O-Week 2013 is Coming!

Next week, from 27/2/13 to 2/3/13 is one of the most eventful weeks (or rather, 3 days) at the University of Sydney… O-Week! It’s the best time to explore every student club and society the University of Sydney Union (USU) has to offer. That includes SciSoc, who will have its very own stall! Like a large bulk of societies, you can find our stall on Eastern Avenue. If you need something a little more specific, it’s close to Carslaw and the end of the footbridge over City Rd. Here’s a map!

SciSoc Stall


Before you visit our stall and O-Week, don’t forget to buy yourself an Access Card! Having this means you can join any society that you’ll see at O-Week. Some societies will let you join without one (SciSoc is one of them!), but most will not. Plus, you’ll get heaps of discounts around campus by having one! You can buy your Access Card online here.

Our stall is the one place to secure your place onto First Year Camp. Come in early with both your First Year Camp 2013 Registration Form and your Cataract Scout Park Liability Release Form completed, and your cash payment ready – $90 for people with Access cards and $100 for those who don’t. This is one of the many discounts that Access Card will give you!

Our stall is also the place to buy your official SciSoc 2013 T-Shirt!  It will be available in five different colours (Green, Red, Burgundy, Dark Blue and Light Blue) and in four sizes (S, M, L, XL). It will cost $10 with Access and $15 for Non-Access. Remember, if you come to any of our fortnightly BBQs this year wearing this t-shirt, the food will be absolutely free!

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Also, visitors to our stall will be given snazzy showbags! All bags have loads of goodies, including an issue of Popular Science or New Scientist, and also, the bumper edition of our own publication, the Aqua Regia, full of the creative and wacky pieces YOU can contribute!

That’s it for now. Come visit us for camp, t-shirts or even just to meet the executives and ask about our events or even how you can get more involved with SciSoc! We hope to see you there!


SciSoc's Cruise Through Time! 9th August!

“The question isn’t where but when – SciSoc’s Cruise Through Time.”

The universe is still turning and we’re sending the message everywhere- to the future and the past, the beginning and the end of everything, we’re inviting all University of Sydney students to join Scisoc in its cruise through time..

Grab all your friends too! Time has no boundaries.

Here are the essential details:

Time: 7:00 pm sharp, otherwise you’ll have to swim to meet up with us
Date: Thursday August 9th 2012 (Sem2, Week 2)
Cost: $40 Access, $45 Non-Access
Theme: Costumes! Anything Time Travel related.

Embarking from the Aquarium Warf, for a 3 hour duration (Finishes at 10:30pm)

This is an 18+ event and ID will be checked upon arrival.

Tickets will be sold throughout winter break, you’ll be able to pay for these via a bank transfer (for these details email Tony with your name and Access ID (if available) at tcai1180@uni.sydney.edu.au) and available for pick up at our stalls on Eastern Avenue or outside Manning up until the cruise.

If you wish to pay cash, we’ll be selling tickets during during semester 2 up until the cruise from said stalls. We will update the Facebook event with the exact times for the stall 🙂

There’ll be Pizza, a DJ and Light Show (Highlight of the evening, obviously) and “Unlimited consumption of beer, wine, soft drinks and
orange juice.”

Visit the facebook event here for more info and some killer graphics!

Helen Beh Citizenship Award

Awarded annually to the Science student who has contributed most to the Faculty’s non-academic activities and interests. May not be held with the Dean’s citizenship award.

Established in 2000 by the Dean of Science to commemorate Helen Beh’s service to the Faculty and the University, and to encourage and thank those fulltime students currently enrolled in any undergraduate or postgraduate degree course offered by the Faculty of Science who have, in the opinion of a selection committee comprising the Dean and the Pro-Deans of the Faculty of Science, contributed most to the Faculty’s non-academic activities and interests as an undergraduate. May not be held in conjunction with the Dean’s Award for Citizenship. Value: $350.

Nominations must be returned to the Faculty of Science Scholarships and Progression Officer science.scholarships.prog@sydney.edu.au or Faculty of Science Information Office, level 2, Carslaw Building no later than 4pm Monday 23 April.

Nominating an Individual

Here’s a link to the nomination form.

Too many bees? Or not enough bees?

Too many bees? Or not enough bees?
Sam Jenkins investigates.

Can you have too many bees? Some say yes. Some are wrong! They’re simply not covered in enough bees yet. As a man who’s been covered in bees for nearly several minutes, I can quite easily say that no man, woman, or bee has, or is enough bees. But can it be? Or how could it be if it can be? If ‘you’ and ‘I’ are ‘we’, then surely a ‘bee’ is ‘bee’, but could ‘we’ be ‘bee’? This investigative reporter looked no further than his own memory to answer these very questions (bees).

The great Shakespeare himself wrote “two bee, or not two bee?” And we all remember the answer was two bees, if not more than two bees, and quite possibly a murder. But not every acquisition of bees needs to involve regicide. I myself killed only two dukes and a bee farmer to procure my luscious beard of bees, in addition to my jacket of bees, my pair of glasses of bees, my deck of bees, my car of bees and my pool, made of, and filled with bees. Some might point out that I’m simply trying to swim in a swarm of bees. They are right. But are they covered in harmful stings? No. And that is the difference between us. Those who oppose the idea of having more than zero bees in an area, that is more that not far away from them, simply don’t want to be painfully stung. And in a day and age where we have televisions, the printing press and the future, it is difficult to understand how they don’t see the great amount of innovations that bees have brought us.

Could it be, indubitably, that we see on key, a fallacy, o’ whe’er bees should be, visa-bee, belessed please, be the nee-ds of our minstrbees? Because overbeering beelations beautifully beeseige bee beasting? Beelief bee, it’s true. Beethoven.

In closing, be safe, be sharp, be sharps, sharp bees, harp bees, harpies, bees please, on your bees, the bees are collapsing, beeeeeeeeeeeeeeees.

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Time Travel for Dummies

TIME TRAVEL for Dummies

Particle physicists at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN have found subatomic neutrino particles to travel faster than the speed of light, disproving over a hundred years of modern physics.

So now that time travel has practically been invented you need to start building your own vehicle of choice to cruise through time and space. Here are some popular examples:

Now that you’re ready for your first trip, here are some of the dangers of which you need to be careful.


“If you go back in time,” stated Dr. Steven Hawkins at a press conference held in the Luau Room of the Particle Physics Research Institute and Brothel “you may affect causality in numerous ways; say by killing your parents before they screw you into existence, or rolling your ATV over the sherwlike creatures which gave rise to all modern-day mammals.”

You get the idea. Don’t step on any bugs, don’t stop your parents getting together and don’t try to rectify the reason for building your time machine.


The past is full of pestilence, disease and infections which will probably kill you unless you are a timelord (who is apparently immune to everything).  “It wouldn’t be a pretty death either,” stated Hawkins. “Even the 19th and early 20th Centuries aren’t safe. We advise not venturing back more than a couple of decades if time travel is ever invented. Which it won’t be, because it’s not possible.”

Say you wanted to go back in time to 25 AD and stop the Crucifixion (as you do…).  You would probably die of amoebic dysentery within two days, and be incapacitated before you could prevent the salvation of mankind. Bummer.

“If you have to go back, say to prevent Buddhism or something,” Hawkins said, “it would be best to wear a containment suit that you burn as soon as you return to the present. Of course, you won’t ever do that, because time travel isn’t possible.” The future will probably be safer but unproductive since you will likely be imprisoned and quarantined before you cause a pandemic among the human-sheep hybrids.

Hear that guys? You can safely play around with about 40 years of time. Steven Hawkins approved. But if you do have to go back further, say to stop something as dangerous as Buddhism, all you need is a fully enclosed timesuit. I recommend one that looks like Matt Smith.

Aqua Regia Issue 1

Well, the time of year has come and gone for the old regime of Scisoc to be hewn down to make room for the newest one. And guess what readers, the changeover has taken place. We’re very grateful not many people were there to see the horrid, gory scene as last year’s executive was murdered in their prime to make way for others. Because really last year’s top minds were taking far too long to take over the world.

Yes that’s right. The head honchos are being bold as brass about their future plans this time round. Not only do they intend to run the society well, they have an honesty policy so crystal clear you can even admire the depths of the cellars, perusing their magic scrolls of doom-inspiring spells, ancient tomes of devious war machines, and their Hello Kitty memorabilia. Of course, that doesn’t mean they won’t tear you limb from limb once the perusing is over.

So let’s go ahead and meet the team. This year’s President of the Science Society is Hari Bhrugubanda, a short fellow willing to cut people off at the knees if they turn out to be bigger than he is. He’s got a good forehand too, so don’t doubt he can do it. His right hand man is James Colley, the new VP, whose razor sharp beard can’t be shaved by any regular means. Only lasers. Ironically, those feature heavily in his plans. Shhhh, don’t tell him I know that.

Your Secretary for this year will be one Isaac Carney. He’s the stealth expert, so much so I haven’t seen him around yet, which isn’t exactly the best thing for a secretary who has to answer phones all day. What? Ninjas have jobs too you know. To temper the balance within the organisation they’ve positioned Tony Cai as this year’s Treasurer. For those of you who don’t know, Tony’s peg leg and parrot make him the perfect man to guard the wooden chests in HQ’s basement. Yep, the one full of Hello Kitty stuff. Don’t stray in the wrong direction when browsing or you’ll get a bellyful of blade.

The dynamic duo has also decided to step up and profess their evil plans this year. Samuel Jenkins and Adam Chalmers are our new Publicity Officers and their PDA (that’s Public Displays of Anarchy, BTW) will take this team to a whole new level of mischief making. Don’t ask me which of them is Batman and which is Robin though. They may just have to try on tights and see.

Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz and Zachary Nicholson have unfortunately been left without their evil counterparts. Gid sits in one of the two broken-beer-bottle thrones of Social Coordinator and Zach is the male counterpart of the Interfaculty Sport creepy twins. And really, the empty throne next to Gid just makes him look a little depressed, and Zach isn’t as creepy lurking in the shadows all by himself.

Jarrod Kennedy however seems to be enjoying his position as First Year Officer. The maniacal laughter gets pretty annoying at night, though what is more concerning is the maniacal snoring when he falls asleep. He should go to a sleep deprivation clinic. And our Science Outreach Officer for the year, Jonathan (he doesn’t have a last name, which I find slightly menacing) has already been to a photographer for a few shots of himself crushing a globe in his hands. They’ll look good on his MySpace page, that’s for sure.

We’re currently still looking for a few positions on the executive though, and would greatly appreciate some volunteers. It’s worth a shot to anybody interested. Literally, executive members get injections for immunity to the gases that feature heavily in world domination plans XKCD-722 through SMBC-486. The positions that are open are for a second Social Coordinator, a female Interfaculty Sporting Officer, a Sponsorship Officer because we do need money to take over the world, and an IT Officer. Email us at secretary.scisoc@gmail.com if you’re interested in a position. God speed to you in the impending doom.

Week 13 BBQ!

Do you like BBQs?
Do you like Science?
Are you reading these words?

If so, come along to the last Scisoc BBQ of the year!
(Don’t forget your shirt!)

Aqua Regias and delicious goods for all!

BBQ Details!

When 12:00pm-1:30pm, Wednesday, 12th October 2011
Where Lawns Behind Carslaw
Cost Dressed in 2011 SciSoc T-shirt: FREE!
Otherwise: $2 Access/$4 Non-Access