Science... sort of
Conversations about things that are science, things that are sort of science, and things that wish they were science. A member of the Brachiolope Media Network.

00:00:00 – The lineup is a bit different than usual as Ryan is joined by alternative Paleopals Ben and Jacob. But wait! There's more...

00:04:42 – Joining the Paleopals is Professor Robert Smith? and author Max Brooks. Zombie experts of disparate fields! What ensues is a round table zombie discussion sure to titillate and illuminate!

00:52:42 – After that great Z-table discussion it's good to unwind with some wild west nonsense because this week's Trailer Trash Talk is Cowboys and Aliens!

01:01:54 – Last up is the PaleoPOW! Jacob has a domestic iTunes review from faym001 that forgets to mention him. Ben has a Canadian iTunes review from Ryan Closs, whom Ryan has no prior knowledge of, and Ryan has a punny e-mail from Mike.


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Music for this week's show:

May the Living be Dead (In Our Wake) – Flogging Molly

Zombie Boy – The Magnetic Fields

Johnny Get Your Gun – Old Crow Medicine Show

Direct download: Ep_66_Science..._sort_of_-_Undead_Cowboys.mp3
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00:00:00 – The Paleopals are all here, having recovered from a mysterious case of arsenic poisoning, and are flushing their systems out with a little bit of alcohol. Charlie has an old favorite, Patrick is kicking back a cold one, and Ryan is classing it up, but maybe being a bit "winey" about it.


00:05:29 – Ryan, Patrick and Ben sit down for a chat with John Allen Paulos, a professor of math and statistics at Temple University. He's way smarter than all of you so listen to what he says about numbers, innumeracy and the problem with people not knowing their maths (It's how the Brits say it.)


Also, don't forget to do your homework:

1) Take any prime number bigger than 5 and explain why it's square is always 1 more than a multiple of 24.

2) Estimate how many pizza parlors there are in SF.


00:40:34 – Now that the Paleopals have been told they need to toughen up their number sense they figure they best toughen up in some other areas, in other words they need to develop some True Grit.


00:50:14 – Most people don't use "irony" properly; other people don't know how to tell a dinosaur from an ammonite. When the two combine it's a kerfuffle of misinformation and sanctimonious jabs. That's exactly the case with the recent story of a "dinosaur" in a Cathedral.  Accept no substitutes, the Paleopals won't steer ya wrong.


01:01:46 – On the PaleoPOW this week Paleogamy Porter is dropping some kind words on iTunes, Matt provides a trippy addition to the Brachiolope gallery, and Christian schools us on comments made way back in the before time on episode 46.


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Music this week:

Wine Red – The Hush Sound

Painted by Numbers – The Sounds

God's Gonna Cut You Down – Johnny Cash

Grace Cathedral Hill – The Decemberists


Direct download: Ep_65_Science..._sort_of_-_Stats_and_Stones.mp3
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The Paleopals were caught up in the NASA excitement yesterday so they sat down and did an impromptu show! Enjoy this special edition slightly shorter episode all about Arsenic and Old Lake!

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Music: That's Life - Frank Sinatra

Direct download: Special_Edition_2_Science..._sort_of_-_Arsenic_and_Old_Lake.mp3
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