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 - This week, Joe and Ryan chat with Mike Snyder, c0-founder and chief engineer of Made In Space, which has already begun 3D printing all sorts of things for astronauts about the International Space Station. So kind of a big deal.

 

00:21:50 - Even co-founders need a beverage now and again, and Mike is no exception. But since they're productive people, all Mike has to promote is coffee, water, and tea (he likes Zelda themed blends from Adagio). Ryan takes a different tact with some Herman Marshall bourbon out of Dallas, TX. Joe brings up the rear with some Death Valley root beer.

 

00:33:03 - Part 2 of our interview with Mike brings even more science and engineering to the table! Be sure to check out Mike on Twitter and like Made in Space's Facebook page!

 

01:01:25 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like 3D printing; we're not totally sure why it's a big deal, but it probably is. Ryan has a donation from Andre R., who also left a comment on episode 205 about his favorite local cryptid/upcoming brewery. Joe also has a donation from Ron E. (Ron Howard? You decide!) who thanks us for distractions during long runs and promised an iTunes review which Ryan thinks he's reading but is wrong. It's actually from RtwoDtoo, so thanks for that! There is much talk of Ryan's beer consumption, if that's the sort of thing you're interested in you can become beer friends and follow along with his Untappd profile. Also, be sure to participate on our poll as to whether or not whales are the bad guys.



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Music for this week's show:

You Got Me Floatin' - Jimi Hendrix

Cold Coffee - Ed Sheeran

Space Jam - The Quad City DJ's

 

Direct download: Ep_232-_Science..._sort_of_-_In_Space_No_One_Can_Hear_You_Print.mp3
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00:00:00 - We're doing something a little different this week. Now that Charlie is an Assistant Professor he can assign things to students, and it turns out he assigned them a podcast about energy in Washington state. The topics are all across the board, everything from wind energy, solar power, LEED certification, salmon spawning, and more!

 

01:01:51 - Ben laments being at work while his home fridge is chock-full of strange juices. Charlie has kombucha which throws everyone for a loop and leads to a discussion of disgust (as informed by the book That's Disgusting). Ryan has some green tea because you have to take care of yourself, and some Eau de Brau, a white whiskey distilled in DC from DC beer. Ben thinks that also sounds disgusting. You be the judge!

 

01:16:33 - Round two of Charlie's students. Enjoy!

 

02:05:24 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like assignments, you can maybe get away with not doing them, but I wouldn't risk it. Ryan begins with a donation from Gordon Br., who wanted some advice on podcasting and was willing to pay for it (unnecessary, but very generous and appreciated).  Charlie asked for voicemails, and we have a drunken doozy from Jason in LA. Thanks for the laughs, Jason! And finally Ben has an e-mail from superman Morgan Marshall who watched a Shia LeBouf movie (on purpose) and now wants to know about our progress making fusion power a reality (instead of just a thing Iron Man has in his chest).

 

 

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Music for this week's show:

Energy - Apples in Stereo

Disgusting - Miranda Cosgrove

The Energy - Aceyalone

Direct download: Ep_231-_Science..._sort_of_-_The_Will_to_Power.mp3
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00:00:00 - Even though the heat is on in most places now did you find your air conditioning over the summer oppressive? You may be right! A study published in Nature (open access) suggests that the way we cool our buildings is woefully out of date and skews the temperature in favor of men over women. Well guess what, world? Women are in the workplace now too! Plus it hasn't been the 1970s for YEARS now. So let's update this, OK? Thanks.

 

00:23:14 - It also isn't even cool to drink in the workplace anymore. Fortunately this isn't work, this is podcasting. Kelly gives her hangover some hair of the dog in the form of a Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon. Joe continues his love affair with the weird soda shop and this time has some Bug Barf because why not? Ryan enjoys a Mosaic IPA from the Crux Fermentation Project left over from his bachelor party.

 

00:30:43 - You know how sometimes wasps do horrible things to the other critters they parasitize? Ever wonder how they get their hosts to do such specific things? Well some scientists have figured out that at least in spiders they hack the built in web-weaving behavior the spider already evolved to have. So just sleep on that tonight, folks. Then when you can't sleep read this book as suggested by Kelly: New Guinea Tapeworms and Jewish Grandmothers: Tales of Parasites and People

 

00:52:30 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like parasites, in that they're probably inside you right now. Try not to think about it too much. Ryan begins with a donation from Matthew W. Thanks Matthew! Kelly follows up with an e-mail from Mike in Rochester, NY who wants us to be aware of all the awesome science being funded through experiment.com in association with the SciFund challenge. Joe finishes up with an image Elijah T. managed to capture from his Game Boy somehow of a wild Brachiolope roaming the forests of Pokémon Silver. Ryan takes this opportunity to mention his adolescent excitement for Pokémon GO, because he is apparently not afraid of public shame and/or ridicule. Kelly plugs the now woefully out of date BAHfest, but hey, you should be the one making plans to attend a future event, right? And that's the end of the show. Goodbye.

 

 

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Music for this week's show:

Cool Blue Reason - Cake

The Bachelor and the Bride - The Decemberists

Under Control - The Strokes

Direct download: Ep_230_Science..._sort_of_-_Web_Hacking.mp3
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00:00:00 - Way way back in the 1980's some scientists found a... thing. No this isn't the start of an excellent John Carpenter movie, it's something that happened in real life! Only this year did someone get around to describing the thing, and it turns out they couldn't. Does this new animal deserve a new phylum all to itself? Listen and decide for yourself!

 

00:22:54 - Ethanol is a great way to preserve specimens when done properly. It's also a great way to socialize, but again, only when used properly. Here are three examples of its proper use. Charlie kicks back a Phosphorescent Pale from the sentimental Island Hoppin' Brewery, near where he got hitched. Patrick enjoys a Devils Tale collaboration from Devil's Backbone Brewing Company and Coronado Brewing Company. He's come so far from his early days as a hops detractor. Ryan claims the greatest beer in the history of the show, a bold claim but can he pull it off? You be the judge, for he sups a Camarasaurus Cream Ale from Fossil Brewing Company!

 

00:30:31 - Speaking of ruling the drinks segment, who really rules the earth? And, assuming humans are dominant now, who takes over when we're gone? A think piece from LiveScience prompts a free-wheeling discussion that ends in an obvious answer (hint: AI). In other news, new species of hominids keep popping up basically all the time. That's cool . Unless any of this isn't even real, and then who really cares, right?

 

01:20:15 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like AI, once turned on it's difficult to get them to stop. Patrick presents a new recurring donation from Steven C. Thanks Steven! Charlie also has a donation to pair with a story and a few questions from the UNGA. The story is touching, and the questions are hard. Namely, what ultimately controls the tree line? It's not at all simple, but the guys take a stab at it. Finally, Ryan has an easier question about how solar panels work from Mike S. And a quick message to all parents of 4th graders: This school year you all get into any US National Park unit for FREE! Check out the details here: Every Kid In A Park.

 

 

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Music for this week's show:

Family Tree - TV on the Radio

Ambulance - TV on the Radio

Golden Age - TV on the Radio

Direct download: Ep_229_Science..._sort_of_-_Inherit_the_Earth.mp3
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00:00:00 - Most of this week is dedicated to our interview with author Andy Weir, author of The Martian. The free-wheeling discussion includes how Andy tackled the science of the book, what the reception has been like (including getting a little movie about it made), and what's coming up next. We finish up our discussion with Andy's favorite cocktail: a rum old-fashioned made with either Ron Zacapa or Ron Abuelo, two very fine choices not available on Mars anytime soon, whether there's water there or not.

 

Miscellaneous things you might want links to:

 

01:14:14 - Since Andy brought it up, it only makes sense to complete the thought. Joe knocks it into orbit with his kumquat flavored Martian Soda. Ryan has a Track #8 from The Lost Abbey, which has an overly complicated connection to the subject matter at hand.

 

01:17:23 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like being stranded on Mars; it's one thing to complete the mission, it's another to survive the journey. Joe has a new recurring donation from Robert S-carrot, which is a letter we're still not sure how to pronouncing and we're not sure we even want to know. Thanks Robert! Ryan reads three iTunes reviews, the first being of the dreaded 1-star variety from GBarkimer and is reminiscent of a 1-star review of a National Park, of which there are many. The other two reviews from ridebutterflies and Weapon alpha that are more positive so we can end the show on a high now. The show is now ended. Goodbye.

 

 

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Music for this week's show:

Life On Mars - Seu Jorge

Direct download: Ep_228_Science..._sort_of_-_Our_Glitch_For_This_Mission.mp3
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Doing an all feedback episode to get caught up on all the wonderful things y'all send our way. 

 

00:00:00 -  Garrett, who doesn't identify his hair color, and seems to think we know a lot about science immediately finds our weak spot by asking about genetics. Specifically, he wants to know if redheads are in danger of going extinct. This leads to a surprisingly long discussion about the origins of redhair. Plus you'll learn once and for all which of the paleopals have red hair in their beards, even if they don't have any on their head. 

 

00:22:32 - Since humanity evolved, there have been drinks. Though some recent evidence suggests animals may have been drinking even before humans. Patrick goes first because he thinks he finally found a beer Ryan hasn't had. It's a Dead Rising from Flying Dog and he's also wrong. Sorry, Patrick. Ben is enjoying some Irish Breakfast Tea, which is supposedly much better than English Breakfast Tea. And Ryan is having a beer he made for a class three years ago. It has not aged well, but does lead to a nice discussion of stable isotopes.

 

00:33:02 - For our second segment we have an awesome e-mail from Nami who shares a special kinship with Ben. She has suggested a few stories for us to cover. The first is about converting stellar radiance patterns into sound waves, essentially every star is singing a different song, which is really neat. The second is about using two people's brains instead of one to control a spacecraft simulation. DRIFTING PEOPLE. Are Ben and Ryan drift compatible? You'll have to listen to find out. 

 

00:57:46 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like shows full of paleoPOWs, in that they're both composed of listener feedback. Ben goes first with an e-mail from South African listener Gerhard R. He teaches us some Afrikaans and promotes some local African brews. Ryan then gets sidetracked talking about a recent dig we went to at Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming. Were any camel leopards found? Who knows. Once Ryan refocuses and actually finds his paleoPOW he thanks recurring donor Adam K. who has a request. Adam K. would like to use his donation to sponsor all future quotes and references to Jurassic Park. Challenge accepted, hold onto your butts. Ryan then gets distracted again talking about Pokemon. Ben joins in until Patrick remembers that the show isn't actually over yet and forces us to listen to his paleoPOW. His is from Neece of WV, who caught a Brachiolope in the act of riding a velocipede (we had to look up what that was too). She was able to immortalize the image which you can now purchase from her Etsy and/or Redbubble store, as well as view it in the always impressive Brachiolope Gallery!

 

 

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Music for this week's show:

Red Headed Stranger - Willie Nelson

Have a Cuppa Tea - The Kinks

Pacific Rim (feat. Tom Morello) - Ramin Djawadi

Direct download: Ep_227_Science..._sort_of_-_Feedback_Feedbag.mp3
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00:00:00 - Why did the mountain lion cross the road? Well it couldn't, because there were too many cars. It has now reached the point where mountain lions (aka pumas, cougars, catamounts, etc.) are showing reduced genetic diversity because they can't get across roads. Turns out there is really simple solution: give them roads or tunnels. The problem is just convincing people to build them (which would save money in the long run, but humans don't think like that so it'll probably never happen). Oh well, the cats were nice to have around while they lasted.

 

00:17:26 - Joe, who likes both driving and conservation (a rare treat) enjoys a Lilikoi Passionfruit drink he took from a car event just so you, the listener, could hear him enjoy it. Abe goes back to one of his old favorites, a Dos Perros from Yazoo Brewing in Nashville. A brief discussion of Mexican brewing history ensues. Ryan throws his weight behind Negroni Week, an official drinking event that also supports charity. To take it a step further, he even uses a new gin  from Wyoming: Backwards Distilling Contortionist Gin.

 

00:24:46 - Time zones are the worst, right? Of course. What if we got rid of them? That'd be much better. At least that what Ryan is trying to convince everyone of when they discuss the absolute mess of a system that the railroads created back in the day. Get outta here, railroads! We have planes and electric cars and stuff now! Take a poll to tell us if you agree or disagree.

 

00:51:25 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like Daylight Saving Time, difficult to keep track of but easier with the internet. Joe's paleoPOW is a new recurring donation from Amanda B. Thanks so much, Amanda! We briefly lose Abe but he shows up just in time to hear a few new iTunes reviews left by Yappari817 and melankholia as read by Ryan. Abe has a voicemail from the very well-read Galen who wants it to be known far and wide that Patrick is funnier than Ryan and that Ryan should admit it. He does. Finally, what would happen if you got struck by lightning in a suit of armor? Who knows? Not us, that's who.

 

 

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Music this week provided by:

Young Lions - The Constantines

Every Dog Has It's Day - Flogging Molly

Stay (Wasting Time) - Dave Matthews Band

Direct download: Ep_226_Science..._sort_of_-_Mountain_Lion_Saving_Time.mp3
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00:00:00 - Ryan is joined by Dr. Robert Baker, a postdoc in the Department of Botany at University of Wyoming to talk about PLANTS! Rob wants to understand how development and evolution of plants interact using everyone's favorite plant study system: Brassica rapa. It sounds heady but he explains it well, including how development got left out of the Modern Evolutionary Synthesis. Ryan tangents to talk about E.T. because of course he does.

 

00:28:19 - Because they're recording in person Ryan brought along a growler of Salty Dog Oatmeal IPA from the Coal Creek Tap in Laramie, WY. Brewing and bitters are discussed. Rob's friend makes bitters, and Ryan got a book about them one time.

 

00:34:43 - The second half of the show we get back into the science of shoot architecture, which again, sound complicated, but is pretty cool once we get into it. We also find out what Rob's favorite plant is, and you'll have to listen to hear it for yourself!

 

01:15:14 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like plants, they keep growing and require the occasional pruning. Only one this week, since Ryan is flying solo. Fortunately he's able to double down thanks to TWO donations from Bob M. Thanks, Bob! Bob also donated some knowledge in the form of a comment about isotopes and stability in response to episode 218.

 

 

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Music for this week's show:

(Listen To The) Flower People - Spinal Tap

Do What You Want, Be What You Are - Hall and Oates

Daydreamin' - Lupe Fiasco feat. Jill Scott

Direct download: Ep_225_Science..._sort_of_-_Industrious_Growth.mp3
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On Endangered Species Day Eve Kelly, Patrick, and Ryan convened at the Science Club in Washington, DC to record a special LIVE episode of Science... sort of!

 

We featured two guests, the first was Steven Sowell from the Baltimore UnderGround Science Space (BUGSS!) to discuss citizen science, being watched by the FBI, and other challenges associated with setting up a private lab for anyone to come use. BIOHACKING! DIY SCIENCE! CHEESE!

 

Kelly's drinking something... red. Patrick is having an Exile Red Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company. And Ryan nerds out over his Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing, "a third-trophic level beer" which amuses him but nearly starts a fight with Kelly.

 

Our guest was Michelle Thaller, the Assistant Director for Science Communication at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and occasional contributor to Transistor, a science podcast from PRX. We talk a lot about Hubble's birthday, communicating science, and the "two-body problem" of being in a relationship with another scientist when you'd both like good jobs. 

 

Thanks again to both our guests, to Steve at Science Club for hosting, to Jamie for doing the intro and outro live, and of course to all you lovely folks who attended.

 

Special thanks to Mason from Blue Room Productions for handling all the audio hardware, and Tim Dobbs for the edits.

Direct download: Ep_224_Science..._sort_of_-_Live_at_Science_Club_DC.mp3
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00:00:00 - Why do birds suddenly appear (in a V formation)? We've known for a long time that flying in a V is more efficient than other patterns, but now scientists have determined that birds take it a step further: they flap their wings in perfect sync to maximize efficiency. Joe, the aerospace engineer, isn't surprised by this but does think it's pretty cool and tells us all about wingtip vortices. And apparently there are planes with parachutes on them, so Jack Handy really was onto something there.

 

00:13:21 - Lots of people like to have a drink when they fly, hopefully not the pilot though. Patrick has a Morning Glory Espresso Stout from Dominion. Joe enjoys some Stephen's dark chocolate hot cocoa, how fancy! Finally, Ryan has a sampler pack from Bayern Brewing, he lets Patrick and Joe chose and winds up with a Dragon's Breath

 

00:19:14 - It turns out no matter how hard you try you can't educate people into believing in evolution, which is kind of a bummer but maybe that's because most people don't care about the debate in the first place. Maybe someday people will not care but also generally agree with the scientific consensus. And before you send the e-mail, we know not all Christians are Creationists, we point it out pretty much every time. 

 

00:46:19 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like education, most people think we should invest more in them but no one is really willing to put in the money to do it. Speaking of money, Joe's PaleoPOW is a donation from Pedro P. Thanks Pedro! Patrick has an e-mail from Adam R. following up on our discussion of the peer-review system discussion from episode 200. Adam's got some pretty good ideas. Speaking of good ideas: fireworks. Kyle M. sends us some photos of some paleo-themed fireworks, with an offer to set them off on video for our viewing pleasure at his earliest convenience.

 

Also: bigfoot update!

 

Special thanks this week to Daniel at podcasttech.com for help with audio production and editing!

 

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Music for this week's show:

Where Do My Bluebirds Fly - The Tallest Man On Earth

Geek Stink Breath - Green Day

Never Learn - Devil Makes Three

Direct download: Ep_223_Science..._sort_of_-_V_for_eVolution.mp3
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00:00:00 - Everyone out there wants to find alien life right? I mean, as pop culture has shown us over and over again, this will definitely work out well for humanity. Well one way we might find other intelligent life is if we use this new fancy James Webb telescope to look for their pollution in the atmosphere. To think all those years of polluting our own planet might finally pay off...

 

00:26:39 - Worried about polluting our planet to the point where we can no longer survive on it? Stop worrying and have a beer instead. Charlie has a seasonal Irish red from Boundary Bay Brewing, which leads to a rant about hops. Joe, who has had an IPA once before, but instead grabbed a "weird" Sangria Senorial, which does not have alcohol despite the name. Ryan consoles himself with an aged Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Bros.

 

00:34:00 - Did you know the moon Titan has seas made of farts? Well it does. The question then becomes, how do you get a submarine to function in liquid methane? NASA has some ideas, and the Paleopals expound with some of their own.

 

00:56:51 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like submarines on other planets, you're not sure if they'll work and you won't know until it's too late to do anything about it. Nicole D. definitely thinks its working out because she setup a new recurring donation to support the show. Thanks, Nicole! Another Nicole has a question from a "coworker" about whether or not you could freeze a human so fast that they shatter. Charlie does some math and the answer may surprise you! Finally, RJ from Topeka wants to know if we think robots are actually alive. Again, the answer may surprise you! Also, listen to our interview with Daniel H. Wilson and then watch The Imitation Game.

 

 

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Music for this week's show:

The New Pollution - Beck

Tomorrow Comes A Day Too Soon - Flogging Molly

Big Black Submarine - Tommy Cox

Direct download: Ep_222_Science..._sort_of_-_Methane_not_even_once.mp3
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Now that Jurassic World has made all the money, we decided we should chime into the situation. Joe, Ben, and Ryan sit down to chat about everyone's 4th favorite installment in the Jurassic Park franchise! Just kidding, nothing could be much worse than III. Ryan punishes himself by drinking a bad beer that at least has an accurate representation of a dinosaur on it. And then we begin by discussing the few things we did enjoy about the flick, but this quickly dissolves into pointing out the things not liked so much. Whether you liked the movie or not, we hope you enjoy our discussion and let us know what you thought in the comments!

Direct download: Special_Edition_13_Science..._sort_of_-_Jurassic_World.mp3
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00:00:00 - Dr. Ellen Currano joins Ryan to talk about her origins as a paleontologist and her current research into the paleobotany of Wyoming during a potent climate shift (but not the current one). They also share a beer ironically named Fanboy, which is un-ironically delicious. 

 

00:26:46 - Ellen recently wrote an article for Paleontology Online about being both a woman and a paleontologists. This obviously involved putting on fake beards and having old-timey photos taken, but you'll have to listen to understand the full connection. Ellen is writing blogs about women doing awesome science and ends the interview by giving some advice based on one of her favorite classic books that most folks only know from the movies: Lawrence of Arabia. Ryan also brings up what he feels to be a classic movie (directed by a woman, no less). Speaking of movies, Ellen is working on one called The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science, check out the trailers and get more info at the link!

 

00:55:47 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like women in science; there should be more of them. However, because Ryan is alone (so very alone) he only has one PaleoPOW to present. This week's PaleoPOW comes from Joshua W., who had the decency to donate some actual money to the show, and e-mailed in a review to avoid using iTunes

 

 

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Music for this week's show:

Fallen Leaves - Billy Talent

Honey Won't You Let Me You In - The Tallest Man On Earth

Direct download: Ep_221_Science..._sort_of_-_An_Unsuitable_Podcast.mp3
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00:00:00 - Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, you find out that beluga whales now have cat parasites. The parasites are surviving in the cold whales thanks to climate change, and it wouldn't necessarily be a problem expect arctic peoples tend to eat the whale meat raw, which is bad news for pregnant ladies. Moral of the story? Always cook your whale meat thoroughly before consumption!

00:18:50 - Drinks don't often need to be cooked. If they do you're drinking something weird. Joe is driving some V8 over ice, how fancy. Ryan doesn't care what time it is and has a Slope Style Winter IPA from Boulder Beer Company. And Kelly has a latte, how convenient!

00:22:06 - Worried about spilling your coffee? Well if you add some frothy milk you'll reduce your risk, because we no know that a foamy head reduces sloshing, thus reducing spilling. Thanks, science!

00:34:46 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like lattes, they've become very popular in recent years but you shouldn't have too many in a day. Kelly has a followup from Joel, originally features in episode 204, updating us on the situation with Tasmanian Devil face cancer. Joe has a nice voicemail from Christian in Miami thanking. And Ryan has an update from Brad M. in Australia following up from when he called out all Brads.

00:56:35 - Extended outro this week because Joe had more things he wanted to say about sloshing!

 

Music for this week's show:
Parasites - San Fermin
Coffee - Sylvan Esso
11:11 - Andrew Bird
Direct download: Ep_220_Science..._sort_of_-_Spillover.mp3
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00:00:00 - This week we start off with the sort of and work our way back to science. Dr. Gregory Benford has some ideas for how we could terraform the moon to make it more like Florida (in terms of climate, not all that other weirdness). The Russians have announced plans for a permanent moon-base so they should probably be taking notes or talking with the citizens of Whittier, AK, the town that all lives in one building together.

 

00:25:38 - It's a stereotype that Russian enjoy a drink, is the stereotype the same for scientists? If not, maybe it should be, because on this show we do. Patrick has a porter from Southern Tier Brewing Company, even though he still has a problem with their name. Ryan has a Deliria, a beer made by women but drinkable by anyone. After forgetting to ask what Abe is having, we learn that it's an unpronounceable Icelandic thing anyways. Thanks a lot, Abe.

 

00:33:06 - Former guest of the show Jacquelyn Gill would like us to stop calling horses in North America invasive. She presents some really solid arguments that are eventually discussed once the hosts can stop getting distracted. Things we get distracted talking about: eating horse, tiny deer from Floridabeefalo, Kristen Schaal (a noted horse) and an app to tell you about your fish. We are also very proud to announce the first ever Patrick Wheatley Inaugural Horse Poll. You can participate below and await its return with baited breath.

 

01:05:56 - paleoPOWs are a lot like wild horses, they look like docile one, but can still bite and kick you in the head. Patrick is excited to thank Stacey A. for her new recurring donation. Thanks, Stacey! Ryan has an e-mail from Ali in MO who is listening to the all the episodes backwards. This somehow prompts a discussion of emoticons vs. emoji, which Ryan doesn't understand because he's an old man. Finally, Abe has an e-mail from Luke J. whose actually done some climbing science, which is of interest to those of who climb (2/3 of the hosts at the very least).

 

 

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

 

 

Music for this week's show:

Moonage Daydream - David Bowie

Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer - Billy Currington

Flying Horses - Dispatch

Direct download: Ep_219_Science..._sort_of_-_From_Russia_With_Love.mp3
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00:00:00 - Turns out our excitement of the detection of really old gravity waves was a bit premature, mostly because it didn't exactly happen. Ben explains. A duck appears. The next segment begins.

 

00:22:36 - Ryan kicks things off by going with a Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger from his local brewery Altitude (but don't expect to hear the song). Charlie complements with another bold IPA in the form of a Boot Toss from his local brewery Wander Brewing. Ben has a drink that has all the ingredients of beer, but isn't somehow.

 

00:28:47 - Tom from North Carolina calls in to ask how we can know that some water is older than the solar system? Because if water has memory than the homeopaths we wright and he just can't abide that. We explain the science, and assure everyone that homeopathy remains nonsense.

 

00:55:53 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like old water; probably fine but you can't help but feeling it's just off somehow. Ryan snuck his in the previous segment so Charlie charges ahead thanking Tom V. from the Netherlands who started a recurring donation. Thanks, Tom! And Ben fields a classic physics question from Michael about dropped objects in a vacuum.

 

 

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

 

 

Music for this week's show:

The Background - Third Eye Blind

Our Work Is Never Over - Diplo

The Light And The Sea - Dar Williams

Direct download: Ep_218_Science..._sort_of_-_Wrong_in_Space.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:24am EDT

00:00:00 - This week Abe and Ryan  joined by Dr. Dave McGarvie to get an update on what's going on with those pesky Icelandic volcanoes that seem to keep threatening air travel. What's the deal there, Dave?

 

00:24:10 - One way to stay cool around hot lava is a drink. Sure, maybe not a flammable one, but that's what the segment is about regardless. Dave is enjoying some Laphroaigh Scotch Whisky but can't help but mention his favorite themed coffee Hot Java Lava. Abe, to ingratiate himself to our guest, enjoys a Full Bore Scotch Ale from Devil's Canyon Brewing Co. And since this was recorded some time ago, Ryan toasts the holidays with a Hanukkah, Chanukah limited edition release from Shmaltz Brewing Company.

 

The discussion flows as seamlessly as magma back into more volcano talk, but also science news reporting and outreach. Be sure to check out Dave's blog and Twitter feed for the unfiltered on what's really happening on everyone's favorite north Atlantic hotspot!

 

01:20:41 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like eruptions, unpredictable but inevitable. Abe informs us all of a new recurring donation started by Chunk, who uses his powers to try and embarrass Ryan. Thanks, Chunk... sort of. Ryan is stoked to have a new iTunes review from ndesouza22, reigniting the dreaded pronoun game!

 

 

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

 

 

Music for this week's show:

Danger Mountain - Anamanaguchi

Explode - Sugarcult

Direct download: Ep_217_Science..._sort_of_-_Go_With_The_Flow.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT

00:00:00 - How did humans domesticate cats? Per usual, the answer may come from chemistry. Also, why did cats never put in the effort to become man's best friend? Aloof jerks. Do you want to know more about cats? Check out actual book Wild Cats of the World. Ryan has a copy, maybe you should too. 

 

00:26:21 - Cats drink using their tongue and physics. We just drink using our mouths, and this week Patrick kicks things off with a The Corruption IPA from DC Brau. Abe is a bit under the weather so relies upon the healing powers of the a Maker's Mark Hot Toddy. And Ryan mixed up Schrodinger and Heisenberg and their respective relevance to cats but manages to power through his Hoppenburg Uncertainty Principle from River North Brewing. 

 

00:33:33 - Now for the really important question: What does your cat think you are? Some say your cat thinks you're a cat. Others say that your cat thinks you're an unpredictable ape. Which is it SCIENCE?

 

00:56:13 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like cats, they difficult to tame and can give you parasites if you're not careful. Abe presents a new recurring donation from Andrew H. Thanks, Andrew! Patrick is surprised to learn that a bigfoot has been sighted on the island state of Hawaii by Tara F. Ryan has something special from the physical mailbox from Veronica W. This week we're giving away the game Offspring Fling! for Steam. If you'd like it, just be the first to write in and it could be yours!

 

 

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

 

 

Music for this week's show:

Cat Turned Blue - Rusted Root

Here Is Gone - Goo Goo Dolls

Cat Piano - Seabear

Direct download: Ep_216_Science..._sort_of_-_Podcat.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:16am EDT

00:00:00 - This week Ryan is joined by Mara Grunbaum, author of the popular Tumblr blog and now book, WTF, Evolution?! The conversation begins with how Mara got started writing about science, and the challenges that come with writing science for adults and kids alike.

 

00:17:40 - Trying to make excuses for evolution is enough to drive anyone to drink, and we're no exception. Mara consoles herself with a 400 Pound Monkey from Left Hand Brewery, while Ryan gets feisty with a Two-headed Rooster from Out of Bounds Brewing Co. A discussion of fighting prowess obviously ensues.

 

00:21:13 - In part two of Ryan's conversation with Mara, we mostly discuss her blog and book all about the quirks and foibles of evolution. Does Mara have favorites? What nonsense did Ryan contribute to her book? Is her book meant to praise or undermine the whackiness of natural selection? You'll have to listen to find out!

 

00:53:32 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like evolution, sometimes they find deceptively simple solutions to complex problems. This week the solution to our financial problems is solved in the form of a recurring donation initiated by Adam. K. Thanks, Adam!

 

 

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

 

 

Music for this week's show:

True and Mighty - The Reigning Monarchs

Monkey!!!Knife!!!Fight!!! - Minus the Bear

Kyle Quit The Band - Tenacious D

Direct download: Ep_215_Science..._sort_of_-_Good_Enough_For_Now.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:36am EDT

Live from the Bay Area Science Festival it's Science... sort of! Featuring Kelly WeinersmithBen Tippett, and Ryan Haupt from the fabulous confines of Piston & Chain we bring you a show that encompasses some things that are science, some things that are sort of science, and some things that wish they were science! It's a free-wheeling good time featuring two wonderful interviews, the first with the owner of Piston & Chain, former biochemist Erica Fawell and the second with UC Berkeley graduate student, the disco clam studying Lindsey Dougherty! Beers are had in between and questions are saved for the end. We wish you could have all been there in person, but hopefully you enjoy the audio and our encouraged to demand a live show near you!

 

Special thanks to Tim DobbsJoe Batwinis, and Zach Weinersmith for help with setup, recording, and takedown. Thanks as well to Kishore Hari, who organized the event. And to YOU the listeners (and especially the donors) who literally made it possible for us to pull this off. THANKS!

 

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

Direct download: Ep_214_Science..._sort_of_-_Live_at_BASF.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:24pm EDT

00:00:00 - Patrick and Ryan welcome Astrophysicist Steve Healey to the show! We begin with a brief overview of what exactly astrophysics is. Steve claims that by listening to this section, you'll have completed most of a bachelors in the subject. Congrats!

 

00:20:15 - To celebrate your recent academic achievement, we all have a drink. In celebration, Steve uncorks some Champagne Soda, whatever the hell that is. Ryan powers through his trepidation and tries a pickleback, with whiskey from Wyoming and pickles sent in my listener Jerrold. Thanks, Jerrold! And Patrick kicks back with Back in Black from 21st Amendment Brewery. 

 

00:31:17 - Now that we're all clear on the basics, we ask Steve to tell us about some his latest work. Which involves both the first and second sightings of an Active Galactic Nuclei. Don't worry, we make him explain it. 

 

01:07:32 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like Active Galactic Nuclei; we're still not sure we get what the big deal is. Patrick is happy to announce a new recurring donation from John K. Ryan has a new guerrilla-style brachiolope drawing to be added to the Brachiolope Gallery from Colin D. Thanks, Colin! Ryan is also giving away a copy of the RPG Anodyne for anyone subscribed to the newsletter who would like it. Just e-mail in! (Only one copy; first come, first served.) Finally, Ryan participated in a course about podcast storytelling, if you'd like to purchase the course yourself, you can do so here at CreativeLive.

 

 

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

 

 

 

Music for this week's show:

Space, Full Colour - SonicPicnic (from the game Awesomenauts)

Champagne Supernova - Oasis

Satellite [Astronaut Remix] - Guster

Direct download: Ep_213_Science..._sort_of_-_Astro_Boy.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:08pm EDT