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 show begins with the Paleopals discussing a story that sounds too good to be true. Namely that the interaction of river and sea can be used as a safe, nonpolluting form of power, but can the work be understood? Therein lies the rub.

00:23:06 - Jacob is teetotaling while in training, Ryan takes it back to the Olde Country, which is apparently quite wordy, but Charlie keeps is simple and South of the border.

00:30:26 - It's like starting all over again (at least back to High School) as the Paleopals discuss the trailer for the new film Beginners(staring sexy Ewan McGregor).

00:39:20 - After Fukushima, which we discussed in detail in Episode 84 with Brian Dunning, as well as the release of the new Marvel studiosmovie Thor, which Ryan wrote a piece about for, people are looking again at the element Thorium as a new source for nuclear power. The real mystery is why we haven't been using this stuff for years.

00:56:49 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like energy, you never have as much as you think. Ryan starts it off with a beer reccomendation paired with adulation from Tobin S. Always appreciated. Charlie has some bitter commentary fromDustin K. via Episode 86. And finally Jacob has an e-mail from Jenny sent to him by Ryan so he could get us talking about Thorium (see above) and inadvertent philosophy of science by way of microbiology.

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Music for this week's show:

James River Blues - Old Crow Medicine Show

Training - Shadowgrounds Surivor OST (From the Humble Bundle)

Where Do I Begin - The Chemical Brothers

Power Supply - Anamanaguchi

Direct download: Ep_88_Science..._sort_of_-_More_Energy_More_Problems.mp3
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00:00:00 - Julia Saltz joins the Paleopals Ryan, Patrick, Charlie and Kelly to finally figure out this genetics nonsense. The first part of the conversation focuses, as much as the show ever focuses, on Hox genes. Listen to find out why they're considered the dinosaurs of genetics.

00:24:17 - Rotten fruit isn't all bad. Sometimes Patrick drinks it, even if he admits that it sucks at first. Charlie has an Imperial IPA he wouldn't hesitate to hand to Patrick, which is saying something. Kelly keeps it practical and working class. And Ryan, per usual, keeps it weird, but with the help of Jesse Grove (who just finished his first year of law school, congrats!).

00:29:41 - Being chosen is a wonderful thing. Just ask Hal Jordan. Or ask the Paleopals what they thought of his trailer since they've chosen Green Lantern for this week's Trailer Trash Talk!

00:42:00 - Julia reappears to talk with us about how Fruit Flies fly, which is apparently like swimming. It's a confusing hodgepodge of genetics, mechanics, physics and evolution. You'd think the Paleopals would have had something intelligent to say. Maybe they did. I can't remember. It's late.

00:55:55 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like Hox genes, no one is quite sure where they came from and they're constantly mutating into different things. Kelly brings us a comment from the website about her potential travels to Norway. Charlie reads an iTunes review from SicSemperTryannosaurus (who may or may not be a dinosaur) whose review involves unicorns for some reason. Ryan reads an e-mail sent by Kate from CO about animal welfare in a lab setting based upon our talk of threats to researcher in Episode 77. She suggests the website for the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International for those who want to learn more. And Patrick goes international with a Facebook comment from Manuel in Mexico.

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Music for this week's show:

Gene by Gene - Blur

The Fruit That Ate Itself - Modest Mouse

Sink or Swim - Deer Tick

A Certain Shade of Green - Incubus

Direct download: Ep_87_Science..._sort_of_-_Hox_Stock_and_Two_Smoking_Barrels.mp3
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00:00:00 - Crocodiles confuse even the best of biologists. Morphology, genetics and taxonomy collide as the Paleopals start the Gainesville show off with the wrong kind of reptile when discussing a new story of crocodile distribution and evolution.

00:14:42 - Patrick got something special for this. Cork special. Charlie continues his IPA tour as a trend continues to develop. And Ryan goes from humid to humidor with a cedar-aged IPA from Cigar City Brewing in FL.

00:21:24 - Trailer Trash Talk is going back to basics with a franchise maybe past its prime as the Paleopals discuss X-Men: First Class.

00:32:57 - Charlie makes the Paleopals read a whole chapter from a book about the evolution of being wasteful with energy. The merits of the specific arguments, evolutionary psychology as a field in general, and some specifics on personal energy consumption and mitigation are pontificated passionately. Step back folks, this one gets hot.

00:57:27 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like alligators, they strike when least expected. This week Patrick reads a lengthy but glowing iTunes review from Genetic Tom. Charlie has an erudite voicemail from Sam on the state of even the best schools failings with regards to creationism. And Ryan has an e-mail from Lisa involving many points plus a bonus instant update on t-shirt shipment status.

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Music for this week's show:

Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Cigarettes and Alcohol - Oasis

Chan Chan -  Buena Vista Social Club

Going Down South - R. L. Burnside

Direct download: Ep_86_Science..._sort_of_-_No_Pain_No_Gainesville.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:50pm EDT

00:00:00 - This week the Paleopals are feeling Cuckoo for SCIENCE! Literally. Part of their parasitic ponderings are due to the newest Paleopal Kelly Weinersmith! Everyone say hi! Once she's properly introduced the discussion covers cuckoo basics, cuckoo benefits,cuckoo mafias, and sneaky host evolution.

00:30:24 - Kelly is exposing her mafia ties with some Payback, Ryan is feeling foolish, Patrick has a "really unique" wine and Charlie is hiding in plain site.

00:39:59 - Trailer Trash Talk goes on the prowl for myths and definitions as the Paleopals break down Troll Hunter.

00: 53:28 - The noob volunteers to go first with an iTunes review from LW whom Ryan assumes is a Munchkin. Ryan has donation and beer rec from Bec B. in Aus. Thanks, Bec! Charlie has website comments left by Stephen from NC regarding post-rock and creationism, seemingly unconnected, but life's funny like that. Be sure to check out Stephen's band The Farewell Monument. And finally Patrick has an e-mail from Ryan T. about how Idaho listeners may have been hiding from our stats.

Thanks for listening! We have a blog that's been showing signs of life called the Paleocave. Check that out if you need more.

Music for this week's show:

Cuckoo - Cass McCombs

Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill - The Beatles

Direct download: Ep_85_Science..._sort_of_-_Cuckoo_for_SCIENCE.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:47am EDT

00:00:00 - Friend of the show and fellow podcaster Brian Dunning returns after a long absence to talk about the details of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant problems in Japan. Plus why exactly radiation is bad for us, and what the crisis in Japan means for the future of nuclear energy.

00:33:49 - Podcasting has been known to lead to dry mouth. So to keep our oral cavities moist we enjoy a beverage. And this week was a weird one as Brian enjoyed some milk, Charlie had some water, and Ben had a weird cream soda thing. Patrick had an old favorite beer, and Ryan had a wheat whiskey he was sure could stand up to Dunning's scotch snobbery.

  • Be sure to listen to Skeptoid and watch inFact or else Brian will be sad.

00:50:58 - This week Trailer Trash Talk is kind of a big hot mess as Ben derails the discussion of the trailer for the upcoming film The Big Bang.

01:04:02 - Is there anything meta-materials can't do? First they promise us invisibility, and now they're simulating the big bang just to see if time travel into the past is possible (SPOILER: It isn't, sorry.) Ben explains, Charlie translates.

01:20:48 - PaleoPOWs are alot like skepticism. Most people don't bother. Those that do bother are thanked by small groups of nerds. First up, Patrick defends Ryan from a Facebook affront by Bob, while also teaching a valuable lesson on how to leave reviews. Ryan has an e-mail and a donation from John P. in Utah that lauds the Paleopals for their take on creationism in Episode 82. Ben has a Canadian iTunes review and website comment that threatens the States should we continue to mock those under the Maple Leaf Flag.  And finally, Charlie corrals a herd of wild Brachiolopes into the gallery for the viewing pleasure of all, including one from our very own Jacob! Thanks to everyone who contributing with their sightings of that most majestic of mascots.

That's it for this week! If you want more literate, less audible, content check out the Paleocave Blog.

Music for this week's show:

Radiation - Apples in Stereo

Malted Milk - Eric Clapton

Bang Bang - Dispatch

History of Everything (Big Bang Theory Theme) -  Barenaked Ladies

Direct download: Ep_84_Science..._sort_of_-_The_Big_Bang.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:57pm EDT