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Science Themed Gift Ideas 2015

December 04, 2015

This year, we expanded our horizons beyond the book store and brought in a couple of expert geeks to suggest some unique science themed gifts for the nerds on your list. Our Panelists Courtney Caldwell is a communications professional by day, a writer for Skepchick and Mad Art Lab by night, and lover of all things geek! Simon Saval is the founder and CEO of, the world’s largest curated collection of unique science gifts. The organization’s goals are to popularize science through products that stimulate the imagination and to raise money for national charities. Thier Gift Suggestions Courtney Caldwell Northern Brewer 1 Gallon Small Batch Starter Kit Kinkajou Bottle Cutter Patterns of the Universe: A Coloring Adventure in Math...

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Desiree Schell at CFI Leadership Conference & Secular Women Work

July 20, 2015

This summer, our own Desiree Schell is taking her Activism Workshop on the road to two great events, blending her expertise in organizing with her love of evidence and reason. First up, she'll be speaking at the 2015 CFI Leadership Conference, running from July 30 to August 2 in Amherst, New York. The CFI Leadership event brings together student and community activists from across North America for four days packed with leadership training, workshops, networking, educational presentations, and more. Desiree is a big fan of the CFI Leadership event, and has met some fantastic people through this event over the years, including the future generation of passionate activists. Later in the summer, Desiree will also be running her workshop at...

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Recent Feed Maintenance & Runaway Downloads

July 15, 2015

For those using iTunes to auto download the podcast, over the last 2 days we've had to make some minor changes to the feed URL, and for some people it means all the episodes are re-downloading. The best way to stop this is to set your iTunes to only download the "X Most Recent" episodes in the podcast settings. Apologies for the runaway downloads anyone has experienced: we didn't realize this minor change would cause that! In future, we'll be sure to notify you in advance of any changes we're making to our feed that might cause this to happen again. One way you can prevent these types of runaway downloads for any show you're listening to is to limit...

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Audio Extras: Ethan Siegel on Red Flags of Pseudoscience

June 06, 2015

A while back, we did an interview with the wonderful astrophysicist and science writer Ethan Siegel, about the so-called "Impossible Space Drive", which you can listen to in our archives as part of the episode "Impossible Space". During that conversation, we talked about red flags of pseudoscience and how a science-savvy layperson can sort the new, exciting, on-the-fringe science from the pseudoscience. We ran over time, so this section was ultimately cut out of the final episode that aired, but we wanted to share this "cutting-room floor" section with you. Ethan provides an excellent summary and great thoughts in response to my question. If you're a big fan of watching science headlines – in particular, the physics headlines – this...

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Listener Mail: Where the "Bumblebee Can't Fly" Myth Came From

March 06, 2015

We recently had a great email from one of our listeners, Daniel Schechter in Spokane, Washington, who gave us the backstory about where the "science says bumblebees can't fly" idea came from. A few weeks back, Desiree Schell interviewed Dave Goulson, author of the book "A Sting In The Tale", and this topic came up. While neither our intrepid host nor our excellent guest knew the answer to this, one of our listeners sent us the following: I recently listened to the show about bees, and was surprised when the interviewee said he didn't know the origin of the old saw about bumblebees being unable to fly. The way I've heard it expressed is "According to science, bumblebees can't fly."...

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