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 - Joe Batwinis, from our sister show Technically Speaking, joins us to discuss whether or not we should drop the S (for science) from STEM education as the hard work to earn the degree doesn't seem to be paying off for most graduates.

00:16:42 - Regardless of their major, many college students enjoy a drink. We're not in college anymore, but we do our best. Joe enjoys a Raspberry Brown from the Lost Coast Brewery but Patrick thinks his Rogue made Mocha Porter is superior. Ryan avoids the fray with a cocktail called the "Gentle Giraffe" invented by former guest of the show Willow Belden. To make one for yourself and a friend, simply combine in a shaker:

00:22:40 - You should never drink and drive. You can, however, drink and discuss movies about driving such as Rush which this week gets the Trailer Trash Talk treatment!

00:33:21 - Photographing lions is both risky and difficult. Two intrepid photographers build some robots to help them out, which makes both the tech and bio nerds quite happy.

00:46:05 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like modifying cameras, they're both likely to void your waranty. Joe begins with a voicemail from Danielle N. who wants to know, based on previous discussions of robotic cars, if removing humans from the equation will eliminate traffic jams. Ryan receives a delightful donation (Thanks!) from Michael M. along with an e-mail about 3D modelling of the complicated skulls of animals like crocodiles and fish for the purposes of research. Patrick suggests winning an award, and Ryan suggests following some relevant folks on Twitter. Patrick finishes the show with an e-mail from Jaroslav T. who has spotted some bigfoots (or is it bigfeets?) in the wilds of Louisiana, and thought we should know. We agree that this is indeed important information, but are more concerned with how to refer to the beasts in the plural form. Help us out in the comments!


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


Music for this week's show:

Career Day - The Format

Who told ya? - The Woody Pines

Don't Rush - Tegan and Sara

Remote Control - The Clash

Direct download: Ep_187_Science..._sort_of_-_STEM_and_the_Art_of_Drone_Maintenance.mp3
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00:00:00 - New planets may be starting to seem like old hat, but this time we're using Ben's favorite fundamental force, gravity, to find them! Charlie also enlightens us on the BEER method for detecting planets.

00:14:55 - Speaking of BEER... Ben has a grass jelly drink, which brings up the topic of hippos spraying their poop somehow. Ryan is enjoying a Cerahopsian IPA given to him by Paloeposse member extraordinaire, Danielle. N. Thanks, Danielle! And Charlie is having an appropriately titled Stark Raving Red wine.

00:20:28 - Revelations as surprising as those made in the story itself are discussed alongside the trailer for the controversial Ender's Game.

00:36:43 - Given the right circumstances, you can turn your own digestive system into a very tiny brewery, which is exactly what has happened to one man in Texas.

00:49:44 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like breweries, they smell like bread and are lots of fun. Ben has a question from Luke J. about the mechanics surrounding Krypton's distance from Earth, including Neil DeGrasse Tyson's contribution to that mythos. Ryan presents a new iTunes review AND a recurring donation from Dave M. Thanks for being a double-threat, Dave! Charlie answers a question from Amy H. about tidal locking, with some contribution from Ben.


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


Music for this week's show:

Everlasting Light - The Black Keys

Driving Me Mad - Neil Finn

Instant Karma - John Lennon

Brewer Fever - Former Milwaukee Brewers Theme Song

Direct download: Ep_186_Science..._sort_of_-_Specific_Gravity.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:49am EDT

Live from the Jurassic... sort of. Ryan sits down with the manager of University of Wyoming's Geological Museum Kelli Trujillo to watch Allosaurus: A Walking With Dinosaurs Special featuring the museum's very own Big Al! Whilst sipping on a Smoky Hollow Scotch Ale from El Segundo Brewing Company.  Will the facts outweigh the fiction? Will Big Al find true love? Will the dinosaurs survive? Listen and find out!

If you don't already have the DVD, you can stream the whole thing on Amazon here. Come see Big Al in the bones at the museum for free Mon - Sat 10am - 4pm and follow him on Twitter @BigAlWyo and like the museum on Facebook!

Music for this week's show: 

Hurt Like Mine - The Black Keys

Direct download: Special_Edition_11_Science..._sort_of_Theater_3_-_Big_Al.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:21am EDT

00:00:00 - Returning guest Kevin Uno drops by to tell us about his research into tracking the age of elephant ivory using leftover atoms from nuclear bombs tests. Who'd have thunk it? Kevin and his collaborators, that's who!

00:24:53 - Kevin, like an elephant, remembers well the drinking segment and comes armed with a dark and stormy. Ryan has the hard to explain Homefront IPA from Left Hand Brewing. And Patrick sups outside his comfort zone with a Out Of Your Gourd pumpkin porter.

00:32:17 - Life during armageddon can be tricky, but it helps to have a friend. Or does it? The topic is explored in the upcoming indie flick Best Friends Forever, the subject for this week's Trailer Trash Talk!

00:41:43 - And because you can never have too much elephant science, Wyoming Public Radio reporter Willow Belden joins us to talk about her recent trip to South Africa to learn more about why a country would want to castrate their elephants, including some bonus content about how scientists and reporters communicate. Her trip, of course, necessitates another tasty beer. This time, unlike the dour Patrick, Willow and Ryan greatly enjoy a Pumpkin Porter from Alaskan Brewing Co.

01:36:30 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like sexually frustrated elephants, large and potentially destructive. Ryan celebrates a new recurring donation from Andrew O. Thanks, Andrew! And Patrick has an update from everyone's favorite Poopsmith, Brandon B.

We'd also like to announce the newest member of the Brachiolope Media Network Astrarium! Download, look up, and listen hard.

For Android users, consider checking out all of our Network's shows on Podiversity. It's another great way to support your favorite group of science podcasts.

 And finally, we now have a mailing address where you can send us actual packages!

Science... sort of
514 Grand Ave
Box 312
Laramie, WY 82070

Can't wait to see what you send us!

Music for this week's show:

Arc of Time (Time Code) - Bright Eyes

When the Leaves Begin To Fall - Freakwater

Everlasting Friend - Blue October

Kids Don't Stand A Chance (remix) - Vampire Weekend VS Miike Snow

Direct download: Ep_185_Science..._sort_of_-_Never_Forget.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:22am EDT

00:00:00 - For the first time in the history of ever, scientists have discovered a bug with functional gears in its legs! Jacob makes sure  to explain it in such a way as to not give the Creationist any footing from which to perform a perfectly timed leap. Or something like that. The point is this evolved naturally and is awesome.

00:13:36 - Jacob did intelligently design his drink, which he's calling the Dragon's Tongue and can be made by shaking:

  • 1 oz. Fireball Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. peach schnapps
  • 3 oz. cranberry juice

Even though he's not on a plane Charlie enjoys some Canada Dry ginger ale. And Ryan tries to improve a Coors Light by dropping a shot of Hop Vodka in it.

00:19:34 - The secret is out when the guys pan the seemingly lackluster and derivative preview of The Secret Lives of Dorks in this week's Trailer Trash Talk!

00:27:44 - Some comrades in scientific arms have managed to track down a long lost Soviet lander on Mars using HiRISE, which apparently anyone can ask to be pointed at whatever you want. Communism working for the good of science on the red planet. How ironic.

00:40:43 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like orbiting cameras, anything can become a target. Charlie kicks the segment off with a new recurring donation from John B. Thanks, John! Jacob gets an update on the road trip he didn't even know he was on from Pogos. And Ryan reads an iTunes review solely for the pleasure of getting to pronounce LZA.


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


Music for this week's show:

One Jump Ahead - Brad Kane

Burned My Tongue - The Mountain Goats (from the album, "on juhu beach")

Dirty Little Secret - All American Rejects

Lost and Found - Phoenix

Direct download: Ep_184_Science..._sort_of_-_A_Coordinated_Launch_and_Landing.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:20am EDT

Ep 183: Science... sort of - A Center for Ants?

00:00:00 - Jane Zelikova returns to talk about ants! Our guide is the wonderful and free Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Ants but also including a few new species just described by science. There are a lot ants out there people. But seriously, go snag the pdf of the book so you can follow along with our Ant Science 101 segment.

00:36:51 - We may not change colors like the honeypot ants, but we still enjoy a drink. Jane and Ryan enjoy a sampling of beers from Snake River from Jackson, WY. While Patrick opts for south of the Wyoming border with a Colorado made Breckenridge Brewing Vanilla Porter.

00:40:56 - Like humans, even the gods doth drink, and few moreso than the mighty Thor. However, we see less drinking and more fighitng as we Trailer Trash Talk about Thor 2: The Dark World. If you want some science from this segment, you can read the piece Ryan wrote about the first movie for!

00:53:04 - Now that you know the ant basics it's time to get into the specifics of bleeding edge ant science. Jane tells us first about how faithful ants are to their symbiotic allies. The answer is very. Next up, we learn that ants have to shift their diets when they're busy invading new places. What could it mean?!

01:16:15 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like ants, they come in hordes and can sting you. Eirik bites Ryan over some flubbed Norse mythology from the olden days of the show (i.e. episode 82). Patrick has some critiques from Patrick (a different one we hope) regarding our discussion of the relevance of paleontology in episode 177. But Jane brings us back around with a positive iTunes review left to us by MakoClould. Finally, hear Patrick and Ryan on Podcasting 101 or just Ryan on Generation Anthropocene.

Need even more ants? Check out Episode 50 of The Weekly Weinersmith for the science of zombie ants! And be sure to stock up on lab safety gear using our Amazon link!


Music for this week's show:

Bug City - Presidents of the United States of America

Drink It Like You Mean It - Corb Lund

Power - Kayne West

Ants Marching - Dave Matthews Band

Direct download: Ep_183_Science..._sort_of_-_A_Center_for_Ants.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:28pm EDT

00:00:00 - Charlie and Ryan are delighted to be joined by Miles Traer and Leslie Chang of the Generation Anthropocene podcast. The discussion begins, albeit easily and effectively distracted (by things like sea dragons aka oarfish), talking a bit about their paths leading up to the inception of the podcast.

00:12:00 - Drinks are definitely something our generation excels at. Ryan enjoys some Daybreak dark roast COFFEE from Turtle Rock Coffee & Cafe near his lab. Miles is wrapping his head around an Arnold Palmer made with rooibos, an herbal tea whose pronunciation is debated. Leslie struggles with her lactose-infused tiger spice chai latter. And Charlie has water, but he's clever about it. You'll see.

00:20:48 - This conversation couldn't have finished without at least once discussion of the apocalypse and the preview of the upcoming movie The Colony in this week's Trailer Trash Talk!

00:38:44 - In part 2 of our discussion with Leslie and Miles we dive into the specifics of their show. What it is, how it happened, where it's going. And perhaps a few more distractions along the way. Be sure to check out their podcast, twitter feeds (@GenAnthropocene and @leslie_chng), Tumblr, and, of course, the episode of their show that had Ryan on.

00:59:56 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like geologic ages, the start and end are often up for debate. Ryan presents a recurring donation from Jenna G. of Ryan's home-state of West Virginia. Thanks, Jenna!  Charlie addresses the idea, as presented by Jeff S., that solar flares could be causing summertime heat waves,  including a reference to an episode of The Titanium Physicists. Short answer: NO, but the science is worth a full listen.


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:

Gone Wanderin' - Jackie Green

Smell of Coffee - Greg Brown

Brand New Colony - The Postal Service

My Generation - Green Day

Direct download: Ep_182_Science..._sort_of_-_Talking_About_My_Generation.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:57am EDT

00:00:00 - As with most other fish tales, the truth of the story of the really old rockfish is that it wasn't really all that old in the first place. Oh well. Charlie also learns why it's hard to describe what a fish is, which you can learn more about on the What the Fish? podcast. And if you want to learn how to eat the right kinds of fish, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has you covered with this handy app.

00:16:22 - Drinks are for when you're old enough. This week Charlie enjoys a Fresh-Squeezed IPA from Deschuttes Brewery. Kelly makes a startling confession, but you'll have to listen to learn it. And Ryan is trying to up his game with a La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, which Charlie agrees is a good one.

00:20:47 - Things get heavy when the gang straps in to discuss Gravity on this week's Trailer Trash Talk!

00:33:23 - We all know we have plenty of wind floating around, but how do we make sure it's around when we need it? A new study proposes storing wind in porous rocks to be used later. One step closer to living in a sci-fi world.

00:50:45 - PaleoPOWs are often also stored underground until needed. Kelly is excited about a new recurring donation from Courtney H. Thanks, Courtney! Catherine calls in to leave a voicemail about why the clouds change color throughout the day, a topic Ryan and Charlie deftly handle while also mentioning Ben's Titanium Physicist episode on a similar subject. And Charlie reports back that Cade K., Amy, and EJCulbert have all told us about the availability of Battle Chess on Good Old Games. Finally, in terms of other podcasts, Kelly was recently on Wild Ideas and Ryan did a whole week of the STAR WARS MINUTE. Check them out!


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:

Old Man Time - O.A.R.

Baby, It's A Fact - Hellogoodbye

Gravity (A Spaceman's Song) - Red Wanting Blue

Wind Below - Rage Against The Machine

Direct download: Ep_181_Science..._sort_of_-_Living_Under_A_Rock.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

00:00:00 - Sora Kim returns to the show to talk all about the latest and greatest in shark science! In 25 minutes she teaches us all more than Discovery Channel could in an entire week. We covered:

00:24:07 - Drinks are a thing that is needed to prepare for our upcoming segment. Patrick is practically done with his Founder's Brewing Dark, Rich and Sexy Porter. Ryan and Sora share a Golden 8 Ale from Crabtree Brewing. And Charlie keeps it sharky with the Dogfishhead Brewing 90-minute IPA.

00:30:55 - This week on Trailer Trash Talk we get to watch Charlie's stunt double drink beer and deal with drama in the preview for the upcoming movie Drinking Buddies.

00:40:29 - Shark Week seemed like a great idea when it started, but now Sora worries it's more fear-mongering than informative. We also discuss the outrage sparked by the airing of a fake-documentary purporting the continued existed of the giant shark Megalodon. No OK, Discovery Channel.

01:12:31 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like shark science, often requiring explanations. Ryan presents a new recurring donation from Landon R. who has an e-mail explaining his scientific departure and his penance in donation form. Patrick is excited that Chris W. posted about us on his personal Facebook profile page, which is someone more folks ought to do. And Charlie has an e-mail from Chris G. on behalf of his daughter Paige who has contributed the latest addition to the Brachiolope Gallery in the form of a "girl long neck moosesaur." Make sure to check out the artistic talents of this budding scientist!


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:

Solid Gold - The Golden Filter
Jumper - Third Eye Blind
Direct download: Ep_180_Science..._sort_of_-_Jump_The_Shark_Week.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:44am EDT

00:00:00 - Darwin, whom we all know and love for his contributions to biology, was also a geologist of note in his day, thereby doubly securing his legacy as one excellent gentleman scientist.

00:18:00 - Gentlemen scientists are also known to enjoy drinks. Ryan cuts everyone off to talk about his Glacier Ale from Red Lodge Ales. Jacob has a Red Shoulder RyePA brewed by a listener/co-worker. And Patrick has the final in his Thunderhead series of beers given to him by Ryan. Speaking of trilogies...

00:26:28 - While Patrick remains skeptical of the idea of The Cornetto Trilogy, the guys generally agree that the preview of The World's End paints a rosy picture in this week's Trailer Trash Talk!

00:37:46 - Terrible headlines aside, io9 provides a cool story about using self-replicating probes for galactic exploration based on a recent study which determined that the galaxy could be fully explored with this method in a mere 10 million years!

00:57:48 In this week's PaleoPOW the Summer of Love wraps up with our final request for your Time & Talent. We want YOU to help US and here are some things that could be quite handy: things that we could use help with

  • web design
  • graphic design
  • app development
  • sound editing
  • musical composition
  • SEO

So e-mail if you possess those skills and thanks to everyone for making this summer so loving! Patrick also has a new recurring donation from Anthony M. Thanks, Anthony! Ryan reads a new iTunes review from BrandoBourassa. And Jacob ends it all with an e-mail from materials scientist Cameron K. about being inspired to start his own podcast. Good luck, Cameron!


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:

These Stones Will Shout - The Raconteurs

Save Water, Drink Beer - Chris Young

Room @ The End of the World - Matt Nathanson

Spreads for Miles - Sourgrass

Direct download: Ep_179_Science..._sort_of_-_Evolutionary_Explorations.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:50pm EDT

00:00:00 - When Ryan claims that lobsters are immortal, only one man can be relied upon to deliver the hard truths: Zen Faulkes! Zen breaks into the show to tell us all about this immortality meme and his efforts to combat it. Be sure to check out his blog NeuroDojo and his e-book Presentation Tips.

00:30:08 - Lobsters live in the drink, so we decide to have some. Moving his way through a gift given by Ryan, Patrick cracks open a Cropduster Mid-American IPA. Kelly enjoys a Cabernet Sauvingon from Bogle Vineyards, complete with Patrick's approval. And Ryan heartily enjoys his Petrus Aged Pale.

00:35:45 - Trailer Trash Talk has to tackle some troubling issues about animals in captivity after seeing the troubling footage in the trailer for the documentary Blackfish.

00:51:07 - Patrick presents a new study about how freshwater systems may have survived the K/T extinction better than the marine world. Take that dinosaurs!

01:10:27 - PaleoPOWs survive better in freshwater too, not that anyone bothered to ask. Patrick thanks Kevin D. for his generous donation. Thanks, Kevin! Ryan read an e-mail from Aaron D. suggesting we conduct an online pub quiz potentially titled Science... war off. All we need now is a 36-hour day. And Kelly rounds out the segment with a 5-star iTunes review left by the_HAL9000. I wonder if he knows Ben?

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:
Furry Old Lobster - Jonathan Coulton
Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Black & Blue - Miike Snow
Direct download: Ep_178_Science..._sort_of_-_Wetter_is_Better.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:39pm EDT

00:00:00 - Patrick and Ryan obviously agree with Sarah Werning that paleontology is relevant. But can they convince Ben, and, by proxy, the world?

00:20:44 - Drinks are what happen when you realize maybe it wasn't that relevant after all. Patrick tries a Constalker Dark Wheat dropped off by Ryan, who in turn is having some overly sweet Choya-brand Umeshoo (i.e. Japanese plum wine). Ben approves, but himself  is having some lemon Pelligrino.

00:26:54 - Matt Damon needs an exosuit to get to the Greek afterline so he can fight Jodie Foster in this week's installment of Trailer Trash Talk all about Neil Blomkamp's Elysium.

00:37:17 - Neutrinos are a thing, but barely. A detector in Antarctica has found a few that we're pretty sure are from outside the solar system. Ben explains, but will he beat the duck?

00:50:16 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like neutrinos, they come in several flavors and are hard to catch. The guys are awed when Ryan reveals a donation from John P. as well as an e-mail about all the good work he's doing helping the people of rural Ghana get better medical care, all while sporting a Science... sort of magnet on his laptop. Maybe more awesome than we can handle. Thanks, John! Ben reads an e-mail about the pronunciation of the letter 'z' from Guy D. but forgets why he's being informed in the first place (Hint: Episode - 171). Patrick presents a new addition to the Brachiolope Media Gallery courtesy of a drawing made by Anothy and posted to DeskSketch. Thanks, Anothy!


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


Music for this week's show:

Justify My Thug - Jay Z

Oh What A Beautiful Mornin' - Hugh Jackman (Yes, that Hugh Jackman)

Elysium - Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard

The Arrival - Atmosphere

Direct download: Ep_177_Science..._sort_of_-_Old_and_Cold.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

00:00:00 - According to Charlie, we're watching Saturn's moon Titan at a very special time in it's life. Specifically, it's runnin gout of methane, and all the other -anes to boot. How do we know? What does this mean? And will Ryan's plan to sell Titan survival matches work? Tune in to find out.

00:16:07 - Drinks, especially the kind we like to have on the show, are, like Titan, usually enriched in volatiles. Patrick procures a Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas. Charlie is sipping on the OG volatile, H2O. And Ryan has a disconcerted but not too shabby Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout from Wykoop Brewing Co. (with special thanks for

00:21:52 - Trailer Trash Talk gets a bit awkward as the guys discuss the happenings portrayed in the very dry, very indie, comedy Computer Chess.

00:32:37 - In our latest installment of "science testing common sense" turns out a nice walk in the park is good for you brain. The guys discuss their thoughts on the research, as well as how they handle the brain fatigue that accompanies the academic lifestyle.

00:51:14 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like brain fatigue, they show up usually once a day after lunch. We start things off with the end of the Flyer Content 2013! Charlie uses to determine our three grand prize winners and our two runners up! Grand prize winners: Chris H., Dayna D., and Robert C. Congrats! You three win a t-shirt AND some science trading cards from Blue dot prints. Runners up: Shanna H. and Sam H. You both get some science trading cards! Thanks to everyone who participated in helping spread the word about the show. And a special thanks to Robert C. for creating a brand new flyer for us, available soon. Patrick reads a touching iTunes review from Irish Jazz, and Ryan wraps things up with a new recurring donation from Chris G. Thanks, Chris!


If you're went to the website because of the Summer of Love 2013, leave us a comment letting us know it worked! And thanks for stopping by!


Music for this week's show provided by:

Moon River - Andy Williams

Big Ball's In Cow Town - Asleep At The Wheel

Chess - Rivers Cuomo

Walkabout - The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Direct download: Ep_176_Science..._sort_of_-_Insane_in_the_Methbrain.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:18am EDT

Instead of talking about a trailer this week we're talking an ENTIRE MOVIE! Ben, Ryan, and new-to-the-podcast Jesse B. Grove V spend some time going over the ins and outs of the newest addition to the long line of Superman films: Man of Steel.

Things get off to a weird Marxist start, but end up covering some of the following:

Enjoy this cathartic episode of the podcast, and be sure to check out Jesse's webcomic, Eating the Bar, and all the other great shows on the Brachiolope Media Network!

Music for this week's show provided by:

Main Title from Superman - John Williams (what else could it possibly be?)

Direct download: Special_Edition_10_Science..._sort_of_-_Man_of_Steel.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:04pm EDT

00:00:00 - Scifund is expanding into more than just funding, now they're teaching scientists how to do outreach to the public! Patrick and Ryan sit down with two of the instructors (Jai and Kelly) and two of the students (Jane and Meg) to hash out how it all went down. Part 1 of the conversation focuses on the instructors and just how they put this class together.

00:23:55 - Drinks can lead to outreach, but also fights, so be careful out there in outreach-land. Patrick sets the tone with Batch 19, which he and Ryan agree was a dirty trick by MillerCoors, but could have been worse. Meg made the beer that she, Jane, and Ryan are all enjoying. Ryan is having a doppelbock, while Jane and Meg sup a maibock. Which Jai confuses with a Maybach. But that confusion may be because he's having methanol, which is not OK. And now that DOMA is unconstitutional, Kelly is reconsidering her relationship with Guinness. Fun fact: Guinness is also the home of the Student's t-test in addition to tasty beers, chronicled in a book Meg enjoyed called The Lady Tasting Tea.

00:33:28 - Trailer Trash Talk has roughly 100% less Idris Elba than last week, a fact repeatedly noticed by Jai as he and everyone else try to make sense of the preview for Europa Report. Jai, in between Elba-love, also mentions the implausibility of the entire premise based on a book he read called Mankind Beyond Earth.

00:51:59 - Part 2 of our discussion is all about the participants. So post-docs Jane Zelikova and Meg Mobley talk about just what they got out of taking this class, and how that will affect their own outreach down the line.

01:29:32 - PaleoPOWs comprise 1 of the 4 best segments of the podcast. Kelly starts us off with a donation from Robert M., who wants to know how distributed his donation will be in support of the rest of the Brachiolope Media Network. Patrick presents an idea from Matthew P. concerning extra frog legs and parasites. Much discussion ensues, indicating that it was very likely a good point. Ryan finishes out the segment with a Facebook post from Andrew S. all about his podcast fidelity. We'd love to believe you Andrew, but we've been hurt before.


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


Music for this week's show:

Come Downstairs And Say Hello - Guster

I Go Blind - Hootie and the Blowfish

Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

I Can Learn - The White Stripes

Direct download: Ep_175_Science..._sort_of_-_Reaching_Out.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:35am EDT

00:00:00 - Boeing has just broken the record for hypersonic flight with the X-51A Wavereider. It's a cool concept and totally not going to be used for weapons until it's used for weapons in which case it will in fact be weaponized. To tell us all about this breakthrough we brought in Joe Batwinis, who along with Jacob have a new podcast in our network called Technically SpeakingYou will enjoy it, we promise.

00:23:26 - Drinks sometimes get technical, depending how long the guys let Ryan talk before cutting him off. Patrick is not shocked to learn that Ryan has already had a Phin & Matt's Extraordinary Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company. Ryan tries something different with some HopHead Vodka from Anchor Distilling Company. Joe makes up for his Pepsi Max with some foley artistry. And Jacob is nursing some Jameson on the rocks from his newly built bar.

00:35:22 - This week's Trailer Trash Talk has a truly heated discussion about the upcoming robots-punching kaiju summer blockbuster, Pacific Rim.

00:48:49 - Patrick was fascinated to learn that there are an infinite number of paired primes. But the real question is, why are primes so fascinating in the first place?

01:03:39 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like prime numbers, hard to predict and seemingly without a pattern. Joe initiates himself with a Facebook post from William J. who is working his way through the back catalog in an attempt to catch up. Ryan has a new recurring donation from Scott D. Thanks, Scott! Jacob has a long e-mail from upset Swede Joakim W., but who was generous enough to provide all the music for this week's show via his recording project Alpha Mound. Thanks, Joakim! And Patrick ends on a sour note with a 1-Star iTunes review from JoeSixpack. Oh well.


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 (all available for FREE download):

Passively Stoked - Alpha Mound

Fractal Froth - Alpha Mound

Stagnant Seas - Alpha Mound

Geometry of Vacuum - Alpha Mound

Direct download: Ep_174_Science..._sort_of_-_Hyperprime.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT

00:00:00 - Scientists are now using old government drones to monitor volcano activity in Costa Rica. Thus we bring together our resident engineer, Jacob, and fan-favorite Latin American volcanologist, Abe, to discuss this new cool use of technology.

00:17:53 - Drinks can keep you cool and refreshed when near a volcano. Abe has a Meantime Coffee Porter, Ben slurps some Korean plum juice, and Jacob overstates his Dos Equis Amber. Ryan concocts a mint julep, complete with muddler.

00:26:38 - Ben writes papers about him, Abe is an immigrant like him, Jacob helps people fly like him, and Ryan just loves him; all of which is discussed in this week's Trailer Trash Talk of Man of Steel.

00:52:01 - The 3-body problem does not describe a love triangle, it's actually a physics thing. The timer duck comes out for Ben to tell us all about some new solutions to this old problem.

01:08:03 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like physics problems, hard to understand and with ambiguous solutions. Abe rereads an e-mail from Blair H. down in Antarctica, but Blair also sent us a donation which is awesome. Thanks, Blair! Ryan has a donation as well from Wade W. who also wants us to know that he's heading back to school thanks in part to Episode 110 - Back to School. Congrats on the renewed education and thanks for the cash! Jacob takes Ben to task with a voicemail from Tim in Gillette, WY. And finally, Randall H. wants answer to just how long a straw needs to be for it to foil even Superman. Ben answers... sort of.


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Music for this week's show provided by:

Have to Explode - The Mountain Goats

One Mint Julep - Ray Charles

Save Me - Remy Zero

Three - Massive Attack

Direct download: Ep_173_Science..._sort_of_-_Steel_Bodies_In_Motion.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

00:00:00 - The elusive yeti, Justin Yeakel, joins Ryan and Patrick to talk about networks! What is a network? How are they useful in science and in life? And other stuch questions may very well be answered. Read more about Justin's work on his blog.

00:17:00 - Drinks are one way people try to network. Justin laments the expense of Canadian beer, but still manages to enjoy his End of Reason by Gigantic Brewing. Patrick thanks his sister for the gift of a Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery. And Ryan puts himself through the heat of a bottle of Ghost Face Killah from the Twisted Pine Brewing Company.

00:25:49 - Justin conflates a couple of the recently released sci-fi movies of the year, but we eventually get Trailer Trash Talk on track enough to talk about the new Smith^2 movie After Earth.

00:34:07 - Hearkening back to the very first episode of Science... sort of, we decide to discussion the acquisition of Star Wars by Disney. And while we may be sparse on the details, we do want to congratulate George Lucas on his decision to give a lot of the money made from the purchase to education charities. Finally, Justin and Ryan impress upon Patrick (i.e. the only one on the show with kids) the importance of the Machete Order.

00:54:25 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like machetes, used improperly they can really hurt an unsuspecting gringo. Ryan has a voicemail and donation from Will T. who wants to thank us for introducing him to Daniel H. Wilson, among other things. Patrick has a recurring donation from Luke J. across the pond. Thanks so much to both Will and Luke!


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:

Cuffed & Linked - The Reigning Monarchs

Pain for Pleasure - Sum 41

Before and After - Lyrics Born

The Star Wars That I Used To Know - Israel Curtis

Direct download: Ep_172_Science..._sort_of_-_Net_Wars.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:41pm EDT

00:00:00 - Katie McKissick, creator of the Beatrice the Biology and contributor to Symbiartic, joins Ben and Ryan to talk about the highs and lows of making comics about biology. (NOTE TO PARENTS: The language does get a bit salty, it is biology after all.) Katie has also recently put out a book of her comics, Amoeba Hugs and Other Nonsense, which you would be an utter fool not to buy.

00:38:39 - Drinks go into your biology and that can be a good thing. Katie has a Gams-bart Roggenbier from Los Angeles Ale Works, aka her husband's brewery! Ben enjoys some sticky sweet soursop juice. And Ryan makes a Corpse Reviver #2 in honor of a certain holiday.

00:49:24 - We talk about zombies often, so how could we avoid covering the trailer for the upcoming fire monkey zombie movie World War Z. And don't forget, we talked to the author of the book, Max Brooks, back in episode 66.

01:13:14 - Some clever chaps at the Max Plank Institute have released their findings readjusting the ratios of dark energy, dark matter, and regular matter. Ben takes a long time to explain this and Ryan forgot to turn on the timer duck. Sorry Christina! (And really everyone else too.)

01:41:52 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like constants in phyisics, they change all the time. Ryan has a generous donation from Bryan E. Thanks, Bryan! And Trevor R. wants to know what's up with this "archive" thing. Turns out it's spelled arXiv and you can go there to learn stuff.


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Music for this week's show provided by:

The Plank - The Devil Makes Three

Payday at the Pub - Slim Dusy

Search and Destroy - The Stooges

I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys

Direct download: Ep_171_Science..._sort_of_-_Beatrice_Walks_The_Plank.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:35am EDT

00:00:00 - Erin Barker and Ben Lillie of The Story Collider live show and podcast join Patrick and Ryan to discuss the magic of science disseminated via story. We also talk about their successful Kickstart of Science Studio, featuring a little podcast you may know and enjoy. Be sure to check out their podcast, especially the episode featuring our very own Kelly Weinersmith! (and some guy she brought along to help.)

00:27:05 - Drinks often lead to stories, so let's have some. Patrick embraces Spring with an Old Dominion Cherry Blossom Lager. Charlie cuts through the nonsense with a Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye. And Ryan keep is "local" with some Buffalo Bill Cody Rye Ale!

00:.33:10 - Speaking of stories, how about a new one featuring some old characters, which is exactly what we have in this week's Trailer Trash Talk with Star Trek Into Darkness.

00:44:58 - Charlie also has a story to tell, it's all about big batteries and their applications. Apparently your best bet to charge your phone is a big tub of water. It makes more sense when Charlie explains it.

01:05:51 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like batteries, they never last as long as you think. Patrick gets a stern correction from Bec B. concerning his bungling of Australian geography, but she softens the blow with some cold hard cash. Thanks, Bec! Charlie has an update from Antarctic pilot Blair H. who exposed his Science... sort of  T-shirt to the open air near the South Pole (here's the photo for proof). HARDCORE. And Ryan wraps things up by unwrapping some sweet science cards from Jonathan Horn at Blue Dot Prints. Jon sent enough that we'll be including packs to winners of the Flyer Contest, so get on it and be sure to thank Jon for your good fortune!


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:

Might Tell You Tonight - Scissor Sisters

Ruthless - Something Corporate

The Dark of the Matinée - Franz Ferdinand

Battery - Aesop Rock

Direct download: Ep_170_Science..._sort_of_-_Story_Time.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:57am EDT


Derek Mead, the Editor in Chief of Motherboard came out to visit Ryan and so of course they sat down on the mic to talk about CATS! (And yes, the photo is Derek and Ryan out looking for cats in Costa Rica.)

No time stamps for this one. We were drinking an Incredible Hop Series Rye IPA from the Fort Collins Brewery and a cheeky nip of some Balcones True Blue cask strength Texas corn whiskey.

And here are the stories we talked about:

And we end with Derek and Ryan quizzing each other on science trivia using the Science Trivia Quiz Book by Matt Silverman which Ryan bought at a used bookstore for a buck.


Thanks for listening and be sure to check out all the great content available from the Brachiolope Media Network and our friends over at Motherboard!


Music for this episode:

Black Cat - Black Mountain (Only available in the In the Future [Deluxe] album)


Image credit: Ryan and his buddy Garren

Direct download: Special_Edition_9_Science..._sort_of_-_The_Feline_Phenomenon.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

00:00:00 - Charlie tells us about an elegant new study which has shed light on just what type of ocean might be sloshing around under the ice of Europa (see Episode 15 for a Europa refresher). Jacob and Ryan are impressed by both the science and Charlie's explanation.

00:19:21 - Drinking salt water is a bad idea, but good thing that's not what we're having. Jacob is under the weather with a cold so Ryan shares his Hot Toddy recipe, in a mug combine:

  • 1/4-1/2 fresh lemon juice
  • few spoonfuls of honey
  • shot of booze (bourbon, brandy, rum all work)
  • fill mug with hot water
  • garnish with cloves pushed into a lemon peel
  • ENJOY!

Ryan is influenced by Charlie's travels and as such is having a Wilco Tango Foxtrot from Lagunitas. Whereas Charlie came back with a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from his trip to Napa Valley.

00:26:04 - Trailer Trash Talk dives back into the Marvel Universe to chat about the continued adventures of everyone's favorite iron-clad avenger in the upcoming Iron Man 3. Ryan also remembers that he's been working with Marvel on the comics side to help promote some upcoming Iron Man stories. Read all 3 parts of the interview herehere, and here.

00:40:15 - A Seattle bar bans Google Glass before they even hit the market. But what is Google Glass? Do we want it? Should we want it? Big thoughts are discussed.

00:54:56 - PaleoPOWs are lot like dive bars, we ban things that would never get in anyways. Jacob announces a new recurring donation from Zach G. who had our show accompany him along the entirety of the Appalachian Trail. Thanks and congratulations, Zach! Ryan clears up a few questions that have been bugging Graeme N. about the show's music, fossil ink, and some stuff that Ben said about the center of the universe. And Charlie ends it all with a classic 5-star iTunes review from Sephiroth209.


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Music for this week's show provided by:

Ocean Breathes Salty - Modest Mouse

Hot-Hot-Hot - Arrow

Iron Man - Jack Urbont (Only available as the whole album)

Spying Glass - Massive Attack

Direct download: Ep_169_Science..._sort_of_-_Ice_Iron_and_Glass.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:28pm EDT

00:00:00 - According to 'science' frogs are growing too many legs. However, as Carl Zimmer points out, sussing out the cause of the excess is a tricky matter indeed. You may have heard it was pollution, but what about the parasites? Kelly explains.

00:22:03 - Drinks can contain both pollution and parasites. A good way to defend against the former is to make sure your drink includes ethanol. Patrick accomplishes this with an Elliot Ness from the Great Lakes Brewing Company. Kelly goes a step further contaminating her beer with coffee in the form of  a Thunderstruck Coffee Porter from Highland Brewing Company. And Ryan sips a concoction of his own creation in the form of a Tequila Sazerac inspired by some awesome antarctic glassware care of Abe and Bev!

00:27:55 - Next the gang is off to a more colorful land as they discuss the myth and the tech behind the upcoming spectacle Oz the Great and Powerful in Trailer Trash Talk!

00:42:19 - Patrick then tells us about the all too real marine super'crocs' of death that used to roam the seas. What were they? Where do they fit? And what is Patrick's favorite Crocodylmorph?

00:57:37 - PaleoPOWs are lot like crocodiles, their classification continues to prove difficult and confusing. Kelly has an e-mail from Summer in Seattle letting us know that she saw a video of an anaconda vomiting up an entire cow and that it reminded her of us. Thanks? Ryan has a glowing iTunes review from ViTuanPeterPhan, who like any good reviewer, tells us how far along in the back catalog he is (ep 79 as of this posting). Lastly, Patrick has a very generous donation from a Bryan A., whom Patrick is convinced is a celebrity. Regardless, thanks Bryan!


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:

Jump Around - House of Pain

Oh Catherine, My Catherine - WIDOWER (Available on Bandcamp)

We're off to see the Wizard - Harold Arlen

Swamp Fang - Rolla Olak

Direct download: Ep_168_Science..._sort_of_-_Lifestyles_of_the_Cold_and_Aquatic.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:13am EDT

00:00:00 - Thiw week the Paleopals are joined by Joe Hanson from the It's Okay To Be Smart blog and PBS digitial series of the same name. We chat about what brought Joe into the wacky world of science outreach.

00:21:56 - Drinks are thought to help with the being smart. They may be wrong but we don't want to risk it so we have some. Joe is enjoying a manhattan with Basil Haydens and Hella Bitters. Jacob feels like he's finally outdone Ryan with his Roxie's Finest Imperial Cream Ale from The Bold City Brewery. Ryan counters with the Caynon Cream Ale from Crow Creak Brewing, there may be nothing imperial about it but it was a gift from listener Daniel E. Thanks, Daniel! Patrick expecting a crazy night pulls out a Mad Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company.

00:28:49 - Trailer Trash Talk heads to the suburbs to explore the 'mysteries' of 'alien' 'abductions' in the preview for Dark Skies.

00:46:59 - Joe Hanson sticks around for more science chat, particularly his experience at Science Online 13, which of course sends of the down the rabbit hole of yet more chat about the joys of communicating science.

01:10:26 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like being smart, under appreciated and in need of reassurance. Patrick kicks it off with a donation from Terrence R. with a nice little message accompanying it. Thanks, Terrence! Jacob updates us on the Russian language thanks to an e-mail from Moe S. Also, join our Steam Group. Games are fun! Ryan, yet again, jumped the gun with his beer earlier in the show, so thanks again, Daniel!


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Music for this week's show provided by:

That's Okay - The Hush Sound

Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound - Hank Williams Jr.

Bad Dreams - Lyrics Born

Disorganized Fun - Ronald Jenkees

Direct download: Ep_167_Science..._sort_of_-_Its_Okay_To_Be_Sort_Of_Smart.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06am EDT

00:00:00 - We get a bit distracted talking about mythical winds in the opening but that soon blows over and we're left with part 1 of Ryan's interview with Daniel H. Wilson about his novel Amped coming out in paperback as well as the history of sci-fi writing and the state of modern book burners.

00:26:23 - Since Daniel told us about his favorite Portland brews and donuts, Ryan braves Rogue's Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale, which was not good, but thanks to a donation from James K. was able to wash it down with a Shocktop Midnight Wheat. Thanks, James! Patrick was also gifted a beer by his sister Courtney, in this case a Newcastle Werewolf which is about as disappointing as all the werewolf movies Patrick has forced his wife to sit through. On the other hand, Charlie is loving his Rockwall Wine Company Zinfandel.

00:36:54 - This week we try something a bit different for Trailer Trash Talk by pondering the future of TV on demand thanks to Netflix's ambitious House of Cards.

00:52:31 - Time for part 2 of Ryan's interview with author Daniel H. Wilson. This time: Turing testsUltron, raising kids while thinking about AI, and affirmation from others. Enjoy!

01:10:43 - PaleoPOWs are lot like Turing Tests; we can be pretty sure the person writing the e-mail is human, but we can never be certain. Ryan jumped the gun in the drinking segment so nothing to report here. Charlie reads some of the recent iTunes reviews glorifying Ben from the likes of chmegs013 and majorham. And Patrick has a glowing e-mail from Emily H. who managed to enjoy the podcasts of the Brachiolope Media Network even without internet!


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Music for this week's show provided by:

Shadow Stabbing - Cake

Midnight Show - The Killers

House of Cards - Radiohead

Synthetic Dreams - 9dw (from the playlist Die Galaktischen Roboter)

Direct download: Ep_166_Science..._sort_of_-_Paradigm_Shifted.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT

00:00:00 - We start the show off with the announcement that Ryan Brown (of Ep 134) is the newest blogger for the PaleocaveHe hops on to tell us about just what he intends to say with his new platform and how he recently plugged us on actual radio. We then immediately follow that up with Charlie reading two e-mails from Theopolis W. and Ronald I. asking about things dropping beneath absolute zero and Ben doing his darnedest to explain.

00:27:28 - Drinks are things that only exist at a temperature where they are still liquids. Ryan collaborates with a "The Perfect Crime" only to be told he's racist by Charlie. Ben branches out with a Sprite in a fancy cup that he "smushed" with oranges. No one else knows what the word means. The proper term is "muddled." Charlie is calling back to an old favorite that Ryan tries to guess and fails. It was a Hop Henge from Deschutes and is Charlie's 3rd favorite beer (subject to change without notice).

00:35:03 - This week on Trailer Trash Talk it pays to have a few physicists around when Charlie and Ben manage to somehow explain the mehanics of the upcoming film Upside Down.

00:50:54 - Nams n Nachos wanted us all to know that dung beetles use the Milky Way for orientation. We agree that this is information worth sharing.

01:03:38 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like a dung beetling rolling dung. It probably serves a purpose, but most people don't care to find out what that is. Purpose number one is to give Zach Weinersmith a change to plug the Kickstarter for his new book, as well his and Kelly's appearance on Story Collider, and Ben's podcast. Charlie jumped the gun by forcing Ben to explain absolute zero (see above). Ryan presents a new recurring donation from Christina H. who wants to become the official sponsor of the Timer Duck! We accept! And we utilize said donation immediately by having Ben explain Joseph F.'s conservation of black hole mass question, a real doozy and the type of question perfect for Timer Duck implementation.


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Music for this week's show provided by:

My Freeze Ray - Neil Patrick Harris

The Perfect Crime - The Decemberists

All Falls Down (Feat. Syleena) - Kanye West

Roll Away Your Stone - Mumford & Sons

Direct download: Ep_165_Science..._sort_of_-_Dung_and_Dunger.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

00:00:00 - The coffee culture of the Pacific Northwest puts the world at risk yet again. This time it's all the excreted caffeine getting into our oceans, which could have nasty affects on marine life down the line, but could also serve as an indicator of other contaminants. Either way, we still can't function without java and of course...

00:16:32 - booze. Not the best part of waking up, but still an important part of the day. Patrick refers to another aquatic disaster with his Burning River Pale Ale. Charlie and Ryan laugh at the mishaps that led to Lagunitas Sucks. And Ryan goes over the top with a 1000 IBU by Mikkeller.

00:24:56 - Trailer Trash Talk goes beyond the sea by going beneath the surface in the upcoming Soviet submarine movie Phantom.

00:37:04 - Abigail W., natural artist extraordinaire, asked us to look over a new paper claiming that Edicaran organisms may have started on land and not the sea, but does the claim hold water?

00:59:59 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like paleosols, if you try hard enough, you can see them everywhere you look. Patrick jumped the gun in the previous segment. Charlie thanks Gabrial A., who hopes Kelly is back on the show soon, for a donation. Thanks, Gabrial! And Ryan has a question from Greg B. wanting to know why humans have evolved to be so smart... or have we?


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:

Coffee Shop - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Cleveland Rocks - The Presidents of the United States of America

Little Black Submarines - The Black Keys

Beyond the Sea (Live) - Boddy Darin

Direct download: Ep_164_Science..._sort_of_-_Beyond_The_Sea.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:02am EDT

00:00:00 - Massimo Pigliucci returns to the show to talk about his new book, Answers for Aristotle. Part 1 of our interview barely scratches the surface for how science and philosophy (aka SciPhy) can help YOU answer some of life's biggest questions.

00:27:49 - In our estimation, one of the big questions of life is, "What are you drinking?" Kelly answers with a Cabernet Sauvignon. Ryan has a multivariate cocktail including some barrel-aged gin from Smooth Ambler, some homemade tonic water using a Sodastream and Jack Rudy tonic syrup, and, of course, a splash of lime. Jacob kicks back Hofbräu Dunkel.

00:35:06 - Jacob announces a new, and hopefully more scientific direction, for Trailer Trash Talk for 2013, beginning with Tom Cruise's latest scientifical sci-fi flick Oblivion.

00:49:56 - Part 2 of our interview with Massimo begins with Jacob getting us off topic on science philosophy and science literacy. Plus some of the specifics for finding your own eudaimonia. Make sure you read Ryan's review of the book and buy your own copy! Thanks again to Massimo for giving us some of his time and make sure to check out his own blog and podcast!

01:24:53 - PaleoPOWs are quite philosophical, in that the uninformed don't quite get the point, but trust us, it matters. Kelly kicks off with an iTunes review from Tzeros who assaults our comedy chops, but after giving us 5-stars we don't really care what the words are. Ryan is rapturous thanks to a donation from Cameron L. Thanks, Cameron! And Jacob closes us out with a Facebook comment via James C. regarding a Vonnegut misremembering, which Jacob deleted like a punk, so now James is in charge of Jacob's admin status. Take him down, James!


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:

Feelin' Alright - Sweatshop Union

Love is Like a Bottle of Gin - The Magnetic Fields

Inside Out - Eve 6

Washin' + Wonderin' - Stroke 9

Direct download: Ep_163_Science..._sort_of_-_La_Bella_Vita.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:16am EDT

00:00:00 - Jetpacks may still be a dream, but robo-cars are coming to a road near you very soon. How will these cars perform when there's a life on the line? The Paleopals discuss the burgeoning field of robo-ethics based on an article in The New Yorker by Gary Marcus.

00:23:44 - Since the Paleopals don't usually record from a car, robotic or otherwise, it's safe for them to have a drink. Kelly's parents hooked her up with a Strongbow cider. Patrick get's poetic with New Holland Brewing's oatmeal stout The Poet. And Ryan mixed up an Aged to Perfection cocktail, which Patrick compares to salad dressing.

00:29:17 - This week in Trailer Trash Talk the Paleopals try to wrap their heads around Jeff Syke's suggested preview but likely only serve to spoil the finally released John Dies at the End.

00:43:32 - Science fraud is a problem, but one that Gary Marcus has some ideas on how to fix. The Paleopals try to stay on topic while discussing how to fix all of science. No big deal.

01:06:49 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like robotic cars, not to be trusted. Jesse W. wants to know Kelly's opinion on kleptoparasites: are they brilliant or lazy? YOU DECIDE! Patrick promotes Jordan Gledhill's webcomic, rm - Rf /who featured a certain cryptid in it's most recent comic. And Alexis H. used the only resources at her disposal, markers, to craft some holiday inspired Brachiolopes to send to Ryan.


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:

Car Crash - Matt Nathanson

Where is my bow? - The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Ready to Die - Andrew W. K.

No Quick Fix - Nada Surf

Direct download: Ep_162_Science..._sort_of_-_A_Better_Tomorrow_Tomorrow.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:54pm EDT