Episode #37: Curiosity, Crayfish and Clause

The 37th episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 here (27mb) and the file’s Edison Phonographpage on Archive.org is here.

Teaching Angela to Appreciate History
November 29 1877, Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.
It could record and play back sound, which set it apart from sound recording devices of the day.

Updates

Jacques Rosseau’s article, “The Lotters, Harry Potter and SA’s Judicial System“, addresses the Lotter murders and the claims of witchcraft and relations with holy figures and tokoloshes.

The failure of Russian Mars mission to leave low-earth orbit has spawned it’s own Phobos-Grunt conspiracy theories.

News

The Curiosity Mars explorer is on its way. Curiosity has a very cool landing system.

A recent trial of the Tenofovir HIV/AIDS prevention gel has been discontinued due to poor results, but it’s not all bad news. Here is a link to the CAPRISA 004 trial which showed extremely positive results.

Doctor Zen is trying to solve the mystery of the parthenogenic Marbled crayfish.

Modern parents are struggling to perpetuate the myth of Santa Clause in the Google age.

Angela has a mad

Angela received an email in response to a strongly worded blog post about children being killed during exorcisms.

Link of the Week

Angela: The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible

Mike: The LoLCat Bible

Owen: Google Plus

Extra: Link to the podcast of John Robbie’s interview with Kerry Cassidy in which he soft-balled her crazy UFO beliefs.

Quote of the Week
The Earth is an object lesson for the apprentice gods. ‘If you really screw up,’ they get told, ‘you’ll make something like Earth.’ – Carl Sagan, Contact

Announcements
1. Let’s Talk Geek episode #74
2. Johannesburg: SITP, Keg & Spitfire, Beyers Naude Dr, Blackheath – 7 December 18:30.

http://www.archive.org/download/ConsilienceEpisode37/Consilience37.mp3

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