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.

Belinda and Sarah are joined by special guest Jonathan Meddings to check up on the state of DNA information storage, investigate a possible link between cannabis usage and strokes in young people, and some issues surrounding gun control. Jargonauts goes ethical with the phrase "moral turpitude", and your thoughts on the distinction between cults and religions. Next week's question: "Which frontier should our scientific endeavors aim to conquer next: outer space or the ocean?"

Plus tans, Jack's hallucinations and Belinda's netball skills.

Direct download: The_Pseudoscientists_-_Episode_75.mp3
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Jack, Belinda and Rachael are once again on their own to talk about Australian bushfires and telescopes, why pregnant women should definitely get the flu vaccine, and how a weird supergene controls the social structure of fire ants. Jargonauts delves into "homozygous", "heterozygous" and "hemizygous", while your opinions about anti-vaccination literature and free speech are discussed - as well as a brief trip On The Street in Sydney with the help of Luke Freeman. Next week's question: "What is the difference between a religion and a cult?"

Plus, Jason's perfect body, Rachael gets into a uni course, and Jack makes a joke in bad taste.

Direct download: The_Pseudoscientists_-_Episode_74.mp3
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For a bit of change from the usual, Ted Janet interviews Sonia Macaro, an applied kinesiologist, at Equilibrium Kinesiology, after taking part in a "guided chakra meditation" class. 

You can find out more about Ted's chakra experiences at youngausskeptics.com in his post "Meditating on the Skeptical Chakra: Observations from Equilibrium Kinesiology". 

Direct download: The_Pseudoscientists_-_Interview_with_Sonia_Macaro.mp3
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Belinda, Rachael and Jack set their sights on misconceptions surrounding genetically-modified organisms, why our fingers get wrinkly in the bath, and a study that investigates the language-acquisition skills of newborn babies. Jargonauts enlightens everyone about the word "quiescent", and we look at both your thoughts on spirituality and end-of-life care, as well as the opinions of Sydney's citizens on the issue. Next week's question: "Should antivaccination literature be banned, because it potentially harms people, or allowed, to protect free speech?"

Plus, the Book of Revelation, future study plans, and Belinda's loins.

Direct download: The_Pseudoscientists_-_Episode_73.mp3
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Belinda and Jack are joined by American skeptics and atheists Astrid Lydia Johannsen and Ellen Lundgren from the Skeptic Freethought blogging network to discuss various issues related to young people in the skeptical and secular communities.

You can find out more about Skeptic Freethought at their website - skepticfreethought.com - and you can also find a video of this discussion on the Skeptic Freethought YouTube channel - youtube.com/skepticfreethought.

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Jack, Sarah and Belinda are joined by YAS writer and comedian Ben Vernel to rip into science-themed sitcom "The Big Bang Theory", find out why fonts can hinder your learning, why asparagus might help fight hangovers and why archaea are cool, and discuss spiritual care for terminal patients. Jargonauts looks at the medical term "idiopathic", and we look at what you predicted science would uncover in 2013. Next week's question: "How important is spirituality in end-of-life care?"

Plus, vomit, Christmas dinners and Jack's new Masters project.

Direct download: The_Pseudoscientists_-_Episode_72.mp3
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