Sciencism 2013/04/08

This week in Sciencism we discus HIV antibody development, evidence for dark matter, smell sensors in the heart and lungs and proteins as the origin of life. We also discus misused science words, the new science quiz, special April fools science or fiction and last week in the past.

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Sciencism 2013/04/04 James Carr Interview

The Sciencism team interview James Carr from the Texas Tech University who talks to us about the endocrinology behind stress and hunger and his work in environmental endocrinology. He also talks to us about education in the USA and the impact that religion can have on students.

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Sciencism 2013/03/31

In this weeks episode of Sciencism;

Science News – What came first, the head or the brain? New SNPs found for cancer, the moon and asteroids share history, sweet potato baby formular and a microbe with 7 sexes.

Science Quiz – Which physical phenomena explains the emission of electrons from matter when they absorb light energy? And who won the nobel prize for the discovery of the law describing this?

Science Issues – Human genome 99% patented and retraction of the HeLa cells genome.

Science or Fiction – Scientists engineer bacteria to use caffeine as energy source, Study find that fungi sequester more arbon than plant matter in boreal forests, Fire activity in the amazon can be predicted using satelite images to detect the colour of leaves.

Last week in the past – Eiffel Tower opens, first successful tornado forecast, Mariner 10 observes Mercury, First Sea Plane Flight.

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Sciencism 2013/02/24

In this weeks episode of Sciencism Ross and Dan talk about the regenerative abilities of the newt and how this relates to the human genome, we talk about deep see vents, sharks with bio-luminescent fins, the origin of photosynthesis and the smallest ever exoplanet, we also talk about White Dwarfs in mini Science, and of course, last week in the past.

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Australian Federal Court upholds patent on BCRA genes

Recently the Australian Federal Court decided to uphold a patent on the genes BCRA1 and BCRA2, both genes are somewhat predictive of the heritable risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

The judge recognised the importance of the decision and ultimately decided that in isolating the DNA from the cell there was a “manner of manufacture” what made the gene patentable.

For more information on the decision I suggest you read this article on the Conversation

http://theconversation.edu.au/gene-patenting-australian-court-rules-brca1-patent-is-legal-12240

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Sciencism 2013/02/18

In this weeks episode of Sciencism Ross and Dan discuss the Asteroid events of of the past week as well as the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. We talk about a protozoa with thousands of chromosomes, the protein responsible for CJD and the origin of Cosmic Rays. We talk about the issue of gene patents in response to the ruling by the Australia Federal Court. Dan plays science or fiction and the audience gets a chance to take on the science quiz. We finish off with last week in the past.

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Sciencism Announcement 08/02/2013

Hey folks! Ross the producer of Sciencism here. There is less than a week to go until the return of Sciencism and I could not be more excited. I have big plans for the show this year including more interviews, more co-hosts, more educational content and more video content to extend our reach to audiences like YouTube and Vimeo. All of this content will remain completely 100% free because here at Sciencism we believe that educational content should be available to everyone.

Many of you may also be pining for more skeptical content, the Critical Eye podcast however never took off like Sciencism did. The fact is that I am a full time student who has to study, work and I am also a keen musician. Clearly this only leaves me with a certain amount of time. Science is my main passion and I would like to produce great science content rather than average skeptic content and average science content. There are already a host of great Skeptic podcasts available, as such I will not be continuing the Critical Eye podcast at this time, however I am exploring other avenues for the show, never say never.

If you are after some great Skeptic podcasts I cannot recommend the following podcasts highly enough.

The Skeptics Guide to the Universe – A great panel show featuring science and skeptic news, interviews and other cool segments, this podcast was the inspiration for my own podcasting adventures.

Skeptoid – This show was the inspiration for my “Under the Microscope” episode, each week Brian Dunning examines in detail a single topic, whether it be Homeopathy, “Natural” Food, The Loch Ness Monster, you name it Brian has covered it.

Other Skeptic podcasts of note include – The Skeptic Zone, by the Australian Skeptics, Skeptics with a K, by the Mersey side Skeptics, The Virtual Skeptics, featuring Sharon from Doubtful News amongst many others.