The time has finally arrived. After months of preparation and two trial runs, we are ready to release the inaugural episode of Consilience: An African Science Podcast. You can download the 1st episode here (mp3 / 1:04:23 / 31.4mb). (Alternate link: here).
This Week in Scientific History:
Albert Einstein (yeah, him) was born on March 14th, 1879. Quite a guy, that guy.
Did a “Supermoon” cause the earthquake in Japan? The Daily Mail published an article saying it might have, quoting astrologer Richard Nolle. But the scientific community disagrees. (There may be a fairly weak correlation for small earthquakes).
We discuss new developments in South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometer Array and look at the efforts being made to bolster the country’s bid. (A slight factual error crept in here: Michael said that when the SKA becomes operational it’ll produce more data in a single day than humanity had produce up until that point. The actual figure is a week).
Australian scientists have discovered an effective kangaroo deterrent… Tiger feces.
This week we include the first half of our interview with Dr Steven Novella of The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe. (Oh yes, we did).
We discussed Steve’s weird hobbies, whether his wife is a skeptic, who his favorite science journalists is, and preventing bad science journalism before it happens…