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 - 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
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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!

 

 

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

 

 

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
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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.  

 

 

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

 

 

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
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