The Implausibility of Possum Peppering

I read "Heavens aligning for fiery possum cure" and was mildly stunned that this was taken seriously enough to be considered "news". Even more stunned that this may actually be being considered. I was going to write a post about this but feel that this post by Alison Campbell does the job well. Hat tip to SciBlogs for syndicating this.

Vitamin C plays vital role in battle against cancer

So, according to a recent news release a study headed by Ass. Prof. Margreet Vissers at the University of Otago has found a link between vitamin C and cancer. I haven't read the paper yet but to be honest if the content is anything like the abstract I don't think I'm going to get very far. :P

Repost: What You’re Doing Is Important

This post from @SurlyAmy of SkepChick and Surly Ramics fame is just fantastic. For those of you that have wondered how to describe what it is that we do as Skeptics, this should be informative and inspiring.

When I read this I felt that this was something that had to be in many places in its entirety. Amy has allowed it to be reproduced here with permission.

HCCC rule on AVN

The complaint filed with the HCCC against the AVN by Ken McLeod and Toni & David MacCaffery has been upheld. While this is a big win for rationality the next question is will the AVN follow through with the ruling? Does the HCCC have teeth?

Kahui twins did not die from abuse, says expert

The Kahui twins died of natural causes according to a controversial medical opinion given to the coroner for an upcoming inquest into their deaths.

NZSitP: Year Zero

I had been listening to skeptical and science-based podcasts for about four years when I decided that I wanted to so something more than just listen. I’d heard about a lecture series that was held in a pub in London 10 years ago; when the series ended the gatherings kept going.

Science Journalism

An over worked friend was talking about science journalism while I was walking home the other day. As it happened I'd just listened to Episode Twenty-Five – The Second Embiggen Book Review Show of The Token Skeptic podcast. The final book was on topic so I offered to edit it out so she wouldn't have to hunt through the full episode for the relevant bit.

Gender Neutral Language

So last night the topic of gender neutrality in the likes of policeman vs police officer came up and, unsurprisingly, I have an opinion on this and thought I may make a blog post detailing said stance.

Hat Tip to Victoria Uni

I just spotted this on the NZ Herald site this morning; Victoria reviews homeopathy course.

Victoria University is distancing itself from a course it is offering in the controversial alternative medicine homeopathy.

The course "Homoeopathy: increasing your health awareness" is being offered through its Community Continuing Education programme in a one-off two hour lecture.

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