Episode #8: Detecting anti-matter, SETI’s funding woes and galaxy formation

The eight episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3  here (13.3mb) and the file’s page on Archive.org is here.

Teaching Angela to Appreciate History
On April 30th 1006, supernova SN 1006 was first observed.

Feedback and Follow-Up
The plot thickens in the case of man-pig-bat monster we discussed last week.

We used the taxonomic term hominin imprecisely last week. Wikipedia has the lowdown on the terminology here.

The Medical Control Council (South Africa’s FDA) has cancelled the licenses of dextropropoxyphene-containing products. One researcher called it “the worst drug in history“.

SETI is having funding problems. You can donate to the institute at seti.org.

Astronauts don’t suffer from group-think.

An anti-matter detector is set to be launched on Endeavour, to be attached to the ISS. (Also: the sound quality distortions during this segment is due to anti-matter, not a mobile phone. Or maybe an anti-matter phone).

This week we continue our series of “Big History”-related 101s. We cover galaxy formation and evolution.

Skeptics in the Pub Joburg is May 4th, 19:00, at The Brazen Head, Sandton. (Facebook / Plancast).

The Scopex Astronomy and Telescope Expo 2011 (Facebook / Plancast / Main Site) starts on May 7th.

Your hosts…
Angela is @skepticdetectiv on Twitter, her blog is The Skeptic Detective, and you can email her at skepticdetective@gmail.com

Michael is @michaelmeadon on Twitter, his blog is Ionian Enchantment, and you can email him at michael.meadon@gmail.com

Owen is @owenswart on Twitter and all his online activities is brought together at owenswart.org, and you can email him at owen.swart@gmail.com



About Michael Meadon

Michael Meadon is a graduate student in cognitive science at the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa. When he's not procrastinating online or propitiating his wife, he investigates the effects of rapid & unreflective facial judgments on political elections. He expects to graduate any decade now. When he was an innocent undergrad Michael studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at the University of Cape Town. Unfortunately, he had to find out for himself that "social" and "science" often don't go so well together.
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