Touchy Professors and Institutional Disinterest


Whilst we'll never know the full story, the recent BuzzFeed article outlining complaints against well-known planet-hunting Astronomer Geoff Marcy by several former UC Berkeley students is representative of a much larger problem. Although I'm disappointed it's Marcy at the center of this, I'm saddened more by the knowledge this is the tip of the iceberg. … Continue reading Touchy Professors and Institutional Disinterest

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See Dr Pamela Gay in Melbourne on September 12 and 13


Much to my delight, Dr Pamela Gay of AstronomyCast / CosmoQuest is coming to Melbourne, and thanks to some wonderful crowd-fundees, Swinburne University, Science on Top and Embiggen Books, you can come along to hear her speak. There are two public events scheduled for Melbourne. The first is at Embiggen Books on Thursday 12th September … Continue reading See Dr Pamela Gay in Melbourne on September 12 and 13

Dr Pamela Gay Melbourne trip kickstarter


We have some great news - Dr Pamela Gay, co-host of the hugely popular AstronomyCast podcast, head of CosmoQuest, AstroSphere and too many other awesome things to list here, is coming to Australia en-route back to the US after presenting at the NZ Skeptics Convention in September. Planning is underway for one or two events … Continue reading Dr Pamela Gay Melbourne trip kickstarter

Curiosity puts wheels on Mars via Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex


Today I found myself among a privileged few visiting NASA's Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC), one of the tracking stations which form the Deep Space Network, built to track and manage the space agency's travelling ambassadors to other worlds and managed by the CSIRO. Arriving early to ensure our space, for seats were limited on a … Continue reading Curiosity puts wheels on Mars via Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

The Great Burzynski Caper


Stanislaw Burzynski has risen to fame ‘cross the Net, no less, due to making some claims He can cure Cancer, in its many known guises With a treatment derived from a source that surprises. Anti-neo-plaston Therapy it’s called And many a good scientist will call it a fraud. A treatment derived from the patient’s own … Continue reading The Great Burzynski Caper

I’m no Superman…


What follows is perhaps the most difficult piece of communication I've ever written. It's difficult because of the hurt, guilt and shame I still feel despite my rational mind knowing these feelings are unwarranted and unhelpful. It's difficult because of the stigma attached to mental health issues; the automatic distance people put between themselves and … Continue reading I’m no Superman…

Upcoming presentations at Embiggen Books which you’ll want to see…


Now that Warren and Kirsty have managed to clean up and re-open their superb Melbourne bookshop after a recent plumbing mishap, they've lined up some superb talks and presentations which you're going to want to see. First up, tomorrow (October 13), is Professor Tim Berra, an "acknowledged Darwin expert [and] ... author of over 75 … Continue reading Upcoming presentations at Embiggen Books which you’ll want to see…