13 April 2014

LUEE Episode 78: Cosmetics

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn Noble discusses some of the marketing claims made for certain cosmetics with Laura Creek Newman and Lauren Bailey.

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: Benefit of a topical slimming cream in conjunction with dietary advice | Adipoless Slimming Concept | Woman sues make-up company for false advertising | Clinique rapped by the ASA for misleading ad | High-SPF sunscreens: Are they better? | Sephora Bliss FatGirlSleep | Sephora Bliss FatGirlScrub

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30 March 2014

LUEE Episode 77: Coffee & Tea

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem Newman discusses everybody's favourite caffeinated beverages with Ian James and Laura Creek Newman.

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: Pesticide Traces in Some Tea Exceed Allowable Limits (CBC) | Caffeine Ingestion and Fluid Balance: A Review (Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics) | Caffeine and Carbonated Soft Drinks | Caffeine Addiction Is a Mental Disorder, Doctors Say (National Geographic) | Coffee: The Greatest Addiction Ever (CGP Grey) | Good News About Coffee and Amazing Skeptic Conference (Scientific American Podcast) | New Mountain Dew Recipe in Canada | Does the LDS Church Own Coca-Cola? (Snopes) | Kopi Luwak (Wikipedia) | Coffee Enemas (Science-Based Medicine, Wikipedia) | Yerba Mate (Wikipedia) | The True Benefits of Herbal Tea (The Daily Mail)

Approximate Caffeine Content

Caveats: Numbers listed for coffee assume a drip-brew method. Numbers listed for tea assume the tea is steeped for 3 minutes. Equivalent beverage sizes are provided for Tim Hortons and Starbucks, but these numbers do not necessarily reflect the caffeine content of any particular brand, roast, or blend of coffee.

Food ItemServingCaffeine
Coffee24 oz (Extra Large)394–600 mg
Coffee20 oz (Large, Venti)329–500 mg
Coffee16 oz (Grande)263–400 mg
Jolt Cola23.5 oz (695 mL)280 mg
Coffee14 oz (Medium)230–350 mg
Coffee12 oz (Tall)197–300 mg
EspressoDouble200 mg
Caffeine TabletExtra-strength200 mg
Coffee10 oz (Small)164–250 mg
Coffee8 oz (Extra Small, Short)131–200 mg
EspressoSingle100 mg
Caffeine TabletRegular-strength100 mg
Yerba Mate6 g mate powder85 mg
Red Bull8.5 oz (250 mL)80 mg
Mountain Dew12 oz (355 mL)54 mg
Lipton Iced Tea20 oz (600 mL)48 mg
Stash Earl Grey Black Tea8 oz48 mg
Exotica China White Tea8 oz37 mg
Stash Darjeeling Black Tea8 oz36 mg
Coca-Cola12 oz (355 mL)34 mg
Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate43 g31 mg
Guaraná Antarctica12 oz (355 mL)30 mg
Stash Premium Green Tea8 oz29 mg
Hershey's Milk Chocolate43 g10 mg
Coffee (Decaffeinated)8 oz (Extra Small, Short)6–17 mg
Herbal Tea/TisaneAny amount0 mg

Sources: Caffeine Content of Brewed Teas (Journal of Analytical Toxicology) | Caffeine in Food (Health Canada) | Caffeine Content of Food and Drugs (Center for Science in the Public Interest) | Caffeine Database (Caffeine Informer)

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23 February 2014

LUEE Episode 75: News Update

Episode 75: News Update

This episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a classic news update show! Greg Christensen and Gem Newman discuss the #HamOnNye debate, the (latest) snake-handling preacher to die of a snake bite, Neil deGrasse Tyson's upcoming visit to Winnipeg, and much more!

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: The Creation of Debate: Should we engage anti-science? | Nye/Ham Postmortem: The Apologists for Religion | Answers for Creationists (Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy, Steven Novella's Neurologica) | I Don't Debate Science | Reality Show Snake Handler Dies from Snakebite | Snake Handling | Neil deGrasse Tyson "The Sky Is Not the Limit" in Winnipeg | Cosmos Trailer | Astronomers Discover Oldest Star | Denmark Bans Kosher and Halal Slaughter as Minister Says 'Animal Rights Come Before Religion' | Copenhagen Zoo Kills 'Surplus' Young Giraffe Marius Despite Online Petition

What Are You Reading? Bad Pharma, by Ben Goldacre | Half Empty, by David Rakoff

What Are You Listening to? Common Sense | Hardcore History | Quackcast

Correction: According to Bishop James Ussher, the universe was created on 23 October 4004 BC, which would make it approximately 6017 years, 8 months old, not the figure of 6016 mentioned by Gem. We apologise for this error. But when you're already off by 13.7 billion years, who's counting?

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12 February 2014

LUEE Episode 74: Nutritional Supplements

Episode 74: Nutritional Supplements

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Ashlyn Noble discusses some of the science (and pseudoscience) behind nutritional supplementation with Richelle McCullough, Laura Creek Newman, and Lauren Bailey.

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: What's in Your Supplement? | New Concerns About the Safety and Quality of Herbal Supplements | Bad Science Watch Criticizes "Vanessa's Law" for Neglecting Natural Health Product Users | Vitamin C and the Common Cold | Dianazene | Glucosamine | Hyaluronan | Plasma and Dietary Antioxidant Status as Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors | Chromium Deficiency, Glucose Intolerance, and Neuropathy Reversed by Chromium Supplementation | Eggshell Membrane: A Possible New Natural Therapeutic for Joint and Connective Tissue Disorders | Is There Anything the Natural Health Products Directorate Won't Approve? The Antioxidant Edition | Scientology's Purification Rundown (Purif) | Critical Analysis of the Purification Rundown | Precious Bodily Fluids: Scientology and the Purification Rundown | Narconon

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