Thursday, March 31, 2011

Consilience: Episode 3

Episode 3 of Consilience: An African Science Podcast is out... In this episode (mp3 / 22.7mb) we wish some cool people happy birthday, we discuss an idiotic (and expensive) planned ceremony to "bless" a South African road, and we interview Ed Yong, of Not Exactly Rocket Science fame. (Sorry about the dodgy sound quality. Owen and I spent a very long time cleaning it up. We will do better).

Anyway, check it out! The show is also embedded below...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Consilience: Episode 2

The second episode of Consilience: An African Science Podcast is out. In this episode (mp3 / 33.1mb / 1:01:47) we discuss (among many other things) BF Skinner and behaviorism, Angola's 1st dinosaur fossil, and out-group bias in monkeys. The show also includes Part II of our interview with Dr. Steven Novella of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe.

It's embedded below:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Consilience: Episode 1

So Angela Meadon, Owen Swart and I have started a weekly science and skepticism podcast called Consilience. In our first episode we discuss gadgets causing sleeplessness, the Square Kilometer Array, whether the "Supermoon" caused Japan's earthquake, claims of fossilized alien microbes, tiger feces, and we interview Dr. Steven Novella.

Episode 1 is embedded below and you can download the mp3 directly here (31.4mb). The show notes are here.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Video Aluminum cast of ant nest

One of the most enduringly popular post on this blog is "A cement cast of an entire ant colony", a video of an ant nest cast. Embedded below (direct link) is another video of a beautiful cast, this time made using metal.



(H/T: Mike Breytenbach).

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Calling black South African skeptics

A severely under-discussed topic among South African skeptics is race. The problem is stark and obvious: nobody seems to know any black South Africans who are also skeptics. Now, obviously, there are (must be) black South African skeptics... but we don't know who they are. And this situation is clearly unacceptable.

So... if you are black, South African and a skeptic (or know of someone who is) please contact me! I will make it my mission to help make your voice heard.

The African science, rationalism and skepticism blogroll for February

This is the updated African science and skepticism blogroll for February 2011... If you know of blogs not listed here, please let me know. Also: add it to your blog! Tweet it! Do a post like this one! (Email me, and I'll send you the HTML).

Note: I generally remove blogs that have been inactive for more than 6 months, so if you're no longer on the list and have resumed blogging, please email me.