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  • Climate Change: How we’ve palmed off our responsibility to critically think.
    July 8, 2017

    I know what you’re probably thinking, “Here we go, another science communicator trying to change people’s minds that don’t agree with them.” I can assure you that’s not my intention. I want to highlight an issue that has allowed so many people with no background in a complex scientific field to come to the conclusion […]...

  • From Fission Bombs to Fukushima: How Safe is Nuclear Power?
    July 5, 2017

    This episode Wade and Byrne look at the costs and causes of serious nuclear catastrophes. They discuss whether nuclear power is safe enough to deliver our future energy needs and how radiation is a real downer for the brains and balls of humans and birds alike....

  • Season 5 Episode 13: Can We Live Forever?
    June 28, 2017

    In this episode Wade gets upset when he finds a grey hair, so Byrne decides to research if Wade can live forever. The guys discuss stem cells, bioethics, the mechanisms of age and if we can upload ourselves to the internet to live forever, and not just a below average quality Youtube video....

  • A Message to Science Deniers
    June 13, 2017


  • S5 Ep9: Funny Science F#!k Ups
    June 9, 2017

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  • Lawrence Krauss on Science Education
    June 4, 2017


  • S5:E7 The Scienterrific Method
    May 27, 2017

    In this episode Wade and Byrne discuss the scientific method. They look at its benefits and flaws, and what to look out for in order to identify bullshit studies. Byrne uses the Deepak Chopra quote generator to find inspiration whilst Wade explains his thoughts on Flat-Earthers. Subscribe: iTunes Android...

  • Season 5 Episode 7 – How to be Very Nice with Veritasium
    May 18, 2017

    Wade and Byrne are joined by one of Science’s busiest bodies, Derek Muller. They discuss why Derek (aka Veritasium) makes videos and from where he draws his inspiration. They also explore why it is important to be nice to people when trying to communicate Science… will Wade and Byrne heed Derek’s advice or continue to […]...

  • Latest Ep: Climate Models- Sexy Science or Heated Hogwash with Climate Scientist Dr Maharaj from the Climate Change Research Centre – UNSW
    May 18, 2017

    Wade and Byrne talk to climate scientist Dr Angela Maharaj about the climate around climate science. They discuss the accuracy of climate models as well as the evidence scientists use to conclude humans are causing recent climate change. SoundCloud Stitcher iTunes...

  • Latest Episode: Phobias – Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Sex Robot?
    May 10, 2017

    In this episode Byrne and Wade take a look at some of the strangest phobias going around and ask: Why do we have phobias? Are men or women more likely to get phobias? What does the Science say is the best way of treating a phobia? Why does the title of this episode mention Sex […]...

  • Season 5 Episode 4: Medicinal Marijuana- Is it Worth the Hype?
    April 27, 2017

    In this episode Byrne and Wade look at if there are there any health benefits in getting on the ‘Ganga’? The guys assess some of the health claims behind smoking/ingesting Marijuana, and its chemical compounds. They also discuss why there’s still so much that we don’t know. iTunes: SoundCloud:

  • New Episode: Should You Trust Your Own Memory
    April 20, 2017

    I think in this episode Byrne & Wade explore just how flawed our recollection of events and past experiences can be. They take a look at how false memories can be ‘implanted’ in a person, and how ‘Forgotten Baby Syndrome’ is far more common than you may think....

  • S4E10 – Neonicotinoids: A Bee’s Dick of Certainty
    March 28, 2017

    The buzz around is that bee’s are in trouble. In this episode Wade and Byrne look at some of the different reasons people bee-lieve this and what Science says about the pesticides bee-ing used on our food crops....

  • Season 4 Episode 9 – How Statistics are Used and Abused
    March 17, 2017

    Did you know that the odds of you staying awake during a statistics lecture are one in five? Or that up to 80% of statistics are fabricated on the spot? Wade and Byrne explain how statistics are used to mislead people and what you can do to see through the spin without having to sit […]...

  • What’s Schrodinger Got Against Cats?
    March 13, 2017

    Everyone has heard of Schrodinger’s Cat but what does this famous thought experiment actually mean? In this episode Wade and Byrne explore the seemingly non-sensical world of quantum mechanics through animal cruelty....

  • Latest Episode: Dodgy Data and Sick Scientists
    February 28, 2017

    From doctors drinking vomit to elephants tripping on acid, Byrne and Wade talk about a few of the times where we just have to ask “WTF Science?...

  • Dinosaurs, Digs, Disrespect and Dumbasses
    February 18, 2017

    In this episode Badass celebrity palaeontologist and Kesha criticiser Trevor Valle joins Sci-gasm to talk about digging up the past, teaching the present and preserving the future. He also explains why dinosaurs probably tasted like chicken and why moon-landing conspiracy theorists really grind his gears....

  • Shill shirts
    February 8, 2017

    Is Monsanto paying you? Do you work for Big Pharma? Are you funded by the renewable energy sector? Then purchase one of these shirts and let the rest of the World know and help us continue to spread skepticism and crtical thinking!...

  • Latest Episode- Wine Tasting: Hints of Class with Undertones of Bullshit
    February 8, 2017

    Listen here In this episode Wade & Byrne discuss what the Science says about wine tasting being a reliable method in determining the value of a vino. Listen to Wade’s pathetic attempt at speaking some French, and Byrne’s reaction when he finds a surprise in his wine glass....

  • Help Support Science, Skepticism, Critical Thinking and Dick Jokes
    February 1, 2017

    We have setup a Sci-gasm Podcast Outreach on IndieGoGo It is becoming more and more obvious in recent months that the world needs Skepticism, Science and Satire. Recently, Sci-gasm Podcast’s audience has dramatically increased and this has motivated us to further promote Sci-gasm’s message to the masses. However, as our audience has grown – so […]...

  • CREATIONISM; Pseudo-scientific Balderdash or Dangerous Ideology?
    January 25, 2017

    ~LATEST EPISODE~ Wade and Byrne go into details about Creationism, what it is and what its proponents are offering. The discussion also goes into how being brought up with creationism can lead to dangerous and disruptive decisions being made. Listen here: SoundCloud: iTunes:

  • Rise of the Planet of the anti-intellectuals
    December 17, 2016

    In this episode Byrne and Wade discuss recent chatter online about the apparent rise in anti-intellectualism. What is anti-intellectualism anyway? Has there always been anti-intellectualism? How can you tell the difference between “fake” and “real” news? And why should you trust these guys? SoundCloud: iTunes:

  • S3 Episode 9: The Ins and Outs of Sex in the Animal Kingdom’
    December 8, 2016

    Sci-gasm gets intimate, explaining what, how and with whom various animals are having sex. Wade and Byrne get to learn all about kink in the Animal Kingdom from none other than Dr Carin Bondar! Her expertise giving the answers to questions you never realised you wanted to know. Listen here: iTunes: Soundcloud:

  • S3 Episode 8: What we know about GMOs
    December 8, 2016

    Special guest Professor Kevin Folta joins Wade and Byrne to discuss how Genetically Modified Organisms are created as well as the world altering possibilities that this controversial technology offers. They also address some of the biggest worries people have about GMOs and how just a little bit of understanding could save countless lives Available on: […]...

  • Science and its Place in Religion & Politics
    November 28, 2016

    In this episode Sci-gasm gets controversial with special co-host Dan Broadbent to talk about the things most people don’t dare; Politics, Religion and Science....

  • The Risks and Rewards of Vaccines with Professor Paul Offit
    November 22, 2016

    Season 3 Episode 6: The Risks and Rewards of Vaccines with Professor Paul Offit. Soundcloud: iTunes:

    November 10, 2016

    In this episode Wade and Byrne explore the Universe with Professor Geraint Lewis. They discuss the life that could be out there waiting to be found as well as how the universe grew up and how it will end. And where would you go if you could use a wormhole to go anywhere in space […]...

  • Don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel
    November 4, 2016


  • Solving World Hunger and Flying Monkeys, the Future of Bio-tech and CRISPR-cas9 with Dr Caroline Curchoe
    November 4, 2016

    In this episode Wade and Byrne talk to Dr Carol Lynn Curchoe, a bio-tech wonder woman and active Science communicator. She teaches us about a controversial new gene editing tool called CRISPR-cas9 and what this sensational bio-gadget means for everything!...

  • Finale in Scepticism podcast series: Critically Thinking About Critical Thinking
    October 27, 2016

    In this podcast episode, Wade and Byrne talk with Ed LaGinestra who lectured post-graduate Science students in critical thinking and effective science communication. We discuss the importance of being sceptical and how we can instil critical thinking skills in our children to help ensure the next generations aren’t idiots. Listen to it now on Soundcloud […]...

  • New Podcast Episode: Marrying Science and Scepticism with Thoughtscapism as the Celebrant
    October 20, 2016

    In this episode Wade and Byrne talk to Iida from Thoughtscapism and she tells us about her research into the worries of Glyphosate (aka RoundUp). She also discusses how critical thinking and healthy scepticism can help you understand the Science behind the sensational headlines. Here it now on Soundcloud or iTunes...

  • Sci-gasm, Skepticism and the Credible Hulk!!
    October 13, 2016

    Sci-gasm seeks some credibility this season by interviewing the people on the front line of research and science communication. We kick it off with a trilogy of episodes on critical thinking and scientific literacy, and in our first instalment, Wade and Byrne get to interview the Credible Hulk where we discuss healthy scepticism and watching […]...

  • Climate Change: How we’ve palmed off our responsibility to critically think.
    October 8, 2016

    I know what you’re probably thinking, “Here we go, another science blogger trying to change people’s minds that don’t agree with them.” I can assure you that’s not my intention. I want to highlight an issue that has allowed so many people with no background in a complex scientific field to come to the conclusion […]...

  • The Superheroes Of The Animal Kingdom
    October 6, 2016

    Time and time again it seems that even our most astonishing ideas and inventions are no match for Mother Nature. The natural world seems to evolve and perfect the weirdest ideas that humans could possibly imagine. Early explorers used compasses to navigate the seas; birds have been using the Earth’s magnetic fields to travel across […]...

  • We are the 1%: Mass Extinctions Through the Ages
    October 6, 2016

    In this episode of Sci-gasm the guys take a look at the fact that 99% of life that has existed on Earth is now extinct. Byrne takes you on a journey through the times when most organisms checked out of the evolutionary arms race. We also talk about lionesses with manly manes and mannerisms....

  • Newest Episode! WTF are quantum computers?
    September 28, 2016

    You’re using some sort of computer to read this now, but have you heard of quantum computing? Wade goes through the ins and outs of this new technology and Byrne compares the majesty of bird-song to the creepiness that is fish-song in our latest podcast episode here Also available in iTunes...

  • New Episode – Groping Trunks and Fisting Mouths, How Animals Communicate
    September 22, 2016

    In this instalment we discuss the many ways animals use different senses to communicate with each other. In other news, Indian frogs spotted having tantric sex. Also available on iTunes...

  • Latest Podcast Episode- ‘FFS Vaccinate!’
    September 21, 2016

    In Sci-gasm’s latest episode Byrne & Wade discuss new findings suggest life’s origins are probably older than we thought and Wade gets into the details of how vaccines work and why everyone should be vaccinated. You can also listen to us on iTunes

  • What’s in a Fart?
    August 26, 2016

    Everybody farts, and if people claim they never fart, tell them they should immediately see a doctor. Farting is amazingly individual with the average person farting somewhere between 10 and 25 times per day. The different smells are a result of the various chemical compositions of the gas “expulsion” and these chemical compositions are as […]...

  • New Sci-gasm podcast episode: The Dark Side of Science
    August 25, 2016

    In this episode: Scientists have discovered the longest living vertebrate and we welcome new additions to the Periodic Table. Byrne and Wade also look at the dark side of Science including Nazi scientists, grave robbers and the world’s worst inventor Thomas Midgley Jr… wait till you hear some of the shit this guy invented....

  • What are Scientific Laws and Theories, and is any more important than the other?
    August 22, 2016

    We discuss some of the (reasonable) questions asked on a recent post from our facebook page. See it here. What’s the difference between a law and a theory? Why Evolution a scientific theory?...

  • New Podcast Episode- In Defence of Geology
    August 17, 2016

    Think Geology is boring? In this episode, Byrne explains how geologists are happier, funnier and use better names than other scientists....

  • Podcast Episode 4- Black Holes now available for your listening pleasure
    August 5, 2016

    In this episode Wade and Byrne talk about how science communication might be letting you down and the hybridisation of wolves and coyotes. They also get into the science and meaning of black holes….. in space....

  • Link between Apollo Astronauts and dying from heart disease highlights what’s wrong with Science communication
    August 3, 2016

    As some of you may read recently, there was an article published by researchers that found that Apollo Lunar Astronauts show a higher cardiovascular disease mortality than their non-flight and lower earth orbit counterparts who did not travel beyond Earth’s magnetosphere. As science communicators it is our duty to accurately present information to the reader […]...

  • Devious Dung Beetles, Cunning Cuttlefish and Lady-boy Lizards; How Nature’s Geeks get the Girls
    July 28, 2016

    In a Simpsons episode, Homer declares to Marge “there are two kinds of people, jocks and nerds”; and remember the captain of the football team, the big buff guy most of the girls seemed to fancy. Then there’s the gym junkies who hit the town in tight shirts to show off their muscles in an […]...

  • Could the Pursuit for Life in the Solar System Lead to its Downfall on Earth?
    July 23, 2016

    The idea that Earth may be invaded by hostile extra-terrestrial beings has been a popular premise for many Science fiction writers for centuries. As we gather more information about our celestial neighbourhood we are finding that the existence of life outside of Earth is becoming more likely. So the question must be asked; how realistic […]...

  • Byrne and Wade’s cover of ‘Purple Haze’
    July 22, 2016

    When solid iodine is heated it turns straight into a gas. You would see something similar if you were heating Ice on Mars! Check it out!!!...

  • Sci-gasm on iTunes
    July 21, 2016

    You can now listen to every episode of Sci-gasm’s podcast series on iTunes....

  • New Podcast Episode- Sci-fi VS Sci-fact
    July 20, 2016

    In this episode Byrne & Wade discuss the accuracy of certain Sci-Fi classics when it comes to predicting technology and which superheroes have the most realistic powers. The guys also discuss what was so special about that had the censors (and the ladies) going crazy! Click here to listen...

  • Why can we see through glass but not walls?
    July 17, 2016

    Well actually you can’t ‘see’ through glass (sorry to be knit picky). What happens is the particles of light (these are call ‘photons’) are able to travel through certain materials and not others. In the case of glass, photons are able to travel through from the other side of the glass unimpeded to your eyes. […]...

  • What is a microclimate?
    July 12, 2016


  • Wade gets tested for macular degeneration
    July 12, 2016


  • Ban Caterpillars from restaurants, pubs and clubs! This caterpillar puffs out nicotine
    July 12, 2016

    Scientists have recently discovered that a caterpillar (named a Hornwarn Caterpillar) puffs out Nicotine to ward off wolf spiders! The caterpillar obtains the nicotine from tobacco plants that it consumes. Scientists had no idea that the caterpillars were using this specific defence mechanism until they observed wolf spiders preying on them. It is believed that […]...

  • Sci-gasm Vlog Playlist
    July 11, 2016


  • Some Wasps do WHAT! to caterpillars?
    July 7, 2016

    Wasps will often lay their eggs in a host. This host doesn’t just nourish the larvae, but in the caterpillar’s case, will actually protect the young larvae from predators in some sort of ‘hypnotic trance like’ state till it starves itself to death! Isn’t nature wonderful?...

  • Why do we love our children, cute animals and Mickey Mouse?
    July 7, 2016

    Have you ever asked yourself the question “What makes certain animals like babies and puppies ‘cute’ and others ‘not-so cute’?” the answer to this question is rooted in a bias perception that has been shaped via evolution. Yep. Evolution often dictates your emotions. Konrad Lorenz (when he wasn’t working as a Nazi psychologist) found that […]...

  • The most beautiful thing you will ever see!
    July 5, 2016

    Every memory you have of your childhood, your first crush, your parent’s face, is all thanks to this process in your brain. Below is a video of a mouse’s brain taken by scientists at the University of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Here’s how it works… Memories are made by messenger ribonucleic acids (mRNA) that encode the protein β-actin. […]...