The Science Talent Search 2018

22 November, 2018

2018 STS bursary winners whose bursaries were funded by the Australian Skeptics

The first Science Talent Search was conducted and sponsored by the Science Teachers Association of Victoria in 1952. A total of seventeen cash bursaries were awarded.

In 2018 the number of bursaries awarded was six hundred and fifty-one, sharing a pool of $36,425.

Still under the aegis of the STAV, the Science Talent Search now receives financial support from a wide variety of sponsors including universities, research institutes, commercial firms, not-for-profit groups like the Australian Skeptics, and an increasing number of private donors. Read the rest of this entry »


Complementary Medicines, Advertising Reform and the TGA

21 November, 2018

by Dr Ken Harvey, with an introduction by Ken Greatorex

To set the scene for those not familiar with the glacial machinations of Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration: Until recently in Australia we had a complaint process whereby if you wanted to complain about the advertising of a particular listed medicine, you submitted. to the Complaints Resolution Panel. It was woefully under resourced, but it did its job, carried out inquiries then reported established breaches in conduct to the TGA. The TGA acted – sometimes.

Then things changed. Against the urging of such groups as The Australian Skeptics, Friends of Science in Medicine, Choice and other consumer advocates, the TGA became the body which dealt directly with such complaints. 

As one who attended and absorbed the excellent review from Professor Harvey and three of his students, the result of this change has been:

  • totally predictable
  • disappointing

 

(left to right: Mal Vickers, Kithmini Cooray, Mary Malek, Ken Harvey)

Speakers:

Discussion:

The audience did not agree that the ongoing advertising of ‘Bright Brains’, illustrated by Kithmini, had achieved compliance with the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2015. In short, they disagreed with the TGA outcome statement about this complaint. Read the rest of this entry »


Susan Blackmore – Genes, Memes, Tremes from Biology to AI

15 November, 2018

This is Professor Susan Blackmore speaking at the Royal Society of Victoria in October 2018

Thanks to Adam Ford.


Puzzles for November 2018

31 October, 2018

Your Skeptical Puzzles Fix

November’s Skeptical Crossword (with standard and cryptic clues} is based on Mythology.

Each month there’s a new set of Picture Puzzles, Mixed Bag Questions (Trivia / General Knowledge) and Logic & Maths Puzzles. Look at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE.

Scroll down the Puzzles Page for monthly puzzles going back to January 2018

Our earlier puzzles, going back to 2010 can be found at:

https://vicskeptics.wordpress.com/puzzles/puzzles-archives/

Enjoy!


Puzzles for September 2018

31 August, 2018

Each month we publish a themed Skeptical Crossword, a set of seven Picture Puzzles, a set of twenty Mixed Bag Questions (Trivia / General Knowledge) and a set of Logic & Maths Puzzles. They can be found, blog-style, at the top of the Puzzles Page.

There hundreds of earlier published puzzles. They can be found here:

https://vicskeptics.wordpress.com/puzzles/puzzles-archives/


Puzzles for August 2018

31 July, 2018

The Skeptical Crossword for August 2018 is themed to Religious Ideas.

96 August 2018 Crossword Religious Ideas

Our Skeptical crosswords generally have two sets of clues, one “standard” and the other “cryptic”. These monthly crosswords are all available in archive, are all based on themes related to Skepticism, and go back to 2010.

Other crosswords, wordsearches and cryptograms specifically for classroom use are available here: https://vicskeptics.wordpress.com/useful-info/


Our Mixed Bag Questions have a format of twenty trivia-type questions, (ten “easy”and ten “harder”), with answers supplied.

08 August 2018 Mixed bag questions

All of our previous sets of Mixed Bag Questions are available in archive.


Our Logic & Maths Puzzles consist of ten questions of varying levels of difficulty. Solutions are supplied.

Logic and Maths Puzzles 73 August 2018 

There are now over seventy such puzzles available in archive


A new set of Picture Puzzles can be found each month at the top of the Puzzles Page.

Enjoy!


PUZZLES ARCHIVES

https://vicskeptics.wordpress.com/puzzles/puzzles-archives/



Puzzles for July 2018

30 June, 2018

Fresh Picture Puzzles are at the top of the  Puzzles Page.

Mixed Bag Questions, Skeptical Crosswords and Logic & Maths Puzzles now come in pdf form and can be reached from here or from the Puzzles Page.

For July:

07 July 2018 Mixed bag questions

95 July 2018 Crossword Famous Scientists

Logic and Maths Puzzles 72 July 2018

The PDF format requires the Adobe Reader for viewing. The Adobe Reader is free software and may be obtained at this website: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Enjoy!