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 - Supervolcanoes could striek at pretty much any moment. At least that's what Ayla has to say as she joins from a mid-reconstruction New Zealand to tell us all about her research into potentially destructive magma chmabers just waiting to strike!

00:25:53 - Drinks cool you down as the magma heats you up. Ben has some weird vita malt thing from Denmark. He loves it. Ryan suspects it tastes like beer and Ben just doesn't know what that tastes like. Ben washes it down with a banana, your guess is as good as ours. Ryan and Abe sip some sotol from the Chihuahua region of Mexico. It's like mezcal or tequila, only... not.

00:34:25 - Trailer Trash Talk debate the trailer tactics of Pixar in relation to their latest offering Brave.

00:44:45 - Dogs have been around for awhile. Some maybe more than others. New research attempts to combine the results of genetics, archaeology, and biogeography to shed new light on the origins of man's best friend.

01:09:03 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like dogs. No one is quite sure where or when they came from, but we know they're here now. Ryan tries to pick Ben up with a quote as recounted by Lee U. A quote which was so inspirational it sent Lee back to school. Go Lee! Ben then used that energy to give Andrew B. a very long answer about laser guns in sci-fi. And finally Abe has a tweet from Christina praising his "hot hard rock"-ness. OK, then.

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Music for this week's show:

Volcano - Presidents of the United States of America

Mexico - Cake

Gimme Sympathy - The Metric

Wild Packs of Family Dogs - Modest Mouse

Direct download: Ep_141_Science..._sort_of_-_Hot_Dog.mp3
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00:00:00 - LeMans is a race that takes 24 hours. It's a Motorsport thing, which comes dangerously close to SPORTZ. So the Paleopals call in reinforcements in the form of Joe Batwinis. Why attempt to recreate Car Talk at all? Because the race was won by a diesel hybrid, and that's quite interesting.

00:21:07 - Drinks are also of interest, at least to the presenters of the show. So here's what they were having. Jacob was loving his saison from Smuttynose. Patrick is perplexed by his Harpoon IPA. Joe comes close to receiving Southern wrath with his mispronunciation of the popular Dixie soda Cheerwine. And finally Ryan goes pre-purity law with a 13th Century Grut Bier.

00:29:10 - This week on Trailer Trash Talk the Paleopals abandon Ryan in their overall dismissal of the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man.

00:47:54 - The guys may not know how to pronounce Chauvet, but they do know it's home to some old paintings, but just how old? And done by whom? Patrick and Ryan explain how we date the difficult, and whether or not neanderthals are to blame for the pieces. It's all part of science's new obsession with old pigments! 

01:01:07 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like cave paintings, no one knows exactly how they started. This week: all foreign edition! Patrick gets a recurring yen donation from Curt S. who likes to wear his Science... sort of shirt while visiting foreign breweries. EVERYTHING ABOUT THAT SENTENCE IS BEYOND AWESOME! Thanks, Curt! Jacob has a question from Karl M. about bad science in movies and how that makes us feel. Ryan first makes up for not mentioning the new podcast Generation Anthropocene but ends with a "simple" question about dinosaurs from Luke J., the answer to which manages to confound and anger poor Jacob.


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Music for this week's show provided by:

He Thought Of Cars - Blur

Hell Of A Season - The Black Keys

Spiderwebs - No Doubt

Rock of Ages - Gillian Welch

Direct download: Ep_140_Science..._sort_of_-_With_Great_Power.mp3
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00:00:00 - Daniel H. Wilson returns to talk to us about his new novel Amped, as well as his recently published Wall Street Jounral op-ed about the futur eof human augmentation. Hear our first interview with Daniel where we discussed his first novle Robopocalypse in episode 95.

00:22:45 - Kelly has beer on the brain after trying the local craft offering: Good people coffee oatmeal stout. Charlie kicks back a Campari sprtiz and laments the loss of beetles in his beverage. And finally Ryan has an Old Engine Oil to commemorate our robotic guest.

00:26:00 - Trailer Trash Talk covers Seeking a Friend For the End of the World which forces them to think about the end and the existential questions imminent death presents, such as: Do we keep podcasting if we know an asteroid is about to destroy earth?

00:35:31 - Part 2 of our conversation with Daniel delves into the ethics of enhancement, plus there's even sports talk, and we like sports.

00:56:55 - PaleoPOWs are a lot novels. They're both new. Charlie starts off with a handsome donation from Rebecca W. Thanks, Rebecca! Ryan has a questioning comment from episode 136 left by Blaine B. And finally Kelly has a self-proclaimed enthusiastic iTunes review written by HerpetologyFTW!


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Music for this week's show provided by:

Amped - Cypress Hill

Good People - Jack Johnson

You've Got A Friend In Me - Randy Newman

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk

Direct download: Ep_139_Science..._sort_of_-_The_Augmenteds_Lament.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT

00:00:00 - Because according the media, 3 disparate events make a global trend, the CDC had to come out and assure everyone that we are not at the beginning of a zombie apocalypse. That being said, no reason you shouldn't prepare anyways, right?

00:17:08 - Jacob enjoys a Dark Night in Munich, a Longshot beer from Sam Adams. Ryan has a Stateside Saison from Maryland. And Ben kicks back with mango nectar from Egypt.

00:23:04 - The Americans try to educate the Canadian on US history, which is hindered by the subject of this week's Trailer Trash Talk, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

00:35:24 - Mars-One wants to send people to Mars using reality TV and your money. Sound like a bad idea? It probably is. We break down what might be going with these folks, including why they seem to have the support of Nobel laureate Gerard 't Hooft. For background on exactly why getting to Mars isn't easy check out our interview with Charles Doarn in episodes 69 and 70.

01:01:56 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like one way trips to space. WORTH IT! Jacob has an e-mail from Limnality, of, hoping we keep up the good work as they listen through the back catalog. Ben has a voicemail from Tom asking for some nuclear clarification after listening to episode 20 of The Weekly Weinersmith. The answer might need a bigger show, but we do our best. And finally Ryan has an e-mail from Zachary G., a hiker of the Appalachian Trail who appreciates the company we provide. 

Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts! 

Music for this week's show provided by:

When the World Ends - Dave Matthews Band

The Long Way Around - The Dixie Chicks

Gettysburg - Ratatat

Can't Go Back Now - The Weepies

Direct download: Ep_138_Science..._sort_of_-_Longshot_Ideas.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:22pm EDT

00:00:00 - Turns out that thing your grandpa did, you know the one, well it's why you have green eyes. Or something like that. Epigenetics is tricky, thankfully Kelly is here to help sequence a new study about how mice respond to stress generations later.

00:24:17 - What you drink now could effect your great-grandkids, so why waste time? Patrick returns to a new favorite in the Loose Cannon, surprising Ryan with his embrace of hops. Ryan keeps it local with a West Mountain Brewing Co. IPA and a cup of the house roast from Common Grounds in Fayetteville, AR! And finally Kelly has soothing aloe infused lemonade. It tastes bad, like medicine ought to.

00:28:53 - Trailer Trash Talk goes back to the start of it all with Ridley Scott's prequel to the eventual quadrilogyPrometheus.

00:39:24 - Patrick jumps the gun with his PaleoPOW by using an e-mail from Kirstie G. about the finding of fossilized cephalopod ink from the Jurassic. What is it with paleontologists these days always hunting for various colors? Either way the science is sweet.

00:52:50 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like prequels, you kind of know how they're going to end. Kelly has an iTunes review from Whackfoo who grinds the show to a screeching halt with the knowledge that a 4-year-old child is subjected to the show, but she wants to be a paleontologist, so let's call it practice. Now eat your vegetables, take a bath, and go to bed. It's what all good paleontologists do. Finally, Ryan has an e-mail from retroflatus with a Brachiolope and a newly purchased mug. He also has a question, so we bring in Ben for universal explanations.


Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!


Music for this week's show provided by:

My Generation - The Who

Coffee Shop - The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Before the Worst - The Script

The Taste of Ink - The Used

Direct download: Ep_137_Science..._sort_of_-_Leaving_A_Mark.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:38am EDT