For Schools

28 October, 2016

cartoon-1297710_1280If you are not yet familiar with the educational material you can download here, click on the “Useful Info” tab above.

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Puzzles for October 2016

30 September, 2016


This month as a bonus we’ve given you an extra ten pre-loved code-type puzzles to solve (see left)

You’ll find the answers HERE

The October 2016 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle is called Logical Fallacies # 5.

Here are the links to our previous Logical Fallacies crossword puzzles:
Logical Fallacies Crossword 1

Logical Fallacies Crossword 2

Logical Fallacies Crossword 3

Logical Fallacies Crossword 4

There’s also the October 2016 Logic & Maths Problems

and new sets of Picture Puzzles and “Mixed Bag” questions, which are at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE


A Skeptic’s Guide to Life In the Universe

9 July, 2016

This article first appeared as a Vic Skeptics discussion pamphlet and again here in December 2010.
The full range of our discussion pamphlets can be downloaded from our  USEFUL INFO  page.

 by Peter Barrett, (Canberra Skeptics), updated 2016 by Ken Greatorex

It’s one of the great questions: is there life elsewhere in the universe, apart from the Earth? Skeptics would say, “Almost certainly, but at the moment we don’t know how likely it might be.”

Life thrives on Earth, particularly in the tropical and temperate latitudes. Life exists even in the harsh desert and polar regions. But most importantly, life has been found to exist in places previously thought inhospitable, such as inside rocks in the dry valleys of Antarctica or around geothermal vents, where the water is boiling hot. The fact that life can survive in such unlikely places dramatically increases the range of potential habitats for life elsewhere. So are there places where life could exist elsewhere in our own Solar System?

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July 2016 Puzzles

30 June, 2016

July’s Picture Puzzles, “Mixed Bag” Questions and a new word puzzle called AddScrabble are at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE 

July 2016 Skeptical Crossword features Famous Skeptics.

July 2016 Logic & Maths Problems is the 48th set in the series. If you’d like to try the other 47, they start in August 2012 – see PUZZLES ARCHIVE 3;


June 2016 Puzzles

31 May, 2016

This month we introduce a new category: a Word Quiz called “CROSSWORD CLUES”.

 JUNE 2016 SKEPTICAL CROSSWORD PUZZLE is about General Skeptical issues and has standard and cryptic clues supplied.

JUNE 2016 LOGIC & MATHS PUZZLES is the 47th in the series. If you’d like to catch up on the ones you’ve missed, they start in August 2012 – see PUZZLES ARCHIVE 3;

and go the PUZZLES PAGE for a new lot of  Picture Puzzles (this month they’re all film titles) 

and “Mixed Bag” Questions (Trivia type Questions) for June.


A Skeptic’s Guide to Firewalking

16 May, 2016

This article first appeared here in 2010. It is also available as a classroom discussion pamphlet.
The full range of our discussion pamphlets (and much more) can be downloaded from our  USEFUL INFO page.

What is Firewalking?

Typically, firewalking involves walking with bare feet across a level bed of hot glowing coals, the remnant of a wood fire. On the Pacific Islands, heated stones are substituted for coals. Read the rest of this entry »

The Science Talent Search Search

6 May, 2016

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Are YOU a former Victorian student who earned one or more Science Talent Search bursaries while at school?

Do you know such a person?

If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Please tell us what you’re doing now, and send us your STS reminiscences including your name and school, and whatever you can remember about your entry (how old were you at the time? What category did you enter; models, essays, research, computers, photography or games? What was the title of your entry?)

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