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Show Notes for Episode 127

Posted by Don McLenaghen on August 9, 2011

It’s the Friending Pharma edition of Radio Free Thinker

Download the Episode here!

Song: Why can’t we be friend by War

Banter about Fusioneers and the people who both created WORKING fusion reactors and those who failed to create fission reactors IN THEIR HOME!


Why oh why, wifi May?

Those who keep tabs on politics know that there was a historical first last election. Canada finally elected its first Green Party member. There was hope that a more enlightened voice would not be heard on Parliament hill…sadly, in a recent tweetisode, Elizabeth May voiced her concerns over “Electromagnetic frequencies”. Here what we have to say about her and her comments

Big Pharma wants to ‘friend’ you

Big pharma is using social media to market directly to customers (ie patients). Resent reports raise concerns about the lack of regulations and enforcement of safety and ethical standars. Guess where we come down on this issue?

Federal scientist unfairly silenced.

A spirited discussion about the role of scientist to promote their work in the popular press and the governments attempts to ‘restrict’ that role. Here Don take on Jenna and Daniel as he supports freedom of information. Note, this debate got cut short with Don ending with a ‘straw-man’ claim, read the upcoming blog where the end of the debate can be heard.

Interview with Jennifer Ouellette
Jennifer Ouellette is a recovering English major who stumbled into science writing as a struggling freelance writer in New York City and found it was the perfect career for her. She has been avidly exploring her inner geek ever since. Now based in Los Angeles, California, she is the author of three popular science books for the general public: The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse (August 31, 2010), The Physics of the Buffyverse (2007), and Black Bodies and Quantum Cats: Tales from the Annals of Physics (2006), all published by Penguin.

Jennifer’s work has appeared in the Washington Post, Discover, Salon, Nature, Physics Today, Symmetry, Physics World, and New Scientist, among other venues. She maintains a general science-and-culture group blog called Cocktail Party Physics, featuring her avatar altar-ego/evil twin, Jen-Luc Piquant, and also blogs about physics and space science for Discovery News.

Skeptic Highlights

Cave of Forgotten Dreams – a documentary by Werner Herzog, exploring the Chauvet caves of Southern France, where the oldest forms of cave paintings exist.

Dinosaurs for the Summer

We all know that global climate change will likely elevate the earth’s temperature by 3-10 degrees. Wonder what the world will look like? Well history has already run that experiment once before during the age of dinosaurs. You can check what that might have looked like by heading down to Science World for their Dinosaur Extreme exhibit. Get a look at what life was link in the dinosaurian past.

While there check out the air conditioned theater and see Dinosaurs Alive! A the OmniMax theater daily at noon and 2pm. $5:50.


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