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

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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

Another guest spot on Science on Top


Just a brief post to mention my latest guest spot on the Science on Top podcast (http://scienceontop.com). This time around we discussed some bad media reporting (or headlining at least), of a recent study into factors impacting upon stillbirth such as which side the mother sleeps on during the last night of pregnancy, plus more … Continue reading Another guest spot on Science on Top

Science on Top Episode 6


Amazingly, after my previous appearance, Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday and Shayne Joseph from the Science on Top podcast invited me back to further confuse myself and the listeners! This time around we discussed language, specifically phoneme diversity modelling, providing support for the 'Out of Africa' theory of human origin; Pluto's changing atmosphere and why learning … Continue reading Science on Top Episode 6

TAM Australia – Impressions from Day 1


Okay, so this is a quick post on my impressions from day 1 of 'The Amazing Meeting' Australia. I had the absolute pleasure of having lunch with Pamela Gay (@Starstryder), co-host of the 'AstronomyCast' podcast, and general all-round awesome person today. Pamela is directly responsible for my introduction to the 'skeptical community', as through her … Continue reading TAM Australia – Impressions from Day 1

UFO Sighting over Australia confirmed! …Oh, hang on – maybe not…


This is another cross-post from Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy Blog - Oh, those Falcon UFOs! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine. Yesterday there was a frenzy of 'UFO streams across Eastern Australia' news stories, blog posts and Tweets, but thankfully common sense generally prevailed and links were quickly drawn to the launch of private space … Continue reading UFO Sighting over Australia confirmed! …Oh, hang on – maybe not…

Jupiter impacted by asteroid – discovered by Australian Amateur Astronomer Anthony Wesley


This is a cross-post from Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy blogsite BREAKING: Another Jupiter impact? | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine. Phil reported that Australian Amateur Astronomer, Anthony Wesley, recorded an impact by an asteroid, coincidentally on the same day that news about another impact Anthony discovered in 2009 was released! Very bizzare. Anthony captured video … Continue reading Jupiter impacted by asteroid – discovered by Australian Amateur Astronomer Anthony Wesley