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  • Season 9 Episode 15: When the Uncertainty Principle goes to 11 with Professor Philip Moriarty
    August 16, 2018

    In this episode Byrne and Wade and special guest author/YouTuber/physicist Prof. Philip Moriarty get their spandex on to discuss his new book ‘When the Uncertainty Principle goes to 11’. The guys listen and try to keep up as Prof. Philip talks about the link between quantum mechanics and heavy metal music.  Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/When-Uncertainty-Principle-Goes-11-ebook/dp/B01MRCAPRP  Become […]...

  • Season 9 Episode 14: All Aboard the D-Train
    August 9, 2018

    In this episode Byrne and Wade take a look at the human penis (AKA Satan’s Serpent, The Lap Lizard, The Skin Flute, The Alabama Black Snake, etc.). The guys look at what the research says about the male penis regarding the size, what women prefer, if a male’s height and foot length are a good […]...

  • Season 9 Episode 13: Gambling- What are the odds?
    August 1, 2018

    In this episode Byrne and Wade take a look at some of the statistical smoke and mirrors of your chances of winning when gambling. The guys take the complex and deceptive and break it down into an easy to understand way. Spoiler Alert: The house always wins.Become a Patreon: www.patreon.com/scigasmpodcastWebsite: www.sci-gasm.com   Problem Gambling (Australia)- https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/topics/problem-gamblingNational Council on Problem […]...

  • Season 9 Episode 12: Your Questions Answered
    July 25, 2018

    In this episode Byrne & Wade answer your questions ranging from Quantum Mechanics, to Climate Change, and even questions about why Byrne shorter than the average Australian male. Become a Patreon: www.patreon.com/scigasmpodcastWebsite: www.sci-gasm.com ...

  • Season 9 Episode 11: Things we are “overdue” for
    July 18, 2018

    In this episode, Byrne and Wade discuss what cataclysmic events we are overdue for here on Earth and out in space. From Earthquakes, Pandemics, to Supernovae, the guys break down a number of misconceptions about what we are really ‘overdue’ for, and what that definition even means. Become a Patreon: www.patreon.com/scigasmpodcastWebsite: www.sci-gasm.com ...

  • Season 9 Episode 12: Wrapping your Head Around Concussions
    July 11, 2018

    There is a lot of attention in the NHL, NFL, Rugby League and Union as well as other sports about protecting athletes from concussion. But what is a concussion and why do we only care about it now? Wade and Byrne explore the what the Science says about concussion in sports....

  • Season 9 Episode 11: The Reality of Recycling
    July 4, 2018

    Everyone knows recycling is good for the planet! Then why does so much plastic end up as pollution in the ocean or as landfill? Byrne and Wade discuss the difficulties associated with getting people to recycle, encouraging the use of recycled materials and buying recycled goods. ...

  • Season 9 Episode 10: Unzipping Your Genes
    June 27, 2018

    In this episode Byrne and Wade discuss some of the fascinating ways that genes influence our lives. The guys delve into some of the common misconceptions about genetics, and some interesting (and nerdy) facts about these chemicals that play such a huge part in our, and our family’s health and wellbeing...

  • Season 9 Episode 9: The ‘Misconceptions’ about the ‘Misconception’ of Hunting
    June 20, 2018

    In this episode Byrne and Wade revisit the idea of hunting. Many people say that certain types of hunting can be beneficial for the environment and local communities, but is this the whole story? The guys look at the latest research from all over the World and find some things that may surprise you! Become […]...

  • Season 9 Episode 8: Why you love to hate Nickelback- What are the factors that shift public opinion
    June 13, 2018

    Love ’em or hate ’em, Nickelback are one of the most successful musical acts of the early 2000’s. Why then are they so hated? What can we learn from the publics hatred of Nickelback? What are some of the methods scientists employ in an attempt to monitor and predict extreme shifts in public opinion? Sit […]...

  • Season 9 Episode 7: From UFOs to Big Foot- Why people believe in conspiracy theories with Professor Kingsbury
    June 6, 2018

    In this episode Byrne & Wade talk to Professor Paul Kingsbury who spends much of his time investigating the paranormal and why people accept these events as true. The guys do their own investigations into why it is that there are so many groups throughout history and all over the world that accept these events […]...

  • Season 9 Episode 6: Don’t Touch Deez Nuts- The science behind food allergies
    May 30, 2018

    In this episode Byrne & Wade discuss food allergies and intolerances. The guys dive head first into the research and get to the bottom of what the scientists are actually saying about this medical condition that apparently affects millions of people and address the usual misconceptions along the way. Become a patreon of the show:https://www.patreon.com/Scigasmpodcast...

  • Season 9 Episode 5: What does the science say about aphrodisiacs
    May 23, 2018

    In this episode Byrne and Wade discuss whether or not aphrodisiacs are a real thing or just utter woo. They look at what the current research says about the chemical compounds found in certain ‘medicines’ and whether or not they’re worth while taking. Become a Patreon of the show:https://www.patreon.com/Scigasmpodcast ...

  • Season 9 Episode 4: Why You’re Not Dead Yet with Dr David Farmer
    May 16, 2018

    In this episode Byrne & Wade catch up with neuroscientist/comedian Dr David Farmer after his three sold out shows at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. The guys discuss the science behind what it is to be classified as ‘living’ and the biological mechanisms that are continaully working non-stop to keep us all alive ever second of […]...

  • Season 9 Episode 2: The Rise & Fall of the Dinosaurs with Dr Steve Brusatte
    May 2, 2018

    In this episode, Wade and Byrne chat with Paleontologist/Author Dr Steve Brusatte about his latest book ‘The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs’. Steve addresses many misconceptions we all have about dinosaurs. Steve leaves the guys dumbfounded by what we now know about these amazing creatures that ruled the Earth for millions of years. The […]...

  • Season 9 Episode 1: Nature vs Nurture
    April 25, 2018

    In this episode Byrne & Wade discuss the age old battle of nature vs nurture. They look at what the current literature states and draw on some strange (and real) examples that challenge many preconcieved notions many still have....

  • Season 8 Episode 13: The Questions You Wanted Answered
    April 18, 2018

    In this episode Byrne & Wade answer the questions you wanted answered. From the cancer risks from non-stick pans, the wetness of water, issues with nuclear fusion, the colour blue, and even their favourite dick joke. The guys go all out to find your answers even calling Byrne’s dad live on air for dick joke […]...

  • Season 8 Episode 12: Science of Aging – Part 2 – Silvering, Sagging and Seeing
    April 11, 2018

    In this 2nd part of the series Wade and Byrne look ath the Science behind some of the common effects of aging....

  • Sci-gasm will be hosting three Pint of Science dates in Sydney
    April 10, 2018

    Do you like Beer? Do you like Science? Perhaps you’d like to to have a beer (or cider) with us and talk Science? We’ll be hosting 3 nights of Pint of Science in Sydney on the following nights with a range of difference scientists from an array of scientific fields. Monday 14th of May @ […]...

  • Sci-gasm Podcast has been named as a finalist in the Australian Podcast of the Year
    April 8, 2018

    We’re proud to announce that we’re a finalist in the ‘Technology & Science’ category for the 2018 Australian Podcast of the Year Awards. ...

  • Season 8 Episode 11: Science of Aging – Part 1 – Chunking, Cracking and Cancer
    April 4, 2018

    Wade and Byrne look at what is happening to us as we age. Turns out it’s so weird and wonderful, we had to put it into two episodes. Here is the first part....

  • Season 8 Episode 10: The Greatest Scientists That Never Lived
    March 28, 2018

    This week Byrne takes us through his rigourous investigation about the best sceientists from the world of fiction. From crazy inventors to super-geniuses, explore the scientists that some of the best stories and series have produced, if only they were real! Tell us who your favourite fictitious scientist is in the comments or you can […]...

  • Regarding Wade’s Comments on our Stephen Hawking Episode
    March 23, 2018

    Hello everyone, We’ve received some feedback regarding our latest episode and my (Wade’s) comments regarding my incorrect recollection of the latest Skeptics Guide to the Universe Episode Episode #662. Firstly, my apologies to the listeners for misquoting Cara’s story, and my apologies to Cara (who has been a huge help to our show, and is […]...

  • Season 8 Episode 9: A Tribute to Stephen Hawking
    March 21, 2018

    The most famous scientist of our time and hero to both Byrne and Wade, Stephen Hawking, has passed away. Sci-gasm delves into the big discoveries that made him a truly great scientists as well as the unfortunate disease that made him so recognisable the world over. Thank you Professor Hawking for your contributions, may you rest […]...

  • Season 8 Episode 8: No Offence Intended
    March 14, 2018

    Wade and Byrne, shocked by some reactions to recent posts, decide to delve into the Science of what it means to be offended. What does it mean to be offensive? Why are people offended in the first place? What does comedy have to do with being offensive? All of these questions and more answered by your two […]...

  • Season 8 Episode 7: The Game of Numbers with Adam Spencer
    March 7, 2018

    Comedian, TV host and ‘mathemagician’ Adam Spencer joins Wade and Byrne to discuss all things maths as well as his latest book “The Number Games”. They also talk sports, furniture removal and mathematic’s role in the future of our society. ...

  • Season 8 Episode 6: What’s the Deal with Atheism? with David Silverman
    February 28, 2018

    In this episode Byrne & Wade speak with activitst and head of the American Atheists- David Silverman. The guys discuss range of issues, such as whether or not atheism is turning into a form of religion, and why he feels so strongly, and devotes so much effort, into promoting secularism....

  • Season 8 Episode 5: How Intelligent is Artificial Intelligence?
    February 21, 2018

    Wade looks at what the experts think about AI, when it has gone wrong and how it can become mainstream in our society. Byrne sits down for a chat with an artificial intelligence to get an insight into the future of AI straight from the source....

  • Season 8 Episode 4: How does Science Fiction Help Shape Our Future with Robert J. Sawyer
    February 14, 2018

    In this episode Byrne & Wade are joined by multiple award winning science fiction writer and futurist Robert J. Sawyer. The guys discuss Robert’s latest book ‘Quantum Night’, how he draws inspiration from science, and how both science fiction & scientific research go hand-in-hand in shaping the world of tomorrow. Become a Patreon of Sci-gasm […]...

  • Season 8 Episode 3: Understanding the Human Brain with Dr Jens Foell
    February 7, 2018

    In this episode Byrne & Wade are joined by neuropsychologist Dr Jens Foell. The guys discuss Dr Foell’s work with phantom limbs, if the brain can be analysed to help identify those who might harm or otherwise engage in anti-social acts, and if we’ll ever be able to control the movements other humans by brain […]...

  • Season 8 Episode 2: Are Shark Nets Worth it?
    January 31, 2018

    In this episode Byrne and Wade discuss shark nets and their effectiveness, according to the current research. The guys discuss what shark nets actually are, if they help save lives, and their environmental impact. Become a Patreon!https://www.patreon.com/Scigasmpodcast      ...

  • Season 8 Episode 1: Science’s Greatest Journeys
    January 24, 2018

    In this episode Byrne welcomes Wade back from his travels with a tale or the greatest journeys in Science, and tries a new way to make money to help fund the podcast. The guys discuss Darwin’s journey on the The HMS Beagle, Sir Douglas Mawson’s trip to Antartica, and NASA’s Apollo 11 mission to the […]...

  • Season 7 Episode 12: Sci-gasm’s 2017 Snippets
    January 17, 2018

    Sci-gasm revisits some of the stuff covered in 2017. Listen back to a few of the interesting topics and fascinating people from the show and have a laugh with Wade and Byrne as they show you the funny side of Science.  Thanks to all our listeners who inspire us to continually improve the quality of the entertainment and information […]...

  • Season 7 Episode 11: You Were Wrong About Quantum with Dr Chris Ferrie
    January 10, 2018

    Dr Chris Ferrie joins Wade and Byrne for a second time addressing more of the most common misconnecptions to do with quantum. In this episode they address quantum healing, quantum computers and quantum entanglement and in what is very typical with quantum, you are probably wrong about all of them....

  • Season 7 Episode 10: Checking in on the Fact Checkers
    January 3, 2018

    How many facts can a fact check check when a fact check can check facts? Wade and Byrne talk to Matt Martino from the RMIT ABC Fact Check to find out how professional fact checkers seek out the truth and how they ensure accuracy when communicating to the public. They also ask who is the most […]...

  • Season 7 Episode 9: The Complications of Conservation
    December 27, 2017

    Could hunting actually help save animal lives? Can zoos stop extinction in its tracks? Does the money you send to conservation organisations actually enhance biodiversity? Byrne explains to Wade how conserving the environment can actually be a more complicated science than most people realise....

  • Season 7 Episode 8: Busting Parenting Myths with Sci-gasm and a Science Mom
    December 20, 2017

    Many new parents are concerned about how to ensure their bundle of joy stays happy and healthy, but sometimes misinformation can lead parents to do strange things in the name of looking after their child. Wade and Byrne science some of the woo found online in mother’s pages and Nat Newell comes on to talk […]...

  • Season 7 Episode 7: What are Gravitational Waves with Professor Lewis
    December 13, 2017

    In this episode Byrne & Wade catch up with their favourite astrophysicist Professor Geraint Lewis to discuss one of the biggest advancements in Astronomy- the detection of gravitational waves. Professor Lewis answers the guys’ questions on the who, what, where, when, and how regarding these latest discoveries gravitational waves. Become a Patreon of the show […]...

  • Season 7 Episode 6: You’re Not as Good as You Think You Are
    December 6, 2017

    In this episode Byrne & Wade discuss how everyone has their own biases. The guys chat about why we do this, things to look out for, and how even scientists and skeptics fall into this trap too! Wade also explains what the the research suggests is the  best way to change someone’s mind. Become a […]...

  • Season 7 Episode 5: Tales From the Grave with author, embalmer & funeral director Caleb Wilde
    November 29, 2017

    In this episode Wade & Byrne discuss with author, embalmer and funeral director Caleb Wilde about what happens to a body after it dies. The guys discuss the embalming process and how one goes about ‘preparing’ a body, as well as some complications that may occur.  ...

  • Season 7 Episode 4: Skepticon 2017 LIVE with Cara Santa Maria
    November 22, 2017

    In this episode Byrne and Wade are live at Skepticon 2017 with Cara Santa Maria. The panel discuss when skepticism can become denialism, how the digital age has changed the way we interpret the news and all the usual laughs and jokes along the way. Become a Patreon of the show and receive a whole […]...

  • EARLY ACCESS: Skepticon 2017 UNCUT
    November 20, 2017

    Hey everybody,We thought we would put this up as an uncut version of the live show with extra content....

  • Season 7 Episode 3: Science, Comedy, and Penis Jokes with Robin Ince
    November 12, 2017

    Byrne & Wade catch up with the faster, smarter more evolved co-host of the Infinite Monkey Cage- Robin Ince. The discuss the possibilty of Professor Brian Cox being a reptile, the importance of comedy and science, and the penis trade....

  • Season 7 Episode 2: Quantum Computing for Babies with physicist & author Dr Chris Ferrie
    November 2, 2017

    In this episode, Byrne and Wade meet with quantum physicist and children’s book author Dr Chris Ferrie. The guys discuss how one goes about writing a kid’s book on such complex issues, and many of the misconceptions that the public have about quantum mechanics and quantum computing. ...

  • Season 7 Episode 1: Karl, The Universe and Sci-gasm
    November 1, 2017

    In this episode, Dr Karl takes Byrne and Wade on a journey of Science like only Dr Karl knows how. They explore the stories and ideas from his new book “Karl, The Universe and Everything”, from fooling Nazis with Science to the challenges we face in the modern world. Hold on as the guys jump all over […]...

  • The age of information pushes us to ignorance, but it doesn’t have to.
    October 31, 2017

    The age of information pushes us to ignorance, but it doesn’t have to...

  • Season 6 Episode 15: Evolutionary Arms Races
    October 24, 2017

    In this episode Byrne and Wade discuss the never ending battle of living things to get one up on the opposition. The guys discuss examples of where you can see this happening in the wild and what this never ending battle has affecting the evolution of not just wild animals, but us as humans. From […]...

  • EARLY ACCESS: The Science of Horror Films (with Matt Passmore from Saw: Jigsaw)
    October 11, 2017

    Become a Patron by clicking the ‘Be A Patron’ button.Or go to: https://www.patreon.com/Scigasmpodcast ...

  • Season 6 Episode 13: Quantum Biology
    October 11, 2017

    In this episode Byrne & Wade put their troubles aside and discuss the interelatedness of two fields; Quantum Mechanics and Biological Science. The guys discuss just how quantum mechanics underpins how certain plants and animals behave. Become a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Scigasmpodcast...

  • We Should be Teaching a Fourth ‘R’- Rationality
    October 4, 2017

    The three R’s reading, writing, and arithmetic are the foundations of a basic skills-oriented education program in most educational facilities. However, in an age where almost everyone has instant access to incredible amounts of information it can be just as easy to be overwhelmed by it or as it is affectionately known, ‘information overload’. This […]...

  • Season 6 Episode 12: Chemikillz
    October 4, 2017

    In this episode, Wade & Byrne discuss a spectrum of chemicals that are of concern by certain groups. From the harmless- to the outright dangerous, the guys take a look a number of misconceptions that many in our society have regarding the dangers of certain chemicals. Become a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Scigasmpodcast...

  • Season 6 Episode 11: What Does the Research Say About Same Sex Marriage?
    September 27, 2017

    In this episode Byrne & Wade discuss the research behind same sex marriage. The guys break down common misconceptions by looking at the what the literature says in regards to how/if same sex marriage influences one’s ability to raise children, maintain good mental health and live a happy life. Become a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Scigasmpodcast...

  • Season 6 Episode 10: Dogs VS Cats
    September 20, 2017

    In this episode Byrne tries to convince Wade why even Science says he should purchase a dog instead of a cat. The guys discuss the history of mankind’s love of these animals, and other benefits (and disadvantages) of this relationship. Become a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Scigasmpodcast ...

  • Season 6 Episode 9: Things You Never Bothered to Question
    September 13, 2017

    In this episode Byrne & Wade address old wive’s tales that we as a society have just accepted as true. From shaving, sugar rushes, fatty foods causing acne, to even cracking your knuckles- the guys look at what the current research says about these misconceptions we’ve never bothered to questions. Become a Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Scigasmpodcast   […]...

  • Season 6 Episode 8: The Science Behind Fetish & Kink
    September 6, 2017

    Get your ball-gag and whips ready… In this week’s episode Byrne & Wade talk about the Science behind fetish & kink. Why do people have fetishes? Is it genetic, or is it a product of their experiences? What are the most common fetishes? And how do we collect data on something that nobody wants to […]...

  • Season 6 Episode 7: How Does Music Affect Your Brain?
    August 30, 2017

    In this episode Wade learns that Byrne has some deep dark secrets that is only brought out with the help of music. The guys also discuss what current research has revealed about how music impacts our brain’s pleasure and reward centers, and how music could be an affordable and effective way to assist the language […]...

  • Season 6 Episode 6: Your Poo & You
    August 22, 2017

    In this shitty episode, Byrne and Wade discuss the Science of poo. The guys talk about how your stool can tell a lot about a your diet, health, and how exactly scientists go about measuring it and what one might look for in a good poo. They also discuss how further research into shit may […]...

  • Season 6 Episode 5: Gettin’ Down with Cara Santa Maria
    August 22, 2017

    In this episode Byrne and Wade chat with the awesome Talk Nerdy host Cara Santa Maria. The three discuss everything; from her battle with mental illness and how her training in psychology has assisted her understanding of the condition, to what it’s like to be a part of skepticism royalty as the new member of […]...

  • Season 6 Episode 4: Science & Faith Part I
    August 8, 2017

    Science & Faith Part I w/ Vatican Astronomer/ String Theorist/ Priest Fr. Gabriele Gionti iTunes: https://goo.gl/nicvGG SoundCloud: https://goo.gl/9FH2x5...

  • Season 6 Episode 4: Science & Faith Part I with Vatican Astronomer Father Gabriele Gionti
    July 27, 2017

    This is the first of a two part where Byrne and Wade ask a series of questions to two Physicists about how their research into the workings of the Universe have influenced their belief, or lack thereof, in a god. In this episode the guys are joined by Vatican Astronomer/String Theorist Farther Dr. Gabriele Gionti....

  • Season 6 Episode 4: Science & Faith Part II with Professor Geraint Lewis
    July 27, 2017

    This is the second of a two part where Byrne and Wade ask a series of questions to two Physicists about how their research into the workings of the Universe have influenced their belief, or lack thereof, in a god. In this episode the guys are joined by Astrophysicist and author Professor Geraint Lewis....

  • Season 6 Episode 3: A Tale of Two Herpes
    July 26, 2017

    In this episode Wade discusses with Byrne about how mankind’s inability to do what we have always dreamed, has resulted in the evolution of the Herpes Virus HSV1 & HSV2. The guys also discuss why our dirty habits are allowing them to cross over....

  • Season 6 Episode 3: A Tale of Two Herpes
    July 24, 2017

    In this episode Wade discusses with Byrne about how mankind’s inability to do what we have always dreamed, has resulted in the evolution of the Herpes Virus HSV1 & HSV2. The guys also discuss why our dirty habits are allowing them to cross over....

  • Sci-gasm Answers your Questions
    July 21, 2017

    From communism to cancer to Einstein’s performance in the bedroom. Byrne and Wade try to answer some questions sent in from our followers. How did we do? Leave a comment and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share your ideas and ask more questions!...

  • Season 6: Episode 2- Can We Still Trust Science? with Professor Brian Nosek
    July 18, 2017

    Byrne freaks out as he learns of a psychology paper that found less than 40% of psych studies can actually have their results repeated. Byrne begins to question the scientific method as well as his motives for creating a science podcast. In an attempt to help Byrne with his existential crisis, Wade decides to organise […]...

  • 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 […]...

  • Season 6: Episode 1- Being Highly Logical with the Logical Libertarian
    July 7, 2017

    In this episode Byrne and Wade put on their Spock ears and talk to the blogger and social media warrior the ‘Logical Libertarian’ about how one can be rational and skeptical with no formal Scientific training....

  • A Bunch of Enthusiasts have a Sci-gasm: A Chat with The Science Enthusiast Podcast
    July 6, 2017

    Byrne & Wade have a Google Hangout with Nat & Dan from The Science Enthusiasts Podcast and discuss everything from Ken Ham to the Paris Agreement and why you shouldn’t listen to certain celebrities telling you to put things in your Vagina....

  • 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 14 – From Fission Bombs to Fukushima: How Dangerous is Nuclear Power?
    July 4, 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....

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

    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....

  • Season 5 Episode 12: It’s About Time
    June 22, 2017

    In this episode Wade talks to Byrne about the concept of time. What is time? Does it have a beginning? How do we know it exists? Is it the same everywhere in the Universe? Why did Einstein want to bang his cousin? Is Byrne married to his sister? All these questions and more are answered […]...

  • Season 5 Episode 11: Why Do We Dream When We Sleep?
    June 14, 2017

    In this episode Byrne opens up the dream journal as he tells Wade what dreams are, why some scientists believe we have them, and how they help us understand the workings of the human brain....

  • A Message to Science Deniers
    June 13, 2017

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

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  • Season 5 Episode 10: Funny Science F#!k Ups
    June 7, 2017

    In this episode Byrne & Wade discuss the times when Science has hilariously fu#!ked up. From NASA “losing” a Mars probe because of a failed unit conversion to the metric system, to the misdiagnosis of women that would eventually lead the to the invention of the vibrator- the guys don’t hold back....

  • Lawrence Krauss on Science Education
    June 4, 2017

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  • Season 5 Episode 9 – Having a Beer with Lawrence Krauss
    May 31, 2017

    Wade and Byrne are joined by the one and only Lawrence Krauss. He discusses his new book as well as the inflationary theory of the Universe, Science education in the modern world and Star Trek captains, all over a cold one! Get lost in his voice, just like we did…...

  • 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 8: The Scienterrific Method
    May 23, 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....

  • 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...

  • Season 5 Episode 7 – How to be Very Nice with Veritasium
    May 17, 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 […]...

  • Season 5 Episode 6: Climate Models: Sexy Science or Heated Hogwash
    May 11, 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....

  • 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 5: Phobias – Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Sex Robot
    May 3, 2017

    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 Robots? Byrne and […]...

  • 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: https://goo.gl/nicvGG SoundCloud: https://goo.gl/vVxKXb...

  • 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: https://goo.gl/Nyi2P1 iTunes: https://goo.gl/QtA5HK...

  • 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: https://goo.gl/DTLJx4 iTunes: https://goo.gl/knL5ao...

  • 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: https://goo.gl/UEjbYa Soundcloud: https://goo.gl/18o5EG...

  • 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: https://goo.gl/R2gRMn iTunes: https://goo.gl/NgyJNM...

  • WORMHOLES, DARK MATTER & THE DEATH OF THE UNIVERSE with Professor Geraint Lewis
    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 […]...

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    November 4, 2016

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  • 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 https://goo.gl/OQaZ75...

  • 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

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  • Wade gets tested for macular degeneration
    July 12, 2016

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  • 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 […]...

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    July 11, 2016

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  • 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. […]...