Over the last year and a bit, the Young Australian Skeptics has been organising the launch of a new online science magazine – Lateral – designed to provide paid opportunities for up-and-coming science writers and artists from Australia and arou
We all have an opinion about nuclear, right? In this episode, Jack Scanlan, Tessa Evans, Luke Weston and Sophia Frentz discuss some of the issues surrounding nuclear power, in the aftermath of an event by the Royal Society of Victoria on the 11
Crowdfunding seems to be the hip new thing to do these days, so much so that scientists all over the world are getting involved and raising money for their own research. Dr Jenny Martin, a zoologist at the University of Melbourne, is no excepti
Science! Comedy! Science comedy! Ted Janet has a chat to UK broadcaster and comedian Robin Ince about his upcoming Australian tour, "Happiness Through Science". Tickets are selling fast, so make sure you get one before they're gone!
Why would someone dislike the skeptical community? Jack speaks with Sydney-based writer Eleanor Robertson about her misgivings with skepticism, why we shouldn't pin too many hopes on celebrity spokespeople, science and ethics, and the benefits
Sarah, Nicola and Jack dive deep into the genetics of homosexuality, why autoimmune diseases aren't caused by female self-hatred, and why young children love to laugh at everyone else's misfortune.
Plus: a new YAS project in the works, Austral
Jack, Joanna and Sarah make a triumphant return to the studio to delve into how protein evolution can help save us from climate change, what the deal is with ebola, and why mantis shrimp are the coolest animals on Earth.
Plus: theses, jobs, sup
Sarah and Jack look at the science and skeptical themes in the recent movies "Lucy", "Snowpiercer", "Guardians of the Galaxy" and the James Randi documentary "An Honest Liar", and also touch on some self-assembling robots and turning brown butt
Jack geeks out with parasitologist and general cool person Kelly Weinersmith about the seriously interesting world of parasites, zombies and evolutionary neuroscientists. Are mosquitos parasites, or just annoying? How do fungi control ants? Whi
Jack is joined by returning guest Upulie Divisekera to freak out about electric bacteria and why they might be able to turn us into cyborgs, how an anti-GMO activist royally screwed up, and the essentiality of respiration.
Plus: Snowpiercer, Ru
Sarah and Jack go all-out depressing on this episode - it's a sad, sad world. Who shot down flight MH17? Was it an Illuminati plot? How are ants impacting climate change? Why will the Great Barrier Reef be not-so-great in a couple of decades? A
Jack and Sarah are finally back in the not-studio with science news, respiratory tract infections, and a phone with no batteries. Did you know organic food is better for you? (Or is it?) Dengue fever's fun too. And what's the difference between
Joanna, Nicola and Jack discuss the heavy topic of physician-assisted suicide/euthanasia, why it costs so much to make drugs, and why antibiotic resistant-bacteria might be a bigger future health problem than HIV/AIDS, while "gynandromorphism"
Sarah and Jack do the sexiest episode yet (probably) just in time for Easter, with news about lab-grown vaginas, the proteins that lock egg and sperm together, and the crazy things semen does to virgin female flies, while Jargonauts is all abou
Liz, Joanna and Jack brave apocalyptically-bleak Melbourne weather to delve into news about the efficacy of homeopathy, why a recent Melbourne study into acupuncture might not be so great, and how scientists found water under the surface of one
Jack is joined by new co-host Joanna Ward to discuss scientific hoaxes online, 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 t
Sarah is joined by new host Nicola McCaskill to chat about the puny immune systems of men, the development of autism, and changes to Australia's racial discrimination legislation, while also growing everyone's knowledge about carcinogens in Jar
We told you we'd have him back, and we did! James Garth (our guest on Episode 110) returns to discuss in more detail with Jack the complex relationship between science and religion. Are they always in conflict? How does a Christian aerospace en
Sarah, Tom and Jack discuss the implications of the Australian Vaccination(-Skeptics) Network changing its name, why biochemistry stops fish from living too deep in the ocean, and 30,000 year-old frozen bacteria-sized viruses. Jargonauts lays i
Jack is joined by young UK skeptic Rhys Morgan to discuss the health effects of wind farms, why multi-level marketing schemes are horrible scams, and why dozens and dozens of whale fossils are being found in one spot in Chile - while Jargonauts
Jack is joined by special guest Marita Petherbridge to calmly discuss extreme religious beliefs about faith healing and what the skeptical community looks like to an outsider, while Jargonauts expresses the meaning of "driver line".
Jack, Liz and Sarah get romantic for Valentine's Day with news about how to fix a broken heart with stem cells and how scientists made functional artificial DNA, and discuss science-fantasy movies, while Jargonauts gets biochemical with "lipids
Sarah and Jack sink deep into the recent debate between Bill Nye the Science Guy and young Earth creationist Ken Ham and discuss the question of whether or not scientists should debate creationists, and also take a look at the alarming prevalen
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