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.

Tom and Jack are joined by comedian Ben McKenzie to talk about the relationship between Doctor Who and science: whether or not it is science fiction, how it represents science and scientists, and how time travel, regeneration and sonic screwdrivers fare scientifically. Also, Tom shares some news about the consensus on climate change. Jargonauts looks at the multi-talented world of vectors, and Question of the Week examines science communication: "How far should science communicators simplify science when explaining complicated concepts?"

Plus: Tom's Melbourne Fringe show, self-referentialisms, and more Doctor Who.

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Jack, Sarah and Tom find out how and why the owner of Jim's Many Business Franchises wants to change the world with a crazy scheme, how bacteria can live in arsenic-rich gold mines, and discuss the complex issue of abortion. Jargonauts harks back to high school chemistry class with redox reactions, and Question of the Week looks at the limitations of science: is there anything it can't answer?

Plus: caesarean sections, sex research and creationist propaganda. 

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Sarah once again joins Tom and Jack, this time to discuss why tickling rats is good for them, why the US Congress wants to destroy science, and why a vaccine against heroin might be possible. Jargonauts redefines the ice-cream headache, and we peer into the dark heart of terror... scientific terror, that is. Next week's question: "Are there any questions that science can't solve?"

Plus: Tom's obsession with animal sex, self-indulgence and Ghostbusters. 

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Jack and Tom are joined by science communicator extraordinare Upulie Divisekera to discuss her successful Twitter project @realscientists, why glowing trees won't replace streetlamps, and why a treatment for autism might be around the corner. Jargonauts looks at "epigenetics", and we think about whether or not we'd go on a "suicide" mission to Mars, with some help from your opinions. Next week's question: "What branch of science legitimately scares you?"

Plus: dissolving Smarties, Jack's boring life, and ghost hunting.

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