade, the unexpected Samsung
Galaxy Note 7 disaster, and streets becoming overwhelmed by those
immersed in the augmented reality of Pokemon Go.
The Cass Files - With Dr Cassandra Perryman
Cannabis, hashish, hemp, sinsemilla; informalpot, dope, grass,
weed, Mary Jane, bud, hash, bhang, kef, ganja, locoweed; reefer,
doob, spliff, toke, roach... get the idea? Cassanddra gives us her
view on the drug of choice of many throughout the world.
NSW government to investigate AVsN fund-raising
The Australian newspaper reports that NSW Fair Trading authorities
will investigate the Australian Vaccination-sceptics Network (AVSN)
for “potential breaches of the Charitable Fundraising Act
and the Associations Incorporation Act”.
More in the series of interviews from QED. This week Eran talks
with Britt Hermes, a former naturopathic 'doctor'
who shares the hard truths about naturopathic medicine to protect
patients. Her message is "Please don't be fooled by natural
and alternative medicine."
Guest reporter Kevin Davies interviews Prof.
Ross Hannan, head of the department of cancer biology and
therapeutics at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU
College of Medicine. What is the latest news on cancer research
and what is the link to Jackie Chan?
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!
The Skeptic Zone Podcast
is an independent production by Richard Saunders and the team of reporters.
The views and opinions expressed on the Skeptics Zone Podcast are not
necessarily those Australian Skeptics Inc. or any other skeptical organisation.