Episode 183: Hope (to replace every tree with a chest freezer)

On this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn, Lauren, and Laura discuss scientific advances that give them hope for the future, and Gem issues a correction.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a podcast that explores the intersection of science and society.

The HIV Vaccine: NIH launches clinical trial of three mRNA HIV vaccines (National Institutes of Health (NIH)) | HIV Vaccines (HIV.gov) | Zidovudine (Wikipedia) | HIV vaccine development (Wikipedia) | HIV/AIDS (Wikipedia) | Retrovirus (Wikipedia) | Why Is It So Difficult to Find an HIV Cure? (American Gene Technologies) | Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines (CDC)

The Four Day Work Week: The 4-day workweek: How realistic is it really? (NPR) | The Workweek Revolution: a Solution to the Health Care Exodus (Clinical Advisor) | More Employers Are Trying a 4-Day Workweek and Finding Benefits (Business Insider) | Why the four-day working week is ‘doomed to fail’ (HRD Canada) | Can the four day work week save us? A look at the statistics (Fingerprint for Success)

The Moxie Experiment: NASA’s Moxie instrument successfully makes oxygen on Mars (The Guardian) | Small Device Currently on Mars Is Generating as Much Oxygen as a Tree, Scientists Reveal (Vice) | MOXIE experiment: NASA made enough oxygen on Mars to last an astronaut for 100 minutes (New Scientist) | MIT’s MOXIE experiment reliably produces oxygen on Mars (MIT News) | Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment (Wikipedia) | Mars Oxygen ISRU Experiment (MOXIE) – Preparing for human Mars exploration (Science Advances) | Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment: MOXIE (NASA)

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Episode 53: HIV/AIDS Denial

Episode 53: HIV/AIDS Denial

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn Noble, Laura Creek Newman, and Gem Newman discuss the pseudoscientific belief that AIDS is not caused by HIV. Also on this episode, Ashlyn interviews Susan Gerbic of the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: HIV/AIDS Denialism | Opportunistic Infection | Peter Duesberg | Thabo Mbeki | Koch’s Postulates | Matthias Rath: Steal This Chapter (from Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science) | Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia

Update (7 August 2014): The Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project has recently attracted some criticism from within the skeptical community for its use of private forums to conduct discussions, training, and the like, rather than making use of the open, transparent services (such as projects, sandboxes, and talk pages) already provided by Wikipedia for its editors. Rebecca of the Dublin Skeptics in the Pub discusses these issues on Skepchick here.

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