Tue, 20 December 2011
00:00:00 - Kepler (the satellite, not the dude, who would be a zombie at this point) done found us a planet within the habitable zone of a star a mere 600 light years away. THANKS KEPLER!
00:13:08 - Drinks are like planets, wait long enough and one of them goes away. Ryan has some holiday cheer with Mikkeller Santa's Little Helper 2010. Patrick is double-fisting an unimpressive Guinness black lager and a more palatable Lagunitas, even if they messed up their holiday schedule. And finally Charlie savors a cab sav from Napa Valley, perfect for a winter's night.
00:33:24 - Humans and snakes. A feud as old as time itself. But have snakes always been the aggressors or do humans give as good as they get? A tribe in the Philippines may hold the answer.
00:48:23 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like snakes, they get longer and more aggressive as time goes on. Patrick thanks the recurring donors , Bendan M. Buddy W., and Christopher V., for being awesome on a consistent basis. Ryan helps out Mike G. and Tommy G. (no relation, probably) who were having problems with episode 44. Ryan provides tech support. And Charlie ends the year with a short sweet iTunes review from lamotteskiddalyboomboom.
Thanks for listening! See y'all next year for loads more SCIENCE... sort of.
Music for the show provided by:
Up In the Sky - Oasis
Every Day Should Be a Holiday - The Dandy Warhols
Belgium - Bowling For Soup
Here Comes the Snake - Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Direct download: Ep_117_Science..._sort_of_-_Wrapped_Up_In_Science.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:18am EDT
Tue, 13 December 2011
00:00:00 - Naked mole rats are even more awesome than previous thought: their sperm is terrible. Doesn't sound like a good thing? Well how come their awful sperm still works just fine? Because mole rates cannot be stopped, that's why.
00:11:53 - Like it or not, drinks are a part of the show and thus require a moment of discussion. Charlie has an old standby in the form of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Patrick has a nondescript merlot, he can assert that it is in fact red. Ryan has a hot buttered whiskey based on a recipe he is happy to share from the book And A Bottle of Rum. And Jacob has spicy cinnamon vanilla eggnog, if that's what you're in to.
00:18:20 - This week trailer trash talk heads north to Scandinavia whilst the Paleopals try to breakdown the many incarnations of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
00:32:32 - Last year several circular holes opened up in Guatemala city, and while it may be tempting to call them sinkholes, according to an article Patrick found they should actually be called piping features. But there is still heated disagreement over karst.
00:43:43 - A man was arrested at CERN for messing with vending machines as an attempt to disrupt Higgs-Boson detection. He claimed to be from the future. A very "sort of" story as relayed by several exited Paleopals. Can they uncover the truth within the course of the segment?
00:52:41 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like time travelers, their existence is hotly debated and likely nothing more than a prank. Patrick has an extremely generous donation from John P. THANKS, JOHN! Ryan has a short sweet tweet from Sharon about painting frogs. Ryan is concerned for amphibian well-being, but hopes he's misreading things. Charlie has an iTunes review that seems have written by an SEO expert in Philippe. And Jacob explores the Facebook page for a messsage from Kendal about using our Amazon affiliate link to help the show out while doing one's holiday shopping.
Music for this week's show:
Born Normal - Dispatch
You're So Damn Hot - OK Go
Last Tattoo - Rehab
Endless Column - Blue Man Group
I'm a Fool - American Hi-Fi
Tue, 6 December 2011
00:00:00 - Who knew crustaceans could be so crafty? An amphipod has evovled the ability to spin silk like a spider, except under water! Fraught with awesome imagery and potential medical applications to be sure.
11:11:11 - Every week we consume something on air and this week those consumables varied more than usual. Kelly has crafty Norwegian chocolate with an unexpected surprise. Ben has homo milk from a bag? We don't know either, Canada is even weirder than previously imagined. Ryan descends into a bottle of Hades from Great Divide Brewing in anticipation of this week's trailer. Charlie has bubbly water and explains it's morbid origins.
00:19:23 - This week for we have the divisive trailer for The Divide. Will the Paleopals be divided on their opinions? Or will the threat of impending apocalypse unite them all?
00:29:48 - Willpower, does it even exist? If so, how much have you got? These are the pressing questions vexing the Paleopals this week. Everyone brings something different to the table, including the concept of whether or not willpower is a worth 'scientific' inquiry. Hal Jordan, eat your heart out.
00:50:35 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like silk spinning crustaceans, unexpected but ultimately they make sense. Kelly has cash from Summer in Seattle. THANKS, SUMMER! Ben has a question from Roberta about the demarcation line for calling one's self a scientist. There's no fine line, but there are some good stories. Ryan updates all on the #SciFund poll from Episode 113. Charlie has an iTunes review from Sumo in Seattle who might be drinking on the job.
Music for this week's show:
Crab - Weezer
Across the Great Divide - Semisonic
The New Underground - Guster
All In My Head - Shawn Mullins
Wed, 30 November 2011
It's time for the annual Thanksgiving Science... sort of special! Each year the Paleopals pick an extra-long PaleoPOW and cover it in a little more detail than usual. Just like the pilgrims did.
00:00:00 - Charlie starts things off with an e-mail from Michal about our dismissal of Evolutionary Psychology. Maybe the PaleoPOWsevolved to think that it's just not up to snuff?
00:24:56 - Ben has a question from Liz about anti-gravity. He answers it with his usual aplomb, while artfully plugging his own new podcast: The Titanium Physicists!
00:34:09 - Since it wouldn't sound very good for the Paleopals to eat on air, they settle for some drinks instead. Ryandouble-fists cider post a Thanksgiving-meal pregame. Ben drinks water like a fish. Charlie goes on rant about the realities of tryptophan and post-holiday meal torpor. Patrick is having a very old (possibly fishy) pale ale. And Charlie jumps the holiday gun with some eggnog.
00:43:32 - Trailer Trash Talk follows it's Thanksgiving tradition by reviewing a weird fantasy movie. This year we're going with Snow White and the Huntsman. Will be it be the fairest film of them all? Probably not. And where the heck are thedwarves?
00:56:57 - Patrick has some hairy snail mail from Micah admonishing our dismissal of creationism. Rather than rant and rave, the guys try to legitimately address Micah's point. See? It's possible for disagreements to be civil!
01:15:27 -And finally Ryan has a voicemail from Caroline about the difference between regular and anti-bacterial soap. Ryan actually did some research for this one so hopefully his answer sounds good.
Thanks for listening, this week more so than usual! Check out our blog for our other annual tradition: Winter Solstice Gift Guides! Available at Paleocave.com soon.
Music for this week's show:
Change Your Mind - The All-American Rejects
Defying Gravity - Kristin Chenoweth in Wicked
We Should Be Sleeping - Eddie Money
Heigh-Ho - The Seven Dwarves
Charlie Darwin - The Low Anthem
Direct download: Ep_114_Science..._sort_of_Giving_Thanks_II_The_Thankening.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT
Sun, 20 November 2011
00:00:00 - Jai Ranganthan joins Paleopals Charlie, Jacob, and Ryan to update everyone on the #SciFund Challenge. First and foremost, congrats to our own Kelly Weinersmith on being the very first project to get fully funded! Yay! But the Paleopals go one further and actually highlight a few projects that caught their eye.
Jacob was intrigued by the dolphin with the backwards fin, mostly because he lives near a beach and this was the closest to an engineer project he could find.
Charlie really liked the idea of domesticating bacteria to create petroleum products and other goodies suit our needs. If yeast can make beer, why can't bacteria make oil?
Ryan wants to use social networks and cell phones to help children in Tanzania get the vaccinations they need. It's ambitious, it's complicated, and it just might be crazy enough to work!
And finally, we have to give a shout out to the project that wants to investigate methods for artificially aging red wine. A very Science... sort of, kind of project.
After a bit of discussion the Paleopals decide on donating to a particular project LIVE ON AIR! We won't spoil the results, be we will provide a poll on the website for you to vote for your favorite. And be sure to head over to RocketHub to donate to a project your own self!
00:34:34 - Charlie tries his best to introduce the drinks segment. Jacob offends us all with his Smirinoff Ice (Raspberry and Lime flavor). Charlie's curiosity overrides the date leading him to try Sierra Nevada's holiday IPA. And Ryan needs an extra kick so he has a Hitachino Espresso Stout.
00:38:42 - Trailer Trash Talk is out to solve a mystery. Namely, the mystery of whether or not the movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows will be any good. And their only clue is the trailer.
00:48:01 - Mind Myths abound in our culture and the BBC has posted a few of their favorites ripe for debunking. The Paleopals break down the myths and discuss just why these ideas about our brains have been so pervasive.
01:05:34 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like #SciFund projects. You never know if it's going to work until the last minute. Jacob congratulates TheFrenzyofTongs on finishing a 5k. Even better that he did so while listening to the show and posted about it our Facebook wall!
Thanks for listening! Not that you don't have enough links already, but we don't a have a blog at Paleocave.com.
Music for this week's show:
Challengers - The New Pornographers
Iced Lightning - RJD2
Watching the Detectives - Elvis Costello
Where is my mind? - Pixies
Direct download: Ep_113_Science..._sort_of_-_Mo_Money_Mo_Science.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:15pm EDT
Sun, 20 November 2011
Brian Switek is fast becoming the arbiter of the special edition. This time Ryan and Brian sit down in person at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas to opine on the goings on of the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. They discuss some of the cool talks and posters they saw, the benefits of socializing science, and even the very reasons meetings like this exist. Enjoy!
Direct download: Special_Edition_5_Science..._sort_of_-_Switek_SVP_and_Socialized_Science.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:11pm EDT
Sun, 13 November 2011
00:00:00 - The Paleopals are joined by Massimo Pigliucci, of Rationally Speaking, to talk about philosophy, science, and philosophy of science. This here is the bulk of the episode, so enjoy as Dr. Pigliucci waxes poetic about the deep inner workings of the scientific system we all hold so dear.
01:06:07 - After we say goodbye to Massimo (and his glass of chianti), we say hello to our own Birra Artiganale, peppermint tea, and Abita, respectively.
01:09:55 - It's time to get inspired and literate with this week's trailer, the German (i.e. not funny) film Young Goethe in Love.
01:19:25 - Ryan starts with a mole rat from James C. (available for viewing on the Art... sort of page!), Kelly has an e-mail about philosophy of science (how appropriate!) from David H., and Charlie follows up on the difference between his voice and Patrick's(with a startling revelation!)
Thanks for listening. Our blog may not be as rational as our guest's, but we do try: Paleocave.com
Music for this week's show provided by:
Thinking Loudly - El Ten Eleven
Demons - Guster
Young, Dumb, and In Love - Mat Kearney
Direct download: Ep_112_Science..._sort_of_-_Philosophy..._sort_of.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:55pm EDT
Mon, 7 November 2011
00:00:00 - Ben begins the show this week talking about Jacob. Eventually Ryan and Patrick force him into talking about the agreed up topic: The 100 Year Starship symposium which took place recently in Orlando, FL. Which happens to be near Jacob. Big ideas about how to get off this tiny planet abound, and the Paleopals break down a few but encourage you to read up on the details yourself!
00:26:11 - What the Paleopals lack in rocketry they more than make for in 'jet fuel', if you know what I mean. Patrick celebrates with a Jubelale, Ben has a whole island of new juice opportunities, and Ryan pans a Las Vegas 2-for-1 bruised dry gin martini.
00:31:51 - Trailer Trash Talk this week feels better than ever as the guys break down the newest in the long-lived Greek war-epic genre: Immortals.
00:41:23 - New research suggests that saurpods (the dinos with the big long necks) may have migrated. Patrick and Ryan discuss isotopic particulars while Ben pesters about dinosaurian generalities.
00:59:43 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like Sauropods. At one point hard to miss, but now increasingly rare. Ben has an iTunes review from Ed Lolington. Ryan thanks Brian Switek for mentioning us at the SVP science communication meeting (more from Brian in a future show). And Patrick has both e-mail and loot from Elizabeth S. Thanks, Elizabeth!
Music this week provided by:
Ship of Fools - The Doors
Rock Island Line - Johnny Cash
Battleflag - Lo Fidelity Allstars
Movin' Right Along - Alkaline Trio
Direct download: Ep_111_Science..._sort_of_-_Land_of_the_Lost_in_Space.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:47pm EDT
Wed, 2 November 2011
00:27:27 - Scholastic achievement makes people thirsty. Thus the Paleopals imbibe. Patrick pulls out a rye beer he'd been saving. Ryan thinks his Sour Apple Saison is thematic. Kelly eschews alcohol for Italian sodas and rockets. While Charlie is back on the IPA wagon with Widmer Falconer.
00:33:48 - In a first for Trailer Trash Talk, we cover a film not just with our guest, but by our guest. Jorge Cham sticks around to talk about his new indie movie based on his very own comics: The PhD Movie. Potentially screening at a university near YOU!
00:52:22 - We 'end' the show with an extended PaleoPOW featuring questions regarding school from the Paleoposse! Kelly reads an e-mail Catherine asking how we each entered our respective fields. Ryan talks for too long. No one is surprised. Chad read an article in the NY Times about how we teach math in the US and wants to know what the Paleopals think. Ben's answer is available on the blog. And finally, Steve wants to know if the Paleopals are worried about over-specialization in science.
Thanks for listening, our blog has content which you can get at Paleocave.com!
Music for this week's show:
Lessons Learned - Matt & Kim
The Season - Matt Costa
Dropping Out of School - Brad Sucks
Wed, 26 October 2011
00:00:00 - This week the Paleopals are joined by Giacomo Bernardi from UCSC. He filmed fish using tools for the very first time, and is happy to tell us all about just why that's so awesome. Make sure to watch the video on our site and experience the glory for yourself!
00:34:04 - Tool use is not just required for cracking clams, but also for cracking open cold ones, even if Patrick is the only one with a beer. Charlie and Ryan bourbon each other while Kelly tries to make due without her usual bartender.
00:53:49 - Patrick reports on his trip to the annual meeting of the GSA (not Gamers Sitting Around), the Geological Society of America (though some would argue it should be Geologic Society of America). He gave a talk, but you listen to him talk just about every week, so we thought we'd give some other people a chance. He mixed it up in the poster sessions and interviewed a bunch of undergrads and grad students about their research in a range of topics, from the timing of glacial retreat in the Himalaya to the best way to paint rodent teeth. Small warning: audio quality is maybe not all that it could be given that Patrick is waking around a giant concrete floored hall with geologists drinking and talking in the background.
01:36:43 - PaleoPOWs are lot like poster sessions. Crowded, loud, and full of lingering doubts. Patrick has a website comment from Hannah concerning last week's Kraken discussion. Kelly has an e-mail from John about catching up on the show and collective nouns for mascots. Ryan has a tweet from @DocBuckets about the Podcast Awards (still some time left to vote!) concerning conflicting podcast interests. And Charlie has a voicemail from the Pangster who still can't tell the difference between Charlie and Patrick.
Music for this week's show:
Come Together - Blur
Big Eyed Fish - Dave Mathews Band
The Night and the Liquor - Elvis Perkins
No I in Threesome - Interpol
Posters - Jack Johnson
Direct download: Ep_109_Science..._sort_of_-_Clam_Slams_and_Poster_Jams.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT