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.

 

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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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:18pm PST

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.

 

 

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

 

 

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:51pm PST

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!

 

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

 

 

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
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:05pm PST