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 - We first learn that Ben is not great at telling stories, but also that there was a guy Fermi who is known for one thing when he really did many thing. The thing he's known for is asking where all the aliens are, and while there are some pretty interesting potential answers to his questions (including Dyson Spheres as discussed on The Titanium Physicists), this week we're focusing on the new addition to the mythos: what if no one is out there because the zombies got them first?


00:30:06 - Zombies don't appear to be affected by alcohol, but living humans are and in a healthy amount we can even enjoy it. Abe kicks back an Anchor California Lager. Ben enjoys a Coco Rico, which causes Abe and Ryan to act very strange. And Ryan inevitably has The Last Word.


00:35:58 - Viruses, are they alive or what? Who knows, maybe The Weekly Weinersmith does. What we do know is that we found some viruses frozen in Siberia for 30,000 years and the best solution seemed to be to thaw them out and bring them back to life. What could possibly go wrong? In reality, almost nothing, they're not infectious to humans. Still a cool story though.


00:50:09 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like viruses; they probably serve a purpose but oftentimes just make you feel sick. Abe is happy to announce a new recurring donation from Logan S., who really liked Troll Hunter and wanted to know if we ever ended up seeing it after doing the trailer. You'll never guess our answer! Also, if you want to bribe Ben into doing more episodes, consider supporting him on Patreon. Ben comments on an article Nazhuret left on our Facebook page about Canada's increasingly poor handling of science. Boo hiss, Candada. Ryan finishes up with another donation from Liam T., who asks that people go fill out a survey about sexual and gender identity as it relates to mental health. It's open to all and will help him complete his graduate work, so consider donating a bit of time to that cause. Any questions can be addressed to him directly via e-mail.



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Music for this week's show:

Walking Contradiction - Green Day

Sink - Big City Rock

Come Back Around - Feeder

Direct download: Ep_212_Science..._sort_of_-_Dead_and_Alive.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

It's time again for our annual Thanksgiving show! That means all feedback this week, all from PaleoPosse who have been kind enough to give us a bit of their hard-earned cash to help us keep producing this podcast for y'all.


 00:00:00 - Our first PaleoPOW of the week comes from Joshua W., who is worried that microbes might be out there causing mass extinctions. We do our best to comfort him with cold hard science, so maybe not actually that comforting after all.


00:12:35 - One form of comfort is having a drink with your friends, so let's try that. This segment is actually brought to us by Clay the Human, who has started a recurring donation specifically to support the drinking segment. Thanks, Clay! Patrick sups some fine Basil Hayden bourbon, and gets a bit defensive about his use of an ice cube. Ryan, having recently returned from Sweden, has a sampling of various liquors of which Charlie suggests one of the aquavits. He drinks out of it from a shotglass sent in to our mailing address by superfan and donor Morgan M. Skol, Morgan! Since it was in a tiny airplane bottle, a beer is in order. Since Thanksgiving is the biggest meal of the year, Ryan has the biggest beer in his fridge a 5 Monks Quintupel Ale by Avery coming in at a whopping 19.39%. Charlie has an Emissary Imperial Stout in his Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association mug, because he likes some fish with his beer. 


00:28:17  - Clay the Human also had a question basically wanting us to discuss how on Earth we're going to continue surviving as a species... on Earth. We each have our own takes, leading Charlie to get philosophical about things. No great shock. We end with a voicemail from David who wants to wish up a happy Thanksgiving and gives us a truly wonderful gift. 



Don't forget to check out our Winter Solstice Gift Guide for 2014! Thanks for listening, and a special thanks to everyone who supports the show! Be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!



Music for this week's show:

It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.

Helen går - Traditional Swedish Drinking Song 

Direct download: Ep_211_Science..._sort_of_-_Giving_Thanks_V.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT

0:00:00 - Abe and Ryan are joined by Vanessa Knutson, who studies nudibranchs at the California Academy of Sciences (where we've recorded before). She recently described a few new species of these beautiful citters, and published those results for anyone to read right here. We chat with her about the process of finding and describing a new invertebrate, as well as opportunities for women in science. Contribute directly to women in science by visiting the crowdfunding site Instrumentl.


00:38:42 - Living underwater means drinking basically all the time, but for us on the land drinking is an event worth sharing. This week Abe is drinking a 120 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head. Vanessa enjoys some Dihydrogen Monoxide to highlight California's recent and ongoing troubles with keeping the populace hydrated. Ryan stalls his way through eating some hákarl and washes it down with the brennivín in true Icelandic fashion.


00:48:50 - Moving on to vertebrates, we discuss why a certain group of sea snakes evolved smaller than expected heads. You'll have to listen to find out the answer.


01:15:31 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like sea snakes; they're pretty, but deadly. Abe presents a recurring donation from Jacob H. Thanks Jacob! You're literally the reason we keep doing the show. Ryan has a simple but delightful e-mail from Robin M. We're also giving away a copy of the indie game Incredipede on Steam to any donor who'd like it. Come get yours!



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Music for this week's show:

The Spanish Dancer - Abraham Padilla (he played it live, so there's no link)

Rotting - Green Day

All The Small Things - blink-182

Direct download: Ep_210_Science..._sort_of_-_Life_is_the_Bubbles.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT

00:00:00 - Patrick and Ryan are joined by Jasper Akerboom and Jason Osborne, who collaborated to make a beer with yeast harvested from fossils. The beer, Bone Dusters from Lost Rhino Brewing Company, involved diving into swamps for fossils, swabbing protocetids for cultures, and dealing with all the trials and tribulations of a yeast strain cultivated from a bone. It's a good story, and by all accounts a good beer. 


00:21:14 - Speaking of beers, we're all having some. Jasper is having an Elder Wright, appropriately made by the aforementioned Lost Rhino. Jason was having a vodka tonic, but all our beer talk forced him to switch to an cellared Bone Dusters. Patrick is fighting a sore throat with the help of a hot toddy. And Ryan tries to keep everything thematic with a Mikkeller's Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.


00:29:25 - The second segment is all about what Jason and Jasper do when they're not busy brewing. Jason helps run PaleoQuest, a non-profit organization dedicated to espousing the value of geology and paleontology to the general public. Jasper runs JasperYeast, a company dedicated to providing brewers with really good yeast, which is also very important, as far as we're concerned. 


00:54:17 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like collaboration beers: they both take multiple parties working together to complete, and everyone hopes they turn out at least OK. Patrick starts things off by thanking a former recurring donor Leonard A. Leonard gave us some cash each month for a bit, but for whatever reason had to quit. No hard feelings, Leonard; we appreciate the support while you were able to do so, and that holds true for everyone else who gave for awhile but then had to stop. Thanks everyone! And especially Leonard! Ryan presents a most impressive offering from none other than Kevin Kelly, who was kind enough to mention us in his latest book Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities which is really awesome and we're honored to be included. The book has other stuff besides us, so it's definitely worth checking out. Finally, this week's game giveaway is Deadlight, an awesome zombie platformer set in 1980's Seattle. If you're a donor e-mail in to get the Steam code!



This week's episode was brought to you by Downcast, a podcasting app for people who are fed up with terrible ones. Not only are they sponsoring the show, but they gave us some promo codes to give away! If you want the app, e-mail us and say so; you'll be happy you did! Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!



Music for this week's show:

Bag of Bones - Pokey Lafarge

Lost in You - Sugarcult

My Bones Are Gonna Rise Again - Pine Hill Haints

Direct download: Ep_209_Science..._sort_of_-_Yeast_from_a_Beast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:50pm EDT

00:00:00 - Arthur C. Clarke wrote in 2010: Odyssey Two that the center of Jupiter was one giant diamond. He probably never expected to be right... sort of. A new model suggests that conditions on Jupiter and Saturn may be right to have diamonds forming in the atmosphere and raining down from above. Pretty trippy stuff, science.


00:23:00 - Most drinks don't cause a trip, but there's only one way to find out for sure: drinking them. Jacob insults Ryan by daring to bring a pre-mixed Zombie cocktail from Bacardi on the show. Tsk tsk. Abe enjoys a Dunkel from Prost Brewing Company. And Ryan gets weird with a Tangerine Dreamsicle collaboration beer from Terrapin Beer Company and Green Flash Brewing Company.


00:31:40 - Jacob hasn't been on the show much lately, so Abe and Ryan demand some answers. Turns out he's been teaching children science as part of Club Scientific. I guess teaching the next generation is an OK excuse...


00:59:49 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like summer camp, you develop very strong bonds and then don't talk for a year. Ryan presents a new recurring donation from Bonnie D. Thanks, Bonnie! Jacob ponders an e-mail on mosquito control techniques inspired by Episode 154 from Mark G. And finally Abe has a new 5-star iTunes review from a user whose name I'd rather not type. Sorry, guy, but thanks for the kind words!  



Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts, and be sure to come to our live show in San Francisco as part of the Bay Area Science Festival’s Nerd Nite Block Party next week on Oct 24th!  


The video game giveaway this week is Bioshock 2! First donor to e-mail us and ask for it gets a free Steam copy, enjoy!



Music for this week's show:

Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey

Sweet Tangerine - The Hush Sound

Kids - Childish Gambino (from the album Camp)

Direct download: Ep_208_Science..._sort_of_-_Camping_on_a_Diamond_Sea.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:29pm EDT

00:00:00 - Dr. Robert McAfee joins Ryan to discuss all things sltohs! Finally, Ryan gets to just cut loose. First up on the docket, were giant ground sloths sneaking meat meals in between the leaves? There's some evidence to suggest that they were, but do these two slothologists believe it?


00:29:29 - No good sloth discussion happens without beer. Robert enjoys his Easter Bunny Vs Unicorn wheat wine as it warms. Ryan, failing to find anything from Ohio, settles for a There Went the Neighborhood by Black Bottle Brewery.


00:36:11 - Robert has found that when people find out he studies sloths, the typically ask about Sid the Sloth from the Ice Age movie series. A discussion of the first two movies, with particular emphasis on xenarthran representation, ensues.


01:14:24 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like ice ages, they come on ya fast, and they leave ya fast. (The accuracy of the previous statement has not been verified in any way.) Only one this week, but it's a goodie from Maria Q. all about SLOTHS from her homeland of Costa Rica. She sent some amazing photos and pronunciation corrections for Ryan which he admits to purposefully ignoring because... muppets. Finally, be sure to check out Robert's website, Sloth Search, dedicated to all the sloth research out there he can manage to catalog.



Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts, and be sure to come to our live show in San Francisco as part of the Bay Area Science Festival's Nerd Nite Block Party next week on Oct 24th!



Music for this week's show:

Sloths - SNL Digital Short

Warm Beer and Cold Women - Tom Waits

Send Me On My Way - Rusted Root

Direct download: Ep_207_Science..._sort_of_-_Drop_Bears_from_South_America.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

00:00:00 - Ryan is join by J. Leighton Reid to talk about birds, forests, and conservation. The first paper discussed is about how forest restoration in the tropics benefits birds. 


00:24:34 - Speaking of feeling restored, how about beer? Leighton pulls off something that few guests or even co-hosts have ever accomplished: he has a beer Ryan hasn't heard of, namely a Alphadelic IPA by Hop Valley Brewing Company. Ryan also has a beer hailing from Oregon, a Class of '88 Belgian Style Ale from Deschutes Brewery et al. 


00:26:05 - Next up we cover this new technique of applied nucleation, where you plant small patches of trees instead of trying to replant the whole forest. Fewer trees but better results? Talk about a win-win! If you want to know more about the project, you can read about it here and if you'd like to donate directly, you can do so here!


00:55:38 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like forest restoration, we're not quite sure how its done but we're really hoping it works out. Since Ryan is flying is solo this week there's only one entry to be had, but it's a good one. Clifford E. has started a recurring donation, which is hugely awesome for us and for you because it makes the show that much better, so thanks, Cliff! We're also excited to announce that we'll performing a live show in San Francisco as part of the 2014 Bay Area Science Festival in conjunction with the Nerd Nite Block Party. Check the link for details and please stop by if you can! Last up, we're trying to give some games away to donors, if you would like the really cool Indie puzzle game The Bridge and have ever donated to the show, e-mail Ryan for your free copy! 



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Music for this week's show:

Prettiest Tree on the Mountain - Ben Sollee

The Oregon Trail - Burt Ives

Four New Trees - The Mountain Goats

Direct download: Ep_206_Science..._sort_of_-_Keeping_the_Rica_in_Costa.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:13pm EDT

00:00:00 - Chad Jones, host of The Collapsed Wavefunction, joins us because apparently a story about chemicals was a better fit for here than his own show. That's fine, we're happy to have him. The story is about a new chemical that may help catalyze carbon fixation reactions. Don't worry, we make Chad explain all of that with small, easy to understand words.


00:13:25 - Drinks often contain carbon, but does drinking them catalyze fixation? I have no idea. Ryan guesses that Patrick is having a Sweetwater 420 based on one clue. It's a very sad waste of talen. Chad enjoys a Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper, but we can't tell if it has 24 flavors or just one. And Ryan succumds to a Hellhound On My Ale lemon beer from Dogfish Head so he has an excuse to sing some blues at the crossroads.


00:19:25 - Several new studies have lead to the startling conclusion that sasquatches may actually be bears. The first uses DNA, as if that means anything. And the second uses maps, but they're fancy maps, so maybe they're on to something. We also learn that Chad runs @ChemFreeBear on Twitter, dedicated to clawing woo in the face. Ryan demands to know what everyone's favorite bear is. Patrick talks about the evolutionary history of Pokemon.


00:36:39 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like sasquatch, lots of people believe in them but you're just not sure. Patrick starts us off with a new recurring donation from Dan C. Thanks, Dan! Chad has an e-mail from Tyler V. about the connection between real ants and Ender's Game. A brief discussion of the movie ensues. Ryan has another donation, but this time with a story about a bus ride with a creationist from Deanna M. Thanks and good luck with public transportation in the future, Deanna! Ryan also announces that he's giving away a copy of the game Bioshock on Steam (where we have a group) to any donor that wants it! Just send him an e-mail. First come, first serve.



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Music for this week's show:

Changes - Seu Jorge

Drunken Hearted Man - Robert Johnson

I Wanna Be A Bear - Descendents

Direct download: Ep_205_Science..._sort_of_-_Chemical_Free_Sasquatch.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

00:00: 00 - People love to focus on gigantic and impressive fossils, but tiny fossils of tiny parasites can also teach us a lot about our history of living with those critters that would take advantage of us. We begin the show with some  Schistosomiasis eggs found around the stomach region of a fossil human from Mesopotamia. Next up is a tick in amber with something that looks a whole lot like the bacteria for lyme disease inside of it, which you can vaccinate your dog for but not yourself.

00:26:40 - While blood may be appetizing for a tick, we humans prefer other sorts of beverages. Kelly is not yet off the  wagon, due to her status as a mammalian mother, so she enjoys a decaf latte with a cookie. A special cookie, but not the kind of special you might be thinking. This cookie is going to support a pretty great cause. Namely Project Sedna, helping to fund the exploration of our fast melting arctic via encouraging both native peoples and young women to take an active role in documenting ice loss. Ben has an Ice Capp from Tim Hortons. It's a thing up there, don't ask too many questions. Ryan explains a new favorite style of his, the Berliner Weisse, which he enjoys in the form of a Hopfentea from Perennial Artisan Ales.

00:26:40 - While they may munch on us from time to time, how often do we get back at parasites by eating them? Carl Zimmer collects some examples of our culinary relationship with parasites, including a favorite dish of former U.S. President George Washington. Have you ever eaten a parasite? Tell us about it in the comments!

00:57:51 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like parasites. They have a complex life cycle and can be quite draining over time. Just kidding, they're always a boost! Kelly presents a donation from Jesse O. Thanks for keeping the show going, Jesse! Ryan reads an e-mail from Joel S. in response to the weird ABV labeling of Panamanian beers in comparison to China and other exotic lands with strange labeling practices. And Ben finishes us off with a tweet from Arvind about whether or not U.S. scientists prefer the metric system or silly imperial units?


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Music for this week's show:

Tick of Time - The Kooks

Java Jive - The Ink Spots

Eat It - Weird Al Yankovic

Direct download: Ep_204_Science..._sort_of_-_Parasite_Preserves.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:32pm EDT

00:00:00 - This week is dedicated to an interview Ryan did with PhD student Zeka Kuspa, who studies environmental toxicology as it affects California condor restoration. The first part of the interview covers the basics of California condors, their conservation history, and the problems they face due to lead poisoning.


00:39:01 - It take us a little bit but we do finally get to the drinks. Zeka, per her policy of only drinking beers with animals on the label, is enjoying a Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing. Ryan, thinking that raptors often have those cool little hoods on, has the Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.


00:43:17 - The secondpart of our interview focuses a bit about their project called Condor Watch which is part of Zooniverse and helps researchers get the public involved in analyzing the data from California condor camera traps. You, yes you, can sign up today to be a part of helping keep California's burgeoning condor population healthy and growing strong!


00:47:15 -PaleoPOWs are a lot like vultures, they scavenge the really tasty bits, and tend to live in groups. In the except that proves the rule, only one PaleoPOW this week in the form of a recurring donation from Francis D. Thanks for supporting the show, Francis!



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Music for this week's show:

My Turtledove - Zeka Kuspa (definitely the first and probably only time a guest will provide the song for their interview)

Direct download: Ep_203_Science..._sort_of_-_Condor_or_Condont.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:37pm EDT

00:00:00 - Dr. John Pohl MD joins Kelly and Ryan to talk about his work as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Ever think that kids and adults have the same sort of digestive problems? Well you were wrong! John explains some of the key differences, but he's much nicer than my exclamation point would suggest.


00:30:00 - Having drunk with Ryan before, John is no stranger to our drinking segment. He's keeping it local with a Belgian-style white ale with orange peel from Wasatch Brewery. Ryan, in honor of John's home state, has a FULL STRENGTH (it's a big deal in Utah) Black Imperial IPA from Moab Brewery. Kelly has water. Kelly is responsible. Let us all be more like Kelly in the future. Stay hydrated, kids!


00:37:07 - Next John tells us about his research about how your pancreas could try to kill you. Sounds important. And he helped put together a book on his field of pediatric gastroenterology. Sounds prestigious. We end with John telling us a bit about how he came to be both a man of science and a man of faith. Sounds deep. Be sure to follow John on both Twitter and Tumblr!


01:09:42 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like pancreases; few people are sure why they're there, and hopefully they never turn against you. Kelly has a donation from Jeff M., who wants us to buy a 6-pack of beer. We usually don't use donations for booze, but if you insist... Thanks, Jeff! Ryan reads an e-mail from Heather E., who listens to all the Bracula (her plural for Brachiolope, which we kind of love) on Stitcher and loves them but her husband thinks it's weird when Ryan and Ben talk for an hour about penises. Different strokes, I suppose.  



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Music for this week's show:

Young Folks - Peter Bjorn and John

Moab - Conor Oberst

We're All In This Together - Old Crow Medicine Show

Direct download: Ep_202_Science..._sort_of_-_Sausage-shaped_But_Lumpy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:59am EDT

00:00:00 - Since we spend so much time promoting everyone else's work, we decided to be a bit selfish and spend the first segment talking about our own science.

  • Charlie has a paper coming out in Nature Climate Change about moving forward into a low-carbon, sustainable energy future. No big deal.
  • Patrick has 2 papers (show off) to talk about. The first is about how to not mess up your samples by using bleach. And the second is about paleodiet using everyone's favorite atoms: the stable isotopes!
  • Ryan has a paper in Journal of Mammalogy of teeth of sloths, armadillos, and cats. Listen in to find out how that's all actually connected.


00:39:55 - Since it's a special occasion, the Paleopals decide to have a drink. Ryan's beer embodies an aspect of each of them: Odell's Fernet Aged Porter. Patrick goes back to the beginning with a Guinness. And Charlie, recovering from jaw surgery, revels in the palatable bitterness of a Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point.


00:47:36 - The preview doesn't give away much, but that doesn't mean that the guys don't have plenty to say about the upcoming sci-fi thriller Coherence. We also announce the partial retirement of Trailer Trash Talk. You had a good run, segment, and you've earned a break.


00:58:29 - Now we've talked about our own science, we take some time to talk about the state of science in general. Topics include: women in science, problems with peer review and open access, social networks and science, and trends within science outreach.


01:31:32 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like anniversaries. They happen regularly and we always remember them. Patrick begins with an oh so generous donation from Cameron L. Thanks, Cameron! Ryan has a new batch of Supramystic Saga cards from Jonathan Horn of Blue Dot Prints! These cards are available to anyone who's ever been a recurring donor, but to get them you have to answer the following trivia question: do you want these cards? Please send your answer to to see if you've gotten it right! Finally, Charlie has a question from Matt J. about the energetics of zombie metabolisms. Charlie somehow turns this into an existential crisis. And we end the show thanking, in particular, Thomas Queen, who designed our brand new logo! We love it and hope you do too.  


Thank you to everyone who showed us love on Facebook and Twitter to celebrate this milestone. We hope you'll stick around with us and all the other Brachiolope Media Network shows for another 200 weeks of science... sort of!  

Music for this week's show:

Direct download: Ep_200_Science..._sort_of_-_The_Big_Two-Hundo2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT

00:00:00 - Patrick interviews someone by the name of Ryan Haupt who has been doing paleontology along the Panama Canal. How does that work? Listen and find out!


00:21:44 - The Panama Canal transports goods around the world, allowing us to purchase all manner of things, such as drinks! Abe is drinking some homebrew that he thought would be well served with the name Bill & Bob's Boiled Basil Belgian Beer. Ben is having yet another ginger ale, this time with Godzilla on it. And Ryan is also drinking homebrew with the much simpler name of Regular & Rich.


00:36:48 - Trailer Trash Talk has a hard time staying on topic when it comes to The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Especially since our own Dr. Tippett has some science to drop whne it comes to web-slinging speeds.


00:57:25 - In the second part of  Canal Talk, Patrick and Ryan discuss what paleontology in the tropics is like, as well as some of the engineering history that went into making the canal work in the first place. For more on the history, check out this book.


01:24:58 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like canals, they're a lot of work to make but ultimately lead us all to a better place. Ben tries mightily amidst distraction to thank Craig C. (of Canada) for his donation to the show. Thanks, Craig! Abe has an e-mail from Les I. who takes issue with the hard rock vs. soft rock rivalry in geology. And Ryan has his knowledge of the derogatory term "creeker," in reference to episode 182, expanded in an e-mail from Allie W.



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Music for this week's show:

Diggin' - Billarabi

La Bière - Jacques Brel

Swing, swing - The All-American Rejects

Dig Deeper - The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker

Direct download: Ep_199_Science..._sort_of_-_Swinging_Over_A_Canal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

Ryan sits down with Zach Weinersmith to discuss his new kids book up now on Kickstarter called Augie and the Green Knight, which features a smart and daring female protagonist. The conversation predictably rambles to include mentions of the following:



Most importantly, support women in science, support a book trying to drive forward that agenda, and support yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back. It's been a long week, you've earned it.


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Direct download: Special_Edition_12_Science..._sort_of_-_Augie_and_the_Green_Knight.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:31am EDT

00:00:00 - Like a modern day Cassandra, scientists have long predicted that insects would catch up to our GMO crops. Now, even though the biotech companies did their best to keep it hidden, corn rootworms have infested the US corn supply. Thanks for not even pretending to listen.


00:23:28 - Ryan has a riff on a Cuba Libre known as a Cubata using actual Cuban rum. Abe and Ryan manage to make sense of Abe's My Antonia from Dogfish Head. And Charlie has a terroir-agnostic Pleiades blend red wine.


00:34:24 - The tech-nerd rapture knowns as the Singularity comes under scrutiny both as a concept and as a plotline when the guys watch the preview of Transcendence in this week's Trailer Trash Talk!


00:54:07 - Y'know that big thing up in the sky? No, the other one. The nighttime one. Well for a long time we thought it was as necessary as the daytime sky object (aka the Sun) but mayhaps life can evolve without a stabilizing moon. Doesn't mean we don't still love ya, moon!


01:17:45 - PalePOWs are a lot like moons. We only go their occasionally and seldom return. Abe starts us off with a donation from Michael S. Thanks, Michael! Charlie has a nice comment from active Irishman Liam O'Grady, reminding us of our very first Special Edition episode. And Ryan fields a question from Bobbi B. about the nature of dinosaur herds and the shape of human penises, based on some stuff said during his hijacking of The Weekly Weinersmiths. Maybe listen to that part using headphones.



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Music for this week's show:

Into the Cornfields - Colin Hay

Can't Stop - The Red Hot Chili Peppers

Machinehead - Bush

The Killing Moon - Echo and the Bunnymen

Direct download: Ep_198_Science..._sort_of_-_Finds_A_Way.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:24pm EDT

00:00:00 - Old friend of the show Brian Switek returns with a ton of paleo to be talked about. Things begin with a new study of the bones of the Pliocene aquatic sloth, which turn out to have pachyosteosclerosis! Don't worry, we explain what that means and why it matters. (Hint: think marine iguana.)


00:22:04 - Sloths entered the drink, and so do we. Brian enjoys his own homemade apple cider. Patrick's drink isn't homemade, but it is local in the form of some Bowman Brothers Virginia Bourbon. Whereas Ryan sups from faraway lands, enjoying some illicit Cuban beers, Cristal and Bucanero Fuerte.


00:28:31 - And speaking of things from faraway lands, this week's trailer covers, in quite some depth, everything going on both science and not in the preview of the hotly anticipated Godzilla remake!


00:46:26 - To the shock of basically nobody, Ryan is upset about the headlines for a newly described dinosaur, but Switek is here to calm him down. Turns out, this new oviraptor from the Hell Creek Formation is notable for reasons besides a catchy headline.


01:08:03 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like headlines, you rarely get what you feel you were promised. Brian begins by telling us a bit about his latest book, My Beloved Brontosaurus, which you should totally get. Then we tackle a question from Abigail A. about taking a vacation to help out the science of paleontology. We suggest getting good with your local museum, and using a bit of Google Fu to find the right spot for you. Patrick rounds things out by thanking Wade W. for setting up a recurring donation. Thanks, Wade! And don't forget to check out Ryan in his role as member of the Animation Brain Trust over on iFanboy.



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Music for this week's show:

Your Bones - Of Monsters and Men

I Am a Cider Drinker - The Wurzels

Godzilla - Blue Oyster Cult

Over the Eggshells - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Direct download: Ep_197_Science..._sort_of_-_Sloth_Rage_and_Coveting.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:16pm EDT

00:00:00 - This week we tackle one of the (literally) biggest debates in the solar system: which planet has the largest mountain? For awhile, Mars seemed the clear winner, but new research suggests Earth might still have a horse in this race. Tune in to find out what Charlie and Abe think of this new discovery, and read up on volcanoes in general with this handy volume.


00:18:43 - If books containing world records are any indication, disputes are best settled over a pint, which we fortunately have a segment for just that. Charlie kicks things off with a High West Double Rye, much to the envy of Ryan who still manages to enjoy a mojito made with Panamanian rum. Abe, amidst all our other nonsense, does his best to sing the praises of his southern hemisphere Moa Five Hop IPA.


00:27:13 - However, we're hard-pressed to sing the praises of the new found-footage sci-fi horror film "based on the real fake phenomena" of the Brown Mountain Lights in Alien Abduction on this week's Trailer Trash Talk! (Also, here's what a camera falling out of a plane actually looks like. Enjoy.)


00:38:22 - Speaking of abductions. Imagine you were just tooling around, doing your thing, when all of the sudden you were snatched, transported to some foreign lab, had 1/3 of your blood drained, then were dropped back in your house. That'd be weird, right? Well that's exactly what happens to horseshoe crabs every year, all in the name of science.


00:51:41 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like alien abductions; you never see them coming, and nobody really believes they're real anyways. Charlie begins things with two new supremely negative iTunes reviews suggesting that we are both way to 'snug" and should eat more meat-filled pop tarts. Hopefully the Paleoposse will soon correct this negative shift. Ryan rebounds with a plethora of donations, e-mails, and a series of tweets (regardingour. motto.) from our newest superfan Morgan M. Thanks, Moran, we're literally overwhelmed! Abe finishes things with a question from Eric M. about science and the media. A topic oft covered but not yet by Abe, so apt for this episode! In particular, Eric wants to know how the Nobels might be made as cool as the Oscars, and we're afraid we might have to present some bad news on that front. (Also, yes, Ryan was wrong about Einstein's nobel prize, save yourself the typing.) Finally, in our clunky yet approrpriate Amazon segment, Charlie suggests a depressing book called The Bet or an awesome turntable called Pro-Ject. Be sure to check out Ryan on some recent episodes of Star Wars Minute and Deconstructing Comics!



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



Music for this week's show:

Such Great Heights - The Postal Service

Rye Whiskey - Tex Ritter

My Carolina Home - Fred Kirby

Addicted to Blood - The Woody Pines

Direct download: Ep_196_Science..._sort_of_-_From_the_Deep.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:13pm EDT

00:00:00 - This week we're featuring a 2-part interview with host of the new Brachiolope Media Network show Astrarium James Silvester! Ryan and James being there conversation with James' early astronomical and radio origins.

00:21:38 - Back in the here and now (aka evening) drinks are had. Kelly continues being pregnant with some coconut water. Ryan has a more fiery version of water called Aguardiente. And Abe keeps it meteorological with a 10° Below from the Scuttlebutt Brewing Company.

00:31:07 - It takes more than a minute to work our way through the Marvel cinematic universe (which you can go and watch through our Amazon portal) but we eventually get to chatting about the trailer for their latest release Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

00:45:08 - Part 2 of Ryan's interview with Jimmy Silvers focuses more on the future of his show, including some 'awesome' suggestions from Ryan about potential topics. If you haven't checked out this new addition to the network, wait no longer!

01:05:36 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like stiff upper lips, they're a stereotype and often conceal something deadly. Ryan begins with a much appreciated donation from our old friend John P. Thanks, John! Abe follows that with an e-mail Nathan W., who works in a terrifying crisis response center, above brain fatigue in episode 176 and how to cope with stress. Kelly finishes up with an e-mail from Andrew S., who thanks us for helping him through a dark place in his life, and congratulates the Weinersmiths on their upcoming babby. Even though Kelly and Abe don't get the meme, the sentiments are much appreciated.

BONUS! - Our outtake this week features actual science because Kelly couldn't help herself! Read more about the fishies right here.


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Music for this week's show:

Strange News From Another Star - Blur

Let It Snow! - Dean Martin

Winter - Joshua Radin

In The Stars - Icona Pop

Direct download: Ep_195_Science..._sort_of_-_Astronomy..._sort_of.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:35pm EDT

00:00:00 - Whether they formed via troll warfare or via geology, all we know now is that Iceland is covered in lava tubes. A possible explanation for their enigmatic origin is tonight's first topic!


00:18:47 - We presume that trolls like to drink, so in some ways this segment is for them. But it's also for you, the listener. And us. Definitely for us. Ryan continues his tour of Panamanian beers with a Soberana, which has nothing to do with sobreity nor frogs. Charlie enjoys some silky smooth Scotch and Abe keeps things thematic with a Hop Lava imperial IPA.


00:25:39 - Another 'historical' figure who liked to drink was Noah, and we discuss his upcoming eponymous movie, along with other aspects of his myth, in this week's Trailer Trash Talk!


00:41:10 - A coral reef has been found thriving in an acidified section of ocean. Does this mean all that worry over climate change was for naught? NAY! The Paleopals are here to set the record straight and explain what this seeming conundrum actually says about our ever-changing globe.


00:51:19 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like acid, too much and they burn, but just enough and they give you a pleasant sourness. Charlie begins with an e-mail from Andrew H. about a new planet that shakes up some of the ways we thought planets formed. Ryan thanks Brandon W. for a donation. Thanks, Brandon! And Abe, whom you can now follow Twitter, reads an iTunes review from Whip Hubley.



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



Music for this week's show:

Ten Feet Tall - The Devil Makes Three

Going To Scotland - The Mountain Goats

No Rain - Blind Melon

Dissolve - Guster

Direct download: Ep_194_Science..._sort_of_-_Hot_and_Sour.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:05am EDT

00:00:00 - As winter ends the Paleopals pay tribute to the snowy north that is Canada. And what better way to celebrate the world's 2nd largest country than by talking about it's favorite fictional son, Logan the Wolverine? Ben, Patrick, and Ryan interview Sigrid Alvarez and Emma Conway who have written a "totally real" paper about Logan's healing abilities (get the PDF here) and why Logan may be more amphibian than mammal. Want to learn more about Wolverine? Why not check out this graphic novel?


00:33:48 - James Howlett is known for excessive drinking, but the Paleopals try to promote responsibility. Ben has some Canadian water, because he's the most responsible of us all.  Patrick snubs Canada with a Koko Brown Ale from Kona Brewing out of Hawaii, possibly the least Canadian state in the entire US. And Ryan has a cerveza Atlas, yet another in his series of Panamanian brews.


00:39:41 - Much as Ben may try to derail the conversation with proclamations of Canadian superiority, Patrick and Ryan see some hard truths (especially in light of some real enigmatic malware) in the preview for Goodbye World in this week's Trailer Trash Talk!


00:55:25 - A group of Canadian scientists have worked very hard to create a system to send text messages via alcoholic mist because of... reasons. The Paleopals grope for a good explanation of this system's utility, but absent even that can agree that the idea itself is quite neat.


01:05:06 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like mist-based text messages, no one is quite sure of their purpose but we're pretty sure they matter on some level. Ben is cut off from answering an e-mail about Canadian libraries from Andie H. (though he did speak to the issue on the LASER podcast) and is forced to confront some harsh criticism from Steven S. Sorry, Steven, but Ben's fans are legion, so he'll have to stay. Patrick has an e-mail from Juliana F. about the difficulties of teaching math in a modern world. And Ryan has a lovely valentine and potential future donation from artist Sonya Andrews. Check out the valentine in the literally illustrious Brachiolope Gallery.



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



Music for this week's show:

Old Man Logan - Adam WarRock (24 Hour Rap-A-Thon)

Canada - Five Iron Frenzy

Farewell, So Long, Goodbye - Jackie Greene

Test Transmission - Kasabian

Direct download: Ep_193_Science..._sort_of_-_O_Canada.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:51pm EDT

00:00:00 - Contrary to what cryptozoologists would have you believe, scientists don't often find new large species, which is what makes this new tapir so very exciting! But does this discovery help or hinder bigfoot's chances of existing? Listen in and find out...


00:16:35 - We may not have built-in face-straws, but that doesn't mean the Paleopals can't enjoy a drink! Patrick learns a lesson from his father and enjoys some Evan Williams 10-Year Single Barrel bourbon. Abe classes it up with the authentic Orval Trappist Ale. And Ryan continues his tour of Panamanian beers with a refreshing Balboa.


00:25:02 - Patrick can't quite understand the excitement Abe and Ryan have for LEGO: The Movie, possibly because as a parent he might have to watch it roughly 1,000,000 times, but that doesn't prevent them from discussing it on this week's Trailer Trash Talk!


00:35:51 - As if volcanoes weren't already scary enough, now new research is suggesting that magma can move a lot faster than we thought. So, y'know, duck or run or something.


00:56:34 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like volcanoes, unpredictable and potentially catastrophic. Patrick announces a new recurring donation from Kristie G. Thanks, Kristie! Sinni B. e-mails in asking how to get their science mojo back, suggestions include some of the following: The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan (as well as watching the original Cosmos), the courses provided by Coursera, and the plethora of videos available on Ted-Ed. Sinni also wants to know our thoughts of Australia's anti-science policies being implemented by their new prime minister. Ryan ends things with a wonderful iTunes review left by flotsamlee.



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



Music for this week's show:

New Kid (On The Block) - Barenaked Ladies

Conquering Fools - OAR

Old Yellow Bricks - Arctic Monkeys

Highway to Hell - AC/DC

Direct download: Ep_192_Science..._sort_of_-_Life_is_a_Highway_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:37am EDT

00:00:00 - Charlie and Ryan are joined by Chad Jones, the host of the newest show in the Brachiolope Media Network, The Collapsed Wavefunction! Our first topic is about modifying the surface of the planet to run experiments about sand dune formations. It's possibly the most excited Charlie has been on the mic in a long time. Plus, Chad informs us about hydrophobic sand, which sounds dangerously fun.


00:18:55 - The drinks too, must flow. Charlie has the very proprietary Rogue Chocolate Stout. Chad, clearly worried he won't be invited back anytime soon, doubles down with a Jone's Soda and a Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer. Ryan begins his local beer journal with the totally expected Cerveza Panama.


oo:24:55 - Trailer Trash Talk goes tactical (whatever that means) with the preview for the all-new but not really new at all remake of the 80's 'classic' Robocop.


00:36:09 - Robots may not sweat, but people do. People also need drinking water. Well now some nerds have made a machine to turn human sweat into drinkable water. Refreshing, or just gross?


01:01:09 - PaleoPOWs are a lot drinking your own sweat; self-involved and perplexing to others. Charlie thanks Kris T. for a nice e-mail and hefty donation. Thanks, Kris! Ryan fields a correction about gender vs. sex from Episode 183 sent in by Liam T. (not from England). And Chad thankfully knows the answers to Liz C.'s questions of chirality and sugar substitutes. Be sure to bug Chad on Twitter and tell him about the chemical topics you want to hear on his podcast!


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


Music for this week's show:

Dune Buggy - Presidents of the United States of America

Panama - Van Halen

I Am Not A Robot - Marina and the Diamonds

Don't Drink the Water - Dave Matthews Band


Direct download: Ep_191_Science..._sort_of_-_The_Spice_Must_Flow.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

00:00:00 - Don't look now, but crocodiles have learned to hide themselves using sticks. You see that stick over to your left? Well that's actually a crocodile. You almost got eaten just now. We saved you. You're welcome. Keep listening.


00:13:50 - We can't promise that drinks will keep you safe from sneaky croc attacks, but if you're going to get eaten you might as well enjoy yourself until then, eh? Patrick enjoys a Fireside Chat that he's disappointed to learn has already been consumed by Ryan. Ben forgot his drink. Ryan kills the last of some old bourbon paired with an Ale8One in preparation for heading to Panama.


00:22:15 - Speaking of Ryan's last days in the United States, the preview for this week's Trailer Trash Talk purports to show the titular The Last Days On Mars, which don't seem to be going that well if space zombies are any indication. This reminds Ryan of his friend's blog, and Patrick of an old game. Good times.


00:33:11 - To escape space zombies, it could be necessary to leave the galaxy altogether, but what would such a journey require? Ben schools us all on the speeds necessary to escape the Milky Way itself.


00:47:07 - As far as the Paleopals are concerned, PaleoPOWs pull as hard as the galactic core. Ryan starts with a new recurring donation from Rebecca C. Thanks, Rebecca! Patrick has a longer missive from Tamsen P. about Alaskan fossils, naming new species, and flyers posted around UCSC. Ben ends with an awesome note from Angie W. about her nonverbal autistic daughter Sarah, who has the good taste to enjoy our silly little podcast.



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Music for this week's show:

Somewhere to Hide - Matt Nathanson

Too Little Too Late - Bare Naked Ladies

Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine

Great Escape - Moby

Direct download: Ep_190_Science..._sort_of_-_A_Clean_Getaway.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT

As is tradition around these parts, we like to dedicate one show of the year towards thanking you, the loyal listeners of the Paleoposse. This year we're 1) a bit late, sorry, and 2) doing it a bit differently by thanking specifically those who have donated to the show and have sent in a question we might be able to take a crack at answering. Yes, one of the questions is a repeat, we're not sure why we're terrible at this, we just are and people donate anyways. We think it best not to question these small miracles.

00:00:00 - Our first batch of donations come from Danielle N., who gets her voicemail about self-driving cars and traffic answered for a second time but with a refreshingly different answer. That's followed up by Christopher L., who reminds us about a term we taught him in the first place, completing some sort of twisted cycle of knowledge. And we end the segment with a query from Joseph T., who needs ammunition to argue about whether or not something can be "more evolved" than something else. It's a good question, followed by a good discussion.

00:21:39 - Next, we toast our donors with a drink. Charlie re-caffeinates with some Earl Grey. Patrick is let down by an apparent macguffin in the form of Sweet Baby Jesus Peanut Butter Port by Duclaw. And Ryan enjoys a Wipeout IPA from his good friend Shelly. Thanks, Shelly!

00:26:15 - Much like hoards of teenagers, the Paleopals have all read The Hunger Games trilogy of books, and share their thoughts about the trailer to the 'upcoming' sequel film Catching Fire in this week's Trailer Trash Talk!

00:33:53 - We end the show with more feedback! This round comes from Keith K., who asks us a physics question he sounds better qualified to answer than any of us. Fortunately, a remote answer from the physics-bot Ben arrives in the knick of time. Next, Sarah J. confirms that Ryan's afternoons of posting Science... sort of flyers around UCSC were not spent in vain. And finally, a voicemail from Billy Nitro(!) asks a question that seems tricky, but might have a fairly simple answer.

Now, for some plugs:


Thanks again to everyone who listens and contributes to the podcast. We literally couldn't do it without all your support and look forward to another excellent year of spreading the science love all around the world wide web! Be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!


Music for this week's show:

I Don't Wanna Stop - Good Charlotte

Jesus Is Just Alright - The Byrds

This Fire - Franz Ferdinand

Direct download: Ep_189_Science..._sort_of_-_Giving_Thanks_IV.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:44pm EDT

00:00:00 - Patrick and Ryan take a moment to tell everyone about an upcoming event. You can get tickets for our 2014 DC Meetup here

00:01:59 - Two of long articles (here and here) about reproducibility in science leads to a long discussion. Everything from different types of errors, biases to only research certain types of questions, and attempts such as the Reproducibility Initiative to fix it are covered.

00:24:16 - Drinks are easy enough to reproduce, but we strive for novelty in this segment with Ben having black cherry flavored Canada Pure Sparkling Refresher. Ryan gives the Blood Orange Imperial IPA from Freedom's Edge Brewing Company a try. And Jacob has a glass of water, which brings about a discussion of hardness and how you can test your own taps for hardness. SCIENCE!!

00:29:18 - Trailer Trash Talk rolls its eyes at "Based on true events" tag in the preview for Skinwalker Ranch, a place so steeped in mystery that Brian Dunning already did a Skeptoid episode on it.

00:42:38 - In a shocking turn of events, it turns out a sample from a yeti is actually a bear. In an actual shock, it's a pretty cool bear sample worthy of discussion in its own right.

00:53:26 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like ancient bear specimens, held sacred and worshipped until further analysis shows their truth worth. Ryan has a recurring donation from Moe S., who would like to fund the end of the Timer Duck. We don't think that's quite fair to the original sponsor Christina H., but want to hear from her and others about how to handle the duck's fate. Ben has a correction about something with physics from high school student Tyler V. And Jacob, in convenient timing with a discussion at the office, is asked about dinosaur size from Chris B.


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


Music for this week's show:

Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin

Two Rocks and a Cup of Water - Massive Attack

Intro (Body Snatchers) - The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker

The Bear and the Maiden Fare - The Hold Steady

Direct download: Ep_188_Science..._sort_of_-_Reproducing_Yetis.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:16pm EDT