Dr Ken Harvey, one of Australia’s leading campaigners against
pseudomedicine, has been honoured with a Member (AM) in the general
division of the Order of Australia in the recent Queen’s Birthday
Harvey is well-known to Skeptics for his ongoing battle, both through
and with the Therapeutic Goods Administration, over claims made
by alt med companies in their advertising and promotional material.
His complaints have all been upheld upon investigation.
Our international correspondent from Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia
reports on the recent SkeptiCal meeting and travels to Los Angeles
to attend the world premiere of the new science outreach documentary,
Principles of Curiosity.
An interview with Dylan O'Donnell, an astronomer
from Byron Bay who tells of "Star Stuff" where Australia’s
leading experts on Space, Cosmology, Astronomy, Astrophsyics, Astrophotgraphy
and Science come together for a series of keynote talks on everything
from Aboriginal astronomy, space photography, and even the end of
Richard Saunders learns first-hand of the real life consequences
of having Chicken Pox around 50 years ago. Includes an excerpt from
the documentary "The Vaccination Chronicles" with G.P.
Dr Richard Gordon talking about the condition.
Edith Cowan Uni bans crystal healing training
The seminars have apparently been running on the university grounds
since 2011, and the next was due to take place on June 25. But in
response to queries from Australian Skeptics Inc, ECU Vice-Chancellor
Prof Steve Chapman says that “We have written to the organisation
and requested that they remove all reference to these events on
Armed with a new PhD from the University of Wollongong, anti-vaccination
campaigner Judy Wilyman has lashed out at a West Australian journalist
who questioned the science behind a new documentary on supposed
links between vaccines and autism.
Maynard tries is hand at CPR! Will the dummy survive?
Another Sydney Skeptics in the Pub with a talk by Trish
Hann on basic CPR techniques. Maynard also asks pubbers
why they think more people don't apply for the Skeptics' prize money.
With Jessica Singer - Lara Benham - Dr Brad McKay - Tim Mendham
- Ian Bryce and Alethia Dean.
Disabled boy in danger of malnutrition removed
Online petition calls for malnourished son of anti-vaxxer to be
returned home. Supporters of a prominent anti-vaxxer whose disabled
and malnourished young son was taken by family services have launched
an online petition to have him returned.
Documents obtained by the ABC show the four-year-old boy, whose
family lives in Newcastle, was severely underfed and was at immediate
risk of serious harm.
“Experimental” Webster technique
approved by Chiropractic Australia
Chiropractic is in the news again (or should that be, “still
in the news”). ABC Radio National’s The World Today
program ran a piece on chiropractors who are still advertising their
provision of the Webster technique to pregnant women, in defiance
of warnings from the Chiropractic Board and the College of Obstetricians
to stop it.
Complementary medicines body under fire
over evidence-based and environmental issues
The National Institute of Complementary Medicines is once again
under fire for promoting unproven products, as well as having inconsistent
views on the use of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicines.
The Australian Skeptics have renewed their campaign against the
NICM, accusing it of “apparent endorsement of unproven ‘traditional
Humanity has accidentally crafted ourselves a nifty little space
bubble to protect us from cosmic radiation because of very low frequency
radio transmissions to submarines. Brew Ha Ha: Science in less time
than it takes to order a coffee
Pro Vaccine Measures in 2017 Budget
The anti-vaccination lobby will not be pleased with the 2017 Federal
Following on its No Jab No Pay policy, the government has decided
that families who fail to immunise their children and who fail to
get a health check on their 4-year-olds will lose $28 a fortnight
from the Family Tax Benefit.
Rates of Whooping Cough are on the increase in the very region
of NSW infested by the anti-vaccination brigade. This week Heidi
looks at this increasing problem for not only children, but for
the rest of society.
eBay removes listings for dangerous cancer ‘cure’ after
investigation by Good Thinking
eBay has removed all listings for black salve after an investigation
by Good Thinking revealed that the dangerous (and ineffective) alternative
cancer ‘cure’ was not only available for purchase from
the company’s website, but could be delivered via their ‘Click
and Collect’ service to a large number of high street stores.
Britain has gone coal-free for 24 hours for the first time since
the Industrial Revolution!
Interview with Dr Paul Doherty - And Then
What would happen if you stuck your head into a nuclear particle
accelerator? What if you jumped into an interstellar black hole,
or slipped out of a deep-sea submarine wearing only a pair of Speedos?
And Then You're Dead: The world's most interesting ways
to die, gives serious answers to these horribly interesting
questions in a way a layperson can understand.
Dr Paul Doherty is co-director and senior staff scientist at the
famed San Francisco Exploratorium Museum. He has co-written numerous
books, including The Exploratorium Science Snackbook, Explorabook,
and Klutz Book Of Magnetic Magic.
A new skeptical podcast is in town! 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.
Brew Ha Ha – New Hope for Premmies - An artificial womb has
been successfully used to gestate premature lambs, and the next
step could be to help premature human babies. But it does raise
James Randi in Australia - Press reviews
The archives of the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper
prove to be a gold mine of information about the 1980 visit of James
Randi. We read how Randi and Dick Smith ran water divining tests
at the time. Also coverd is the infamous occasion Randi was kicked
off the Don Lane TV chat show.
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!
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”.
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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