Science Talent Search – 2020 Style

13 May, 2020

The Science Talent Search of the Science Teachers Association of Victoria will continue to run in 2020, celebrating its 69th consecutive year of operation in 2020. Planning around The Covid – 19 situation
requires that the usual Judging Day will not proceed; instead ALL student projects will be electronically submitted and judged remotely this year.

The Science Talent Search has been enthusiastically supported by The Australian Skeptics for many years now.
Here are some letters of thanks that we received from students whose cash bursaries we funded last year.

Puzzles for May 2020

30 April, 2020

May’s usual Picture Puzzles, Mixed Bag QuestionsCrossword Puzzle and Logic & Maths Questions are at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE .

This month’s crossword is about General Skeptical Issues.

In addition, here are twenty sets of puzzles and diversions of various kinds (not specifically Skeptic-related) which you might find helpful if you are stuck at home.

April 2020 Special Number 1

April 2020 Special Number 2

April 2020 Special Number 3 Read the rest of this entry »

ATTENTION! Skeptics Café via Zoom

20 April, 2020

We are having our first virtual Skeptics Cafe TONIGHT (Monday 20th April) at 7.30.

From Vic Skeptics President

Hi everyone,

Tonight Clem Stanyon will be giving us a great talk about his work in the biotech industry and the GMO crops that he is involved in producing.

We will be trialling this event on You don’t need to create an account, you should be able to follow the link below.


Patents and Portents: In Insider View on the Production of GMOs

Born to English migrants from the war generation, English teachers both, I have lived and worked in 5 cities in 3 countries on 3 continents: Perth and Melbourne here in Australia, Detroit and Seattle in the US, and Lyon in France, in which work I have been consistently employed to create DNA constructs for making genetically modified organisms. I currently work in the Victorian government agricultural sector, for the first time making GMOs that are not for research purposes only, but for commercial purposes, working mainly on constructs for canola and wheat.

Clem’s talk starts at 7:30pm sharp.
We encourage questions to be posted on the Q&A chat.

Follow the zoom link:

Or join by phone:
Dial (Australia): +61 3 7018 2005 or +61 2 8015 6011


Puzzles for April 2020

31 March, 2020

New Picture Puzzles, Mixed Bag QuestionsCrossword Puzzle and Logic & Maths Questions have been placed, blog-style, at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE .

This month’s crossword is about Internet Scams, and as Scamming is a crossword theme we frequently visit, links to several earlier Crosswords about scams, frauds and hoaxes are supplied.

Dont forget, we’ve got nearly ten years worth of puzzles in our archive.


Puzzles for March 2020

29 February, 2020

Newly situated at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE are another seven picture puzzles, twenty “Mixed Bag” Questions (trivia / general knowledge, a Crossword Puzzle prompted by the practice of osteopathy, and a set of Logic & Maths questions.

If you continue to scroll down, (by-passing our special Darwin Day Crossword) you’ll see a similar set of puzzles for February, then for January.

Puzzles from January 2018 to December 2019 now make up Puzzles Archives 8


Archived puzzles:

Puzzles for February 2020

31 January, 2020

More Picture Puzzles, Mixed Bag questions, a Crossword about Roman Mythology and a set of Logic Problems (with solutions) are at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE .

Puzzles from January 2018 to December 2019 have been removed to form Puzzles Archives 8


Archived puzzles:

Darwin Day 2020

16 January, 2020

ANNUAL BARBECUE (Melbourne area)

Help us celebrate Charles Darwin’s 211th birthday at the annual Barbecue, from 5 pm at the Studley Park Boathouses picnic area. BYO everything.


Celebrate February 12 (Charles Darwin’s Birthday) in your classroom!

charles_darwin_statue_natural_history_museum_londonCharles Darwin Crossword Years 9 to 12

Darwin bio Read and answer

Charles Darwin Wordsearch Years 5 to 8

Charles Darwin Cryptogram Years 7 to 10


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