Episode 31 – Castle Skeprechaun

Sorry the show notes are so late.. Life got hectic..

On this show we talked about Robert Boyle, the founder of the Royal Society for Science. His early experiments included one with a bird.. and an air pump..

The catholic church starts airing it’s views (again) on Marriage Equality & the First Communion.

Finn & Rebecca fondly remember the Usborne book “The Facts of Life

Rebecca wants you all to know it’s important to remain alkaline and to use cider vinegar.. or something..



Episode 30 – Return of the Son of the Bride of the Skeprechauns (Short Version)

Airdate 17 September 2012.

Episode 29 – Night of the Living Skeprechauns

Airdate 04 September 2012. Rebecca had a bad day… and then started raving about Macs and urinary tract references… We take a moment to ignore all the reproductive madness in the US of A and a more important moment to remember Neil Armstrong. Finn pays tribute to Neil on her own blog. Helen Keen’s “It IS Rocket Science”. The girls like dinosaurs, space and prehistoric flying mammals! Sun is like *super* round. Quick review of Total Recall – one or two minor spoilers? Talk of mummies and tattoos! With a diversion into bog body discussions. Daily Mail reports on Neanderthals speaking. More Autism bull… and see it properly debunked. Science is Delicious tasty tasty recipes. Make Shop in Dublin. Dublin Skeptics in the Pub Facebook group. 1000 influential women speakers (me & Rebecca made the cut… we will speak for food). MSc in Science Communication or a Diploma in Holistic Therapies? Listen to SWAK for the 411 on homeopathy.

Episode 28 – Attack of the Giant Skeprechauns

Airdate 15 August 2012. Welcome to our new home.. This week Finn discussed how research for her application for a Masters in Science Communication lead her to find out things about former constellations (Oh Flamingo.. we hardly knew ye). Which led to Rebecca discussing the naming madness in minerals and stratigraphy… Finn WILL NEVER get a pop culture reference. Rebecca should just stop trying. And yes Bex does know it’s Professor Farnsworth not Professor Frink. The girls start talking about the Mars Rover and Rebecca derails the conversation into Star Trek… and then we get back to Mars. Guardian Science podcast on Mars adventures. We talk meteor showers and spotted slugs. What’s going on in the South Pacific?? GIANT rafts of pumice is what’s going on! No really… From big pumice to big corn. We talk Religion and Ireland… Ken Ham in Belfast from belfastskeptics.com. And Jesus appears in a tree stump. We reference the latest shitstorm. Basically everyone should listen to Mick Nugent. And one more reference to 50 Shades of Grey with some spoilers!

Episode 27 – The Dark Skeprechaun Rises

Airdate 26 July 2012. We gave a shout out to the Dick Turpin Road Show at the start of the show and then we totally geek out about ESOF2012, starting off with the amazing lady who is J.Bell Burnell. The quality of the speakers was superb with people from Jules Hoffman’s talk on immunology to a panel on exoplanets. Mary Robinson and Climate Justice, myths about nuclear power, smoking and GMO with a GMO tangent, oh my! The future archeology of radioactive waste and delicious food chemistry! including note by note food. Science meets art, artefacts and museums. We got to meet up with more Irish bloggers and also met some science journalists, and we talked about the science communication conundrum… Finn also made it to an early morning panel on the science of probiotics, which was kind of interesting. Also… the ultimate science communication physics job in Ireland and a new blogger The Altagonist. And then we talked about that rat jellyfish before we weigh in on the America versus Europe skeptic debate. The girls say “Fascinating” and “Interesting” a lot!

Episode 26 – 50 Shades of Skeprechaun

Airdate 11 July 2012. In this podcast Rebecca gives us her opinion on the Giant’s Causeway and creationist controversy and reluctantly Finn agrees (after further thought finn definitely agrees.. just is sad that people still believe the earth is only 6k years old).. Ireland’s enduring long lasting irishshadesofgrey (will the sun ever shine again??)  but for those of you lucky enough to have that hydrogen explosion in the sky have you heard about sunscreen in pill form.. but no really? Finn makes English good (using perfectly cromulent words) whilst talking about ESOF and the weather Climate Scienctologists are a very different thing I would imagine! Finn claims unnamed bishop blames weather on gay marriage…(**I’m sure I read that online.. but now can’t find it.. so maybe my brain merged two stories together.. I don’t know..) We making passing reference to the Higgs, Rebecca remains confused and skeptical of “Comic Cerns” (it’s the way of the Future man.. the way of the future). Finn schools all yous out there on good presentation skills! (you do not need to fill up EVERY white space with text).. We just go onto basically brag about the awesome talks we are looking forward to over the next week (check out the program).. There’s this epically awesome convention in Minneapolis called CONvergence.. one of the founders has a new podcast out called “Geeks without God” – The first episode is about prometheus. Our next skeptical event: Martin Robins at Skeptics in the Exchange Dublin Science in the city which includes: Pop-up cinema, Lighthouse cinema, Alchemist Cafe, Mathsjam, Maker Fair, Science on the street, Ingenious Ireland and TOG all get on board with Science in the City Listen to Skeptics with a K for a fantastic piece on the slow self-inflicted death of homoeopathy Finn has decided that she has not enough things on her plate and is compiling a SkeptiCalendar of european events. More countries to be added soon (there are SO MANY European countries now). Also you have homework.. Go leave us a review on iTunes (or your portal of choice).. and if you are feeling very generous please donate a euro or two.. We will use it in a responsible skeptical manner.

Episode 25 – Skeprechauns Assemble

Airdate 29 June 2012. (Sorry for the delay in putting this up this guys – the girls have become just too popular and you’ve been burning through our bandwidth like no-one’s business, so had to wait for our next billing cycle! Greg) And the show notes are even later.. There was Mammoths, Youth Defence (and THOSE ads), Psychics (and Will Smith), Catholic Con, Funerals and donating your body to science. 101 things Irish parents say. Oh and in case you didn’t know… The Euro Science Open Forum is coming up… Yay!

Episode 24 – Brain of the Skeprechauns

Airdate 08 June 2012. Another fortnight, another podcast… In this one we talk about crowd-sourcing science again (thank you Gordon), and Finn gets rather taken by a study on vampire bats (not showing her gothy roots AT ALL). We’re going to the EuroScience Open Forum… It’s so very exciting. We talk upcoming events, Scientology, body ownership and confessions of a former healthfood shop worker… The CDC confirm there is no Zombie outbreak, confirming that coincidence is indeed just coincidence. We also talk about the kerfuffle in US Skepticism at the moment… it makes us sad.

Episode 23 – Skeprechauns in Space

Airdate May 2012. We’re Back! Yay… Did you miss us? We missed you! Here’s what’s in this week’s podcast: The Catholic Church (and the Church of Ireland!) are doing their best to drive people away from their religion. We also talked about David Robert Grimes’ article about the (non)evils of militant secularism… or something… We also wax lyrical about confirmation and communion in Irish schools. Rebecca’s neighbours were playing some incredibly LOUD music, so sorry for the backing track.. We check out Ingenious Ireland’s Science Map of Ireland… which features links about oldest footsteps and early work on seismic science. On the back of this we discover that Birr (in Offaly) is to get a new radio telescope – to join the older Rosse Telescope (or the Leviathan!) Finn gets VERY EXCITED about the idea of the building of an actual USS Enterprise? Rebecca is skeptical… (**side note.. I really do think a science bond is a REALLY GOOD IDEA) There’s a new bridge in Dublin and a petition to name to new bridge after Ireland’s Nobel Winner in Physics, ETS Walton. Did you know that www.science140.org is looking for 140 character tweets about science?! Sadly there is a measles outbreak in Cork, HSE encourages vaccination for all. Finn takes no pleasure in letting people know the symptoms. In good skeptic news, Skechers Shape-ups fall foul of advertising standards to the tune of $40 million!