Episode #59: Neil Armstrong Gone, Rat Malaria Cured and Vietnamese Hangovers

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong. First human on the moon.

The 59th episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 here (33mb) and the file’s page on Archive.org is here.

Starring


Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

  1. 1965 – Gemini V splashed down. It went into space and came back. It was awesome.

Updates

  1. Marikana massacre was caused by a rabbit


News

  1. Neil Armstrong is gone.
  2. Has UCT found a cure for malaria? UCT presser. BlagBetter articleHere? Here?
  3. Rhinos being poached for Vietnamese hangovers.


Sci-fi/Fantasy Quote

Just because you cannot fathom the nature of a thing does not make that thing magic!”
– Doctor Terrence 13, All-Star Western #11,  written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray


Announcements

  1. Johannesburg
    1. Open evening – astronomical history and sky viewing – SAASTA/Royal Society of SA. Saturday 25th August, 18:00 at the Johannesburg Observatory. Entrance is free. There’s a talk by Professor Francis Thackeray and some other cool stuff, including sky viewing, if weather permits. You’re invited to bring a picnic basket and enjoy the view at sunset before the proceedings start, as well as binoculars for the sky viewing.
    2. Public talk: Origin of Mass – Discovery of a Higgs-like boson – by the Wits SA-CERN team. Wits University. Monday 27 August, 18:00.
    3. Sceptics in the Pub. Wednesday 2th September 19:00. Green & Gold Pub.
    4. Royal Society SA Spring Science Showcase. SUNDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 2012 14:00-18:30. Delta Environmental Centre, Blairgowrie, Johannesburg. Entry fee – R120 per person (R70 students, postdocs, scholars).
    5. Talk Does Evolution really threaten Religion? – John Ostrowick. 11 Sept 2012 at 18:00. Origins Centre, Wits University.
  2. Cape Town
    1. Sceptics in the Pub – Friday 24th August. Beleza Pub.
    2. Open Night at SAAO – Black holes and other revelations. Dr. Vanessa McBride. Saturday 25th August 08:00 pm. Auditorium (SAAO, Cape Town)
    3. Sceptics in the Pub – Friday 31st August, 19:00. Touch of Madness
    4. Open Night at SAAO – Radio Astronomy Revolution – Dr. Nadeem Oozeer (SKA). Saturday 8th September, 08:00 pm. Auditorium (SAAO, Cape Town)


Link of the Week

Michael – Robo-journalism 

Danny – Google Me

Angela Owen – Powerwatch – Huge database of studies of EMF re: dangers etc.



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http://archive.org/download/Consilience59/Consilience59.mp3

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Episode #58: Curiosity Vaporises, Strikers are Bulletproof and Atheism Rises

Curiosity does a duckface self-shot.

The 58th episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 here (26mb) and the file’s page on Archive.org is here.

Starring


Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

  1. 565 – First recorded sighting of a monster in Loch Ness. A Christian saint named Columba was doing missionary work in the land of the Picts. Not only did he see the Loch Ness monster, but he used his powerful Jesus-sorcery to battle the thing!

Updates

  1. Curiosity has finished its stationary systems check. Stretched out its arm. Has set its laser to vapourise. Has investigated its immediate surroundings. Is ready to start moving tomorrow.


News

  1. Lonmin miners used muti to give themselves superpowers. Maybe.
  2. Parents hoping for miracles torturing?
  3. Atheism on the rise in SA? Unlikely.
  4. New fossil finds in Kenya suggest two separate early Homo species in the pleistocene, apart from Homo erectus.


Sci-fi/Fantasy Quote

Just because you cannot fathom the nature of a thing does not make that thing magic!”
– Doctor Terrence 13, All-Star Western #11,  written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray


Announcements

  1. Johannesburg
    1. Open evening – astronomical history and sky viewing – SAASTA/Royal Society of SA. Saturday 25th August, 18:00 at the Johannesburg Observatory. Entrance is free. There’s a talk by Professor Francis Thackeray and some other cool stuff, including sky viewing, if weather permits. You’re invited to bring a picnic basket and enjoy the view at sunset before the proceedings start, as well as binoculars for the sky viewing.
    2. Public talk: Origin of Mass – Discovery of a Higgs-like boson – by the Wits SA-CERN team. Wits University. Monday 27 August, 18:00.
    3. Sceptics in the Pub. Wednesday 2th September 19:00. Green & Gold Pub.
    4. Royal Society SA Spring Science Showcase. SUNDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 2012 14:00-18:30. Delta Environmental Centre, Blairgowrie, Johannesburg. Entry fee – R120 per person (R70 students, postdocs, scholars).
    5. Talk Does Evolution really threaten Religion? – John Ostrowick. 11 Sept 2012 at 18:00. Origins Centre, Wits University.
  2. Cape Town
    1. Sceptics in the Pub – Friday 24th August. Beleza Pub.
    2. Open Night at SAAO – Black holes and other revelations. Dr. Vanessa McBride. Saturday 25th August 08:00 pm. Auditorium (SAAO, Cape Town)
    3. Sceptics in the Pub – Friday 31st August, 19:00. Touch of Madness
    4. Open Night at SAAO – Radio Astronomy Revolution – Dr. Nadeem Oozeer (SKA). Saturday 8th September, 08:00 pm. Auditorium (SAAO, Cape Town)


Link of the Week

Michael – Conservapedia

Angela – Snake Oil Infographic

Owen – Doctor Terrence 13


http://archive.org/details/ConsilienceEpisode58

http://archive.org/download/ConsilienceEpisode58/Consilience58.mp3

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Episode #57: Martian Robots, Cellphone Idiots and Dinosaur Double-whammy

It’s totes a commbadge.

The 57th episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 here (30mb) and the file’s page on Archive.org is here.

Starring


Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

  1. 1576 – The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe‘s Uraniborg observatory is laid on Hven. Johannes Kepler and all that stuff. Hven, an island in the Øresund between Zealand and Scania. King Frederick II of Denmark gave it to him.


Updates

  1. Parliament has rejected the DoBE’s catch-up plan, which isn’t even as good as it was described in ep.52; study guides are out.
  2. 5,000 more brand new textbooks found dumped in Limpopo, while Motshekga is trying to use “lack of resources” as part of her constitutional argument.


News

  1. Curiosity!!!!!11111111111111111111elebenty!!
    1. Doing checks and boring stuff ATM
    2. What’s new.
    3. Specs.
  2. How single-celled life specialised into multi-celled life via division of labour
  3. Government idiots want to put warning labels on cellphones
  4. More evidence building up that the Chicxulub impact wasn’t the sole cause of the KT Extinction

 

Sci-fi/Fantasy Quote

Nothing beats the power of nature for putting our self-importance in check.
— Dr. Hood
Eleventh Hour (US), season 1, episode 15, “Electro”


Announcements

  1. Johannesburg
    1. SFSA Star Trek Minicon – Saturday 18th August, 10:00 till 19:00. Wits Medical School
    2. Sceptics in the Park – Sunday 19th August, 13:00. Rose Garden, Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia
  2. Pretoria
    1. Sceptics in the Pub – Saturday 18th August, 12:30. Venue to be advised.

http://archive.org/details/ConsilienceEpisode57

http://archive.org/download/ConsilienceEpisode57/Consilience57.mp3

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Episode #56: Early South African Technology, More Satanism and Mystery Human Species

New Old Tools

The 56th episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 here (33mb) and the file’s page on Archive.org is here.

Starring


Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

  1. 1726 – Nicolaus II Bernouli dies at the age of 31.


News

Upper Paleolithic tools found in South Africa, much older than previous oldest.

Light of the Nations Church changes its mind about gays. Is still pretty dumb.

Stupid Billboard

Two women tragically murdered in Centurion. Somehow “Satanism” is the cause. (Point of Inquiry episode about Satanism)

Genetic evidence suggests other archaic human species in Africa.

First light for HESS II.

Curiosity rover days away from landing on Mars.

Sci-fi/Fantasy Quote

The use of the term ‘non-toxic’ is only for advertising.  There is no regulated government definition whatsoever.”
— Dr. Hood
Eleventh Hour (US), season 1, episode 3, “Agro”


Announcements

http://archive.org/details/ConsilienceEpisode56

http://archive.org/download/ConsilienceEpisode56/Consilience56.mp3

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Episode #55: Neanderthal Teeth, Dangerous Lightbulbs and Zombie Presidents

A research sheep about to set sail

The 55th episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 here (29mb) and the file’s page on Archive.org is here.

Starring


Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

1976 – Viking 1 takes the famous Face on mars photo.


Listener Feedback

Chris Sham: There are five sheep ships!


News

Neanderthals had medical technology.

Aquifer discovered under Namibia.

CFLs are bad for you.

You can be taught a 30-character password that you can’t remember.

SKA to reverse brain drain

Lack of textbooks causes 70% of Limpopo learners to fail. President Zuma blames a guy who’s been dead for almost 50 years.

Sci-fi/Fantasy Quote

Okay, you need to cut out all your loser crybaby crap and think of something scientific!  Come on.  You are smart.”
— Jesse Pinkman, Breaking Bad, season 2, episode 9, “4 Days Out”


Announcements


Link of the Week

Michael – Yahoo! Answers “theory”

Sam – Slow tech movement.

Angela – Go outside.

Owen – Penn’s Sunday School podcast.


http://archive.org/details/MeadonconsilienceEpisode55

http://archive.org/download/MeadonconsilienceEpisode55/Consilience55.mp3

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Episode #54: Hominins Without Boats, Catholic Craziness and Much Ado About Conferences

Where the orang-utans are.

The 54th episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 here (32mb) and the file’s page on Archive.org is here.

Starring


Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

1870 – The Vatican Council adopts the doctrine of Papal Infallibility.

1918 – Nelson Mandela born.


Discussion

The Mysogyny Wars” – Massimo Pigliucci

Hugs, Handshakes and Codes of Conduct” – Greta Christina

Thunderf00t on his expulsion from Freethoughtblogs.


News

Homeopathic conference of fail. (Owen’s homeopathic suicide attempt)

Hominins didn’t need boats to colonise islands.

Paleoanthropologists to chip out Australopithecus Sediba fossil live on the Internet.

South Africa’s first Catholic saint.

Sci-fi/Fantasy Quote

Accept nothing as true that is not self-evident.  And always recheck the reasoning behind every problem.”
— Dr. Hood (quoting Rene Descartes)
Eleventh Hour (US), season 1, episode 2, “Cardiac”


Announcements

  • Johannesburg
    • Speak2aScientist – Thursday, July 19th at 18:30. Sci Bono Discovery Centre. Prof Simon Connell, lead particle physicist from the UJ-Atlas group – The “God-particle” discovered: a milestone in our lifetime!
    • ScopeX – Saturday 21st July, 09:00 to 21:00. National War Museum, Johannesburg Zoo.
    • Sceptics in the Pub – Wednesday, August 1st at 19:00. Venue to be decided
  • Durban
  • Pretoria


Link of the Week

Michael – Visual Capitalist

Owen – How to subscribe to a podcast without iTunes


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http://archive.org/download/ConsilienceEpisode54/Consilience54.mp3

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Episode #53: Threatened Manuscripts, Satanic Stupidity and Batman’s Cape

*Higgs Boson news not included

The 53rd episode of Consilience is out! You can download the mp3 here (25mb) and the file’s page on Archive.org is here.

Apologies for the wonkiness during the news section. Follow the links below to get the full stories.

Starring


Teaching Angela to Appreciate History

1979 – Skylab was deorbited.


Updates

They found something called a “Higgs Boson“. (It was behind the couch).


News

Ancient Malian scientific texts under threat from Islamist extremist groups in modern Timbuktu.

MEC says something stupid: blames crime on Satan.

Australopithecus Sediba has surprising things in its teeth.

(Aside: different kinds of Kryptonite)

Batman cannot fly. (But Batman Always Wins)

SA Agulhas II on her shakedown cruise.

Pluto has five moons!

Sci-fi/Fantasy Quote

It has nothing to do with god.  People fear what they do not understand.”
— Dr. Hood (played by Rufus Sewell)
Eleventh Hour (US), season 1, episode 2, “Cardiac”


Announcements

  • Johannesburg
    • Sceptics in the Park – Sunday, July 15th at 13:00. Johannesburg Botanical Garden, the Rose Garden
    • Speak2aScientist – Thursday, July 19th at 18:30. Sci Bono Discovery Centre. Prof Simon Connell, lead particle physicist from the UJ-Atlas group – The “God-particle” discovered: a milestone in our lifetime!
    • ScopeX – Saturday 21st July, 09:00 to 21:00. National War Museum, Johannesburg Zoo.
  • Durban
  • Appearances


Link of the Week

Owen – Doubtful News


http://archive.org/details/ConsilienceEpisode53

http://archive.org/download/ConsilienceEpisode53/Consilience53.mp3

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