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 - 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