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The Skeptic Zone #517 - 16 September 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:45

Interview with Dr Alice Howarth

Dr Alice Howarth (PhD) is a cellular and molecular biologist with a specialism in cancer research who is currently researching nanomedicines at the University of Liverpool in the UK. Alice is a board director of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and co-host of the skeptical podcast Skeptics with a K.

https://convention.skeptics.com.au/speakers/dr-alice-howarth/

0:15:20

Detox? My Foot!

One way to scam people is to diagnose and correct a nonexistent problem. Aqua Detox practitioners do this by claiming to remove toxins and balance cellular energy. During treatment sessions, the customer's feet are bathed for 30 minutes in salt water that is subjected to a low-voltage current transmitted through an electrode assembly called an "array" (the dark cylindrical object to which the wire is attached).

https://www.devicewatch.org/reports/aquadetox.shtml

0:25:15

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Another fun night at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub.

This week Maynard asks pubbers what they think of "Psychics" seeming to contact the dead at RSL Clubs.

0:38:35

Claire Klingenberg testing claims the paranormal

We chat to Claire about her visit to Scotland and Germany where she helped to test paranormal claims.

https://cz.linkedin.com/in/claire-klingenberg-b3146293

Tests (In English)

https://www.dw.com/en/reporter-hocus-pocus-testing-miracles/av-45222413

Tests (In German)

https://www.dw.com/de/alles-hokuspokus-wunder-im-test/av-45222391

0:47:00

Skeptics' Blood Drive

Maynard and Richard Saunders report on the Australian Skeptics Blood Drive in Sydney.

https://www.donateblood.com.au/

Also...

RSVP for Australian Skeptics FREE Friday night trivia and meetup 12 Oct.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/event/national-convention/

Dr Alice Howarth



The Skeptic Zone #516 - 9 September 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:45

Interview with Celestia Ward

Squaring the Strange brings evidence-based analysis and commentary to a wide variety of topics, ranging from the paranormal to the political. Investigating ghosts. Debunking conspiracies. Dodging chupacabras. If a claim seems strange, Ben and Pascual will try to square it with the facts.

https://squaringthestrange.libsyn.com/

0:15:00

A Random RANT! With Dr Paulie

Interview with Hana Svobodová from Save Turtle.

Save Turtle Organization is Czech NGO founded in 2017. It concentrates on the protection of sea turtles and their natural habitat. They wish for a world where people care for nature and take an interest in sea turtles.

http://saveturtle.net/

0:28:20

Open letter to the RSL : Let the Dead Rest in Peace

Through its clubs, the Returned Services League commemorates our servicemen and women, including some who made the ultimate sacrifice. We are concerned that those clubs are occasionally used for a form of entertainment that is disrespectful to the departed, and to their relatives and friends.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/09/04/open-letter-to-the-rsl-let-the-dead-rest-in-peace/

0:32:36

Kevin Davies and Star Wars

Can the Star Wars movies be used as a real guide to help in military strategy? Kevin chats to Mick Cook and Major General Mick Ryan in Canberra.

Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict

The Dead Prussian Podcast
http://www.thedeadprussian.com/

Mick Cook
https://twitter.com/mick_cook

Mick Ryan
https://twitter.com/warinthefuture

0:39:10

Talk like an Australian! Skepticon Speaker Interview

We chat to Lee Murray, a teaching associate and PhD candidate, Linguistics Program
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics at Monash University.

http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/llcl/

0:48:08

Ian Bryce and the Higgs

Ian qualified at Monash University in science (BSc, physics) and engineering (BE Hons). His career has involved applying science to spaceflight for companies including Hawker de Havilland, Optus and Asia Pacific Space Centre. He created several space courses and lectured for eight years at four universities. Recently he has turned these skills toward communicating science and philosophy. He is also the challenge coordinator for Australian Skeptics Inc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPOc7TzXhvA

Also...

RSVP for Australian Skeptics FREE Friday night trivia and meetup 12 Oct.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/event/national-convention/

Celestia Ward

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The Skeptic Zone #515 - 2 September 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:02:57

Prof. Paul Willis

Australian university students appear to give far more credit to the science of human evolution and far less to creationism or divine guidance than the previous generation.

https://theconversation.com/fewer-australian-university-students-than-ever-before-believe-in-creationism-101674

https://www.nationalsecularlobby.org/

0:21:32

Life is Wild! With Michelle Franklin

Maggie the Maine Coon moggie recently moved here from South Africa, and after clearing quarantine she moved into a suburban house in Brisbane. All seems to be going well thus far, except that one day recently Maggie got a new housemate (let’s call her Sally the snake), a very large and non-venomous coastal carpet python.

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Calver, M.C., Grayson, J., Lilith, M. and Dickman, C.R., 2011, Applying the precautionary principle to the issue of impacts by pet cats on urban wildlife, Biological Conservation, 144(6): 1895-1901.
Heezik, Y.V., Smyth, A., Adams, A., and Gordon, J., 2010, Do domestic cats impose an unsustainable harvest on urban bird populations?, Biological Conservation, 143: 121-130.
Jongman, E.C., 2007, Adaptation of domestic cats to confinement, Journal of Veterinary Behavior, 2(6): 193-196.
Lepczyka, C.A., Mertiga, A.G., and Liua, J., 2003, Landowners and cat predation across rural-to-urban landscapes, Biological Conservation, 115: 191-201.
Loyd, K.A.T., Hernandez, S.M., Carroll, J.P., Abernathy, K.J., and Marshall, G.J., 2013, Quantifying free-roaming domestic cat predation using animal-borne video cameras, Biological Conservation, 160: 183-189.
Meek, P.D., 2003, Home range of house cats Felis catus living within a National Park, Australian Mammalogy, 25: 51-60.
Reark Research, 1994, The metropolitan domestic cat: a survey of the population characteristics and hunting behaviour of the domestic cat in Australia, Petcare Information and Advisory Service, Melbourne, Australia.
Shine, R., and Koenig, J., 2001, Snakes in the garden: an analysis of reptiles ‘‘rescued’’ by community-based wildlife carers, Biological Conservation, 102: 271-283.
Short, J., 2009, The characteristics and success of vertebrate translocations within Australia: a progress report to Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Toukhsati, S.R., Young, E., Bennett, P.C., and Coleman, G.J., 2012, Wandering Cats: Attitudes and Behaviors towards Cat Containment in Australia, Anthrozoös, 25(1): 61-74.
Woods, M., McDonald, R.A., and Harris, S., Predation of wildlife by domestic cats Felis catus in Great Britain, Mammal Review, 33: 174-188.


0:37:44

Speed Meet the Scientists at the Powerhouse Museum #3

This week, interviews with...

Dr James Hunter - Maritime Archaeologist

http://www.anmm.gov.au/

Dr Ceridwen Boel - Archaeologist / Evolutionary Biologist

https://epicaustralia.org.au/

Dr Kelsey Zimmermann - Psychologist
Dr Kathryn Baker - Behavioural Neuroscientist

http://www.richardsonlab.com.au/

Dr Titia Benders - Linguist – Children’s Llearning

https://tinyurl.com/y7eu39hr

Jason Drury - Astronomer

https://maas.museum/sydney-observatory/

Also...

RSVP for Australian Skeptics FREE Friday night trivia and meetup 12 Oct.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/event/national-convention/

Life is Wild with Michelle Franklin

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The Skeptic Zone #514 - 26 August 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:05:10

Stephen Barrett, M.D from Quackwatch

Stephen Barrett, M.D., a retired psychiatrist who lives near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has achieved national renown as an author, editor, and consumer advocate. In addition to heading Quackwatch, he is a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

http://www.quackwatch.org/

0:21:33

Speed Meet the Scientists at the Powerhouse Museum #2

This week, interviews with...

Dr Hayley Green - Forensic Anthropologist

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/staff_profiles/uws_profiles/doctor_hayley_green

Dr Katherine Dafforn - Marine Ecologist / Ecotoxicologist

http://katherinedafforn.com

Alison Luk - Microbiologist

https://sydney.edu.au/science/people/alison.luk.243.php

0:37:46

Skeptics Award for Critical Thinking in Journalism

Australian Skeptics Inc is adding to its portfolio of annual awards with one for the best piece of skeptical journalism.

The award is named for the late Barry Williams, past president and executive officer of ASI who was a regular on Australian media. The Barry Williams Award for Skeptical Journalism will recognise the best piece of journalism (in any medium) that takes a critical and skeptical approach to a topic that falls within our remit, which is the scientific investigation of pseudoscience and the paranormal.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/08/20/skeptics-award-for-critical-thinking-in-journalism-nominations-open/

0:42:12

Maynard's Spooky Action....

The launch of Science Week #3

Maynard heads to Australian Museum to attend the launch of Science Week 2018.

Includes interviews with

Joanna the Goanna and her keeper Anthony

Jess and Mel from Street Science

http://www.streetscience.com.au

Thomas Jeffries

http://jams.org.au/

Ruben Meerman

http://www.abc.net.au/science/surfingscientist/

Also...

RSVP for Australian Skeptics FREE Friday night trivia and meetup 12 Oct.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/event/national-convention/

Stephen Barrett, M.D

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The Skeptic Zone #513 - 19 August 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:30

Kate Browne

Kate is an investigative journalist and leader of the news team at CHOICE. She is also known as 'The Gulty Mum' from the ABC TV show 'The Checkout' and will be the M.C. for the upcoming Skepticon in October.

https://www.choice.com.au/authors/kate-browne

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcnP8uT1FzoUVv3WOpQDFNlU_YmVszNoP

0:14:33

Maynard's Spooky Action....

The launch of Science Week #2

Maynard heads to Australian Museum to attend the launch of Science Week 2018.

Interviews with

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - All round Science Communicator

http://drkarl.com/

Catherine Polcz - Program Producer (Science) Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences - producer of the Sydney Science Festival.

https://catherinepolcz.com/

0:27:10

Interview with Alethea Dean from Australian Skeptics

Over a coffee or two, Alethea tells us of some of the people lined up for Skepticon 2018. Also news about a possible crèche and sign language interpreter at the convention.

https://convention.skeptics.com.au

0:34:00

Speed Meet the Scientists at the Powerhouse Museum #1

This week, interviews with...

Dr Camilla Hoyos - Sleep researcher

https://woolcock.org.au/sleep-research

Amelie Vanderstock - Ecologist

https://www.crosspollinating.org/

Dr Alexandra Thomson - Marine Ecologist and Biogeochemist

https://www.uts.edu.au/

Frankie Lee - Event Coordinator

Cara Van Der Wal - Marine biologist

https://sydney.edu.au/science/people/cara.vanderwal.168.php

0:49:22

Mrs Mac and Morse Code

Our Canberra reporter Kevin Davies chats to author David Dufty about Florence Violet McKenzie OBE.

Affectionately known as "Mrs Mac", she was Australia's first female electrical engineer, founder of the Women's Emergency Signalling Corps and lifelong promoter for technical education for women.

Florence McKenzie Wiki

The Secret Code-Breakers of Central Bureau: how Australia’s signals-intelligence network helped win the Pacific War

https://tinyurl.com/ycemoee7

 

Kate Browne

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The Skeptic Zone #512 - 12 August 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:04:04

Dr Vyom Sharma

Magic - Science - Medicine

Meet Vyom at Skepticon 2018 in October.

https://www.vyomsharma.com.au/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS0yG1kzAeE

0:16:45

Naturopath banned for life following baby’s near-death

Marilyn Bodnar, an “extreme diet” naturopath who was acquitted of a manslaughter charge in 1987 when one of her clients starved themselves to death on a water-only diet, has now been banned for life from “providing any health service in any capacity, either paid or voluntary”.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/08/03/naturopath-banned-for-life-following-babys-near-death/

0:21:30

Maynard's Spooky Action....

The launch of Science Week #1

Maynard and Richard Saunders head to Australian Museum to attend the launch of Science Week 2018.

Interviews with

Alanta Colley - Comedian, Science Communicator and Storyteller

https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5547887/when-science-meets-comedy/

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - All round Science Communicator

http://drkarl.com/

0:37:50

Bent Spoon – your chance to nominate an unworthy winner

The Australian Skeptics Bent Spoon award is one of the least sought-after credits in the Skeptical world … or any world, for that matter. It has been awarded every year since 1982 and it recognises the perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudoscientific piffle.

https://www.skeptics.com.au/2018/07/31/2018-bent-spoon-your-chance-to-nominate-an-unworthy-winner/

0:40:30

The Mystery Investigators live at Science Week

Spoon Bending fun for schools.

http://www.mysteryinvestigators.com/

Also...

Australian Skeptics National Convention 2018

https://convention.skeptics.com.au

Alanta Colley

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The Skeptic Zone - Special Report - 10 August 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Heidi Robertson

0:01:40

The Raw Skeptic Report.... with Heidi Robertson

A special report and review of the new documentary “Vitamainia”, screened in the Anti-Vax heartland of Mullumbimby, NSW.

Also local council under fire for a screening of “Sacrificial Virgins”.

https://www.vitamaniathemovie.com/

https://nrvs.info/

 

Heidi Robertson

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The Skeptic Zone #511 - 5 August 2018

0:00:00

Introduction

Richard Saunders

0:03:15

Claire Klingenberg heading to Scotland

We chat to Claire about her work as the President of the European Council of Skeptical Organizations and learn of her upcoming trip to speak in Scotland.

https://cz.linkedin.com/in/claire-klingenberg-b3146293

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glasgow-skeptics-presents-paranormal-beliefs-in-everyday-lives-tickets-48401971600

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/claire-klingenberg-suspending-disbelief-a-skeptic-visits-a-religious-group-tickets-47916590813

0:12:50

Anti-Vax film minus producer

The creator of an anti-vaccination documentary abandons a planned tour of Australia, due to begin on Thursday, as she has not been granted a visa.

http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2017/09/12/another-antivaccine-film-disguised-as-a-documentary-this-time-lying-about-hpv-vaccines/

http://youtu.be/mTprFOmIjIg

0:19:42

Maynard's Spooky Action....

Another fun night at Sydney Skeptics in the Pub. We hear about some new woo and old woo doing the rounds.

Also news about the upcoming Australian Skeptics Blood Drive in Sydney.

With Tim Medham, Trish Hann, Jessica Hazard-White, Jessica Singer, Ian Bryce, Eran Segev, Nick Prowse and more.

BACK 2 THE 80's - Maynard in Perth 11-12 August 2018

https://tickets.myguestlist.com.au/v25b015ca4d5b42/back-2-the-80s-/evs5b015ca4dcb2d/

Gilford house of miracles (see page 38)

https://tinyurl.com/y7zrcx38

0:44:33

The New Zealand Skeptics Conference 2018

The Chair of the NZ Skeptics Craig Shearer with news of the New Zealand Skeptics Conference 2018

http://conference.skeptics.nz/

Also...

Richard Sauders on ABC Radio (listen from 2:05:00)

http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/evenings/evenings/10036782

Australian Skeptics National Convention 2018

https://convention.skeptics.com.au

Sydney Science Week - Speed Meet Scientists

https://maas.museum/event/maasive-lates-science/

Mordi Skeptics in the Pub

https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/Mordi-Skeptics-in-the-Pub/

Claire Klingenberg

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The Vaccination Chonicles
 
Solar Flare

Featuring

Verna Morris, Maureen Chuck, Ken McLeod, Monica Saville, Dr Richard Gordon, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, John Bundock, Peter Bowditch and Lauren Cochrane with Ada and Jack.

YouTube
http://youtu.be/mTprFOmIjIg

 

Solar Flare logoThe Band of Power

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!

Also featuring the hit song
FAR by George Hrab.

It's old time radio from the future!

Solar Flare episode 1


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