Thursday, 27 December 2012

Yeah Science - 21/11/2012 - Orgasms in an MRI

The second of the Yeah Sessions, Yeah Science, was held on the 21st of November, at the wonderful Surry Hills bar / restaurant Yullis.

The fourth talk has been uploaded onto the tubes - it was about orgasms as seen by an 'MRI' - a magnetic resonance imaging scanner, and the potential benefits this research can bring to women who have had their senses revoked due to spinal cord injuries. Clicky here to watch on said tubes, or simply direct your eyeballs towards the embedded video.

The talk was delivered by Penelope Clayson - Penny is an aficionado human behaviour, the human brain and photos of Tom Hanks.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Yeah Science - 21/11/2012 - The Loudness Wars

Hello my dear sensory receptors,

The second of the Yeah Sessions, Yeah Science, was held on the 21st of November, at the wonderful Surry Hills bar / restaurant Yullis.

Talk #3 from Yeah science has been edited and uploaded - Andrew Edgson gave this talk,about the steady increase in volume, and consequent decrease in 'dynamic range' in the mastering process of commercial music. Click here to watch the video on youtube, or cast your percept upon the embedded video below.

Andrew 'Eggy' Edgson is a mastering engineer at studios 301, and has worked with very fancy artists such as Mark Ronson and Art vs Science.

Check out his biography and discography on the 301 website.

And hear Andrew talking to ABC Radio National about the return of the Cassette tape here.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Yeah Science - 21/11/2012 - Johannes Kepler

Hello my sentient friends,

The second of the Yeah Sessions, Yeah Science, was held on the 21st of November, at the wonderful Surry Hills bar / restaurant Yullis.

Talk number two was delivered by Sophie Maltabrow, and was about the amazing life and discoveries of Johannes Kepler, a man whose religious philosophies drove many of his scientific discoveries. Enjoy the embeddedness of the video below, or have a click on here to watch it on youtube.

Sophie works in law, and studied at Sydney University. She loves thing that are Russian, and appreciates Kepler's well-presented beard.

Enjoy, friends!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Yeah Science - 21/11/2012 - Morality Without God

Hello humans,

The second of the Yeah Sessions, Yeah Science, was held on the 21st of November, at the wonderful Surry Hills bar / restaurant Yullis.

The first talk was a fascinating look into the concept of a naturally occurring moral intuition in human beings - morality without mystical, metaphysical or supernatural intervention. Have a looky at the embedded video below, or have a clicky here to watch the video on the Youtubules.

Tim Dean is an established science journalist, and editor of the Australian Life Scientist Magazine.

He is completing a PhD in philosophy at UNSW, researching the evolution of morality.

Check out his blog here

And read his fantastic articles on ABC's The Drum, here

Meanwhile, stay moral, science-friends.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Yeah Science - November 21st @ Yulli's

Hello sciencey friends,

It's not long until the second of the Yeah Sessions - 'Yeah Science'. We're both extremely happy to report that the first Yeah Science was a big success - there were bees, there was tequila, and there was dancing (at least, it was mentioned). There were herring gulls, and there was mildly cognisant, but occasionaly irrational mould.

We've acquired a splendid myriad of topics for you to feast upon, for Yeah Science November. In no particular order:

- Are sharks humble creatures who just want friends, hugs and lols? Are they the douchebags of the ocean? Do we have a scientifically valid reason to tremble with fear at the thought of dipping our toes into the ocean?

- The daunting topic of female sexuality, and specifically, the orgasm response, will be explored from a neuroscientific perspective.

- Johannes Kepler was a German mathematician and an astronomer. His beard was significantly better than yours, and you can hear about his exploits, and his vast contribution to science.

- Morality: it helps us decide how to divide our Kit-Kats between our peers. There's plenty of contention around the source of our morality. Induced by God? Sourced from nature? We'll explore the question from a scientific perspective.

- Sound. It warns us of predators, it enables communication, and it gives us the music of Mozart, Radiohead and Justin Bieber. But how does it work? Join us to find out.

The speakers, in no particular order:

- Tim Dean
- Jonathan Dawes
- Penelope Clayson
- Sophie Maltabrow
- Andrew Edgson

The venue is the fantastic vegetarian restaurant Yullis - for directions from Central station, looky below. The beers are delicious, the food is tasty and the wine is velvety.

It's about 8.2 minutes walk from Central station.

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You should come. It will be fun, and there will be unjustified profanity.

K & K

Monday, 15 October 2012

Yeah Science - 03/10/2012 - The Decline of the Honeybee

Hello hominids, 

The last of the five talks of Yeah Science on October 3rd 2012, was delivered by James Hazelton - a blistering expose on the sordid habits of the honey bee. From interpretive dance to oddly tempting bee-beards, the decline of their numbers worldwide is a concern for us all. 

You can watch them on the internet tubes by doing a Clicky Here (Part one and Part two). Alternatively, loosen your neck posture and consequently cast your gaze below to the two embedded videos:

Part one

Part two

James Hazelton works as an Operations Centre engineer at a wind energy company, and engages in research in Solar PV at UNSW's School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering. He loves things that are rad, and dislikes low ceilings. 

Friday, 12 October 2012

Yeah Science - 03/10/2012 - Slime Mould

Hello kittens, 

The fourth talk from the very first of the Yeah Sessions, 'Yeah Science', was delivered by the wondrous Alice Gentle, concerned about the maniacal and Machiavellian potentials of Slime Mould, an oddly intelligent form of Mycetozoan. Her talk has been edited, and is now available by doing clicky here, or by directing your biologically exorbitant  visual input devices towards the embedded video below. 

Alice Gentle works in public health. She is extremely fond of all sentient amoebozoa, and has a keen interest in dolphin behaviour. 

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Yeah Science - 03/10/2012 - Some Lovely Pictures

Hello soldiers, 

Here are a few dainty photos, taken at the first of the Yeah Sessions, 'Yeah Science'. We've got more videos coming soon. They're going to be splendid, but in the mean time, let your primary visual cortex greedily consume the below pictures. 

Yeah Science - 03/10/2012 - The Tequila is Now Diamonds

Hello Meerkats, 

The third talk given at Yeah Science, held on the 3rd of October 2012, is now online, and eagerly awaiting the arrival of your firm yet enthusiastic gaze. Clicky here to view on the tubes, or simply hurl your ocular intent at the embedded video below. 

The talk was given by Damon Carrad, physics PhD Student at UNSW and presumed future Nobel prize winner. Damon is studying "Transport in semiconductor nanowires and nanowire-based devices", and absolves himself of any responsibility, should his creations become self-aware and attempt to take control of Earth. 

Damon is the recipient of the The R M Gascoigne Prize for the best performance in a 2nd or 3rd year level course offered by the School of History and Philosophy of Science. He is also the recipient of the F Zappa award for excellence in boss guitar skills

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Yeah Science - 03/10/2012 - Neuroaesthetics

Hello greyhounds, 

Video number two from the first of the Yeah Sessions (Yeah Science) is now edited, and up on the Youtube. To watch on youtube, Clicky Here or direct your peepers towards the video embedded below. 

The speaker was Ryan Mitchell Wittingslow, a PhD student at Sydney University. Check out his academic profile here, read some of delectable writing here, and get in touch with Ryan via his Twitter feed. 

Monday, 8 October 2012

Yeah Science - 03/10/2012 - The Dancing Plagues of 1518

Hello peanuts, 

The first of the Yeah Sessions was held on 03/10/2012, in our apartment. The speakers were splendid, and the audience was splendid. We've finished cutting together the first of the videos, it's embedded below, or you can clicky here to watch it on the youtubes. 

Many thanks go to Alice and Pawl for lending us their cameras. The remaining four shall come soon, I promise. 

Lots of love,

Yeah Science - 03/10/2012

Hello lovelies, 

We're are currently churning through the video editing process, but we'll post them up here as we complete them. We'll post some lovely pictures here, also. 

It's going to be splendid. 

Lots of love,