Dec 3, 2014
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