The Pseudoscientists
Rotating panel discussions on science and skepticism news and popular culture, with special guests, interviews, personal stories and general ridiculousness, all out of Melbourne, Australia. A podcast of the Young Australian Skeptics.

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, superhero shows, and nuclear fusion.

Direct download: Episode_129__Batman_Cant_Get_Ebola.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:10 AM

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 butterflies purple.

Plus: nanotechnology, chemistry joke feedback, and climate change-denying geologist Ian Plimer.

Direct download: Episode_128__Symbolic_Perpetual_Motion.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:09 AM

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? Which parasite is in the brains of one third of all human beings? And how many bad jokes can Jack make in an hour? Listen and find out...

Direct download: Parasites_and_Zombies__A_Discussion_with_Kelly_Weinersmith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10 PM

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, Russian sex geckos, dead dinosaurs, and more brain pseudoscience from "Lucy".

Direct download: Episode_127__Lactic_Acid_Shakes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55 AM

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? And what's the deal with apes?

Plus: throwing blood, barcoding with kids, and Jake Guy-lan-HAL on ice.

Direct download: Episode_126__Now_Thats_What_I_Call_a_Plasma_Weapon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30 AM

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 a macronutrient and a micronutrient? Find out, all in this episode!

Plus: AIDS, meteors, swearing, and poisonous gluten.

Direct download: Episode_125__Is_That_What_Weve_Become_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:44 PM

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" is delved into on Jargonauts.

Plus: Spider babies, getting sick, correspondence, and quantum consciousness!

Direct download: Episode_124__Dystopian_Sci-Fi_City.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30 PM

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 about the various types of tissue/organ grafts. Sexy.

Plus: neurotoxins, swallowing magnets, and one of the least-accurate sci-fi films ever, "The Core".

Direct download: Episode_123__Happily_Ever_Heart-fter.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08 AM

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 of Saturn's moons, while Jargonauts gets personally drugged-up with "pharmacogenomics".

Plus: the movie "Noah", helicopters, and confusing geocentrism.

Direct download: Episode_122__An_Important_Time_in_Cosmology.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25 AM

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 though they haven't been tested "scientifically", while Jargonauts gets a rush from "endorphins". 

Plus: Joanna's heart research, Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows by friends of the show, and the dodgy science in the upcoming Scarlet Johansson movie "Lucy".

Direct download: Episode_121__Accountants_Can_Take_It.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:35 AM