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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.

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
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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
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