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English, Sciences, 1 seasons, 364 episodes, 6 days 1 hour
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.
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347 - Skipping Strikes

00:00:00 - Researchers have determined that if you want one big skip instead of many little skips you should select a potato-shaped rock instead of a flat one. If that’s what you’re into… 00:23:00 - Another way to enjoy a day on the river is with a beverage. Patrick is back to basics with a Guinness. Charlie is legally enjoying a Rogue Ginger Yuzu CBD Seltzer. And Ryan is recovering with some maximum-strength cold medicine. 00:31:45 - In the <a href= "
29/04/20231 hour 9 minutes 49 seconds
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346 - Kenji and the Indestructible, Functional, No Fooling, Very Versatile Wok

00:00:00 - Ryan is joined by cookbook author and YouTuber J. Kenji López-Alt to discuss his latest book The Wok: Recipes and Techniques, available wherever fine books are sold including our own page on Can you ruin your wok your first time using it? Is carbon steel superior to cast iron? Can you poison your guests with hot peppers? Tune in to find out! 00:26:40 - Ryan enjoys an Americano made using Worka Sakaro beans roasted by Night Swim Coffee in Charlotte, NC. 00:30:15 - Part two of Ryan’s hard-hitting no-holds-barred discussion of the wok with Kenji continues!
04/02/20231 hour 8 minutes 32 seconds
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345 - Evil Prevails

00:00:00 - Manly Ryan North (@ryanqnorth) returns to the show to talk to Ben and Handsome Ryan (not a self-selected nickname) to talk about his new book, How to Take Over the World: Practical Schemes and Scientific Solutions for the Aspiring Supervillain, available now wherever fine books are sold! 00:36:00 - Taking over the world is thirst work. Fortunately, we came prepared. Ben is enjoying some burdock tea, which comes from the roots of a bush. Ryan is having the debatably thematic Thespian Espionage by Weathered Ground Brewing. 00:44:59 - The discus
07/01/20231 hour 43 minutes 15 seconds
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344 - Stung by the Truth

00:00:00 - Kelly and Ryan are thrilled to be joined by her friend and colleague, Dr. Andrew Forbes! He’s a parasitic insect kind of guy (not meant as an insult!) and we discuss his journey a bit before diving into some recent and exciting research! 00:35:37 - It could be argued that parasites drink the lifeforce of others, but hopefully that’s not the case with us. Ryan doubles down with an Americano using Jorge Raul Rivera Pacamara Honey #96 beans from Chalatenango, El Salvador via Black & White Roasters, which is delicious. Kelly doesn’t have a beer so is settling for a lactose-free White Salamander after wrapping up season 1 of her n
12/08/20221 hour 50 minutes 46 seconds
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Special Edition 16 - Project Hail Mary

00:00:00 - Time for a special edition Science… sort of Book Club! Ryan, Joe, and Tim all read Andy Weir’s new novel Project Hail Mary. What did they think of it? How was the science? Should Andy Weir design escape rooms? All this, and more, is discussed! To buy the book, we recommend using our affiliate program with, we get a small percent for sending you there and the book will be sent to you by a local bookshop. Win win! More cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on our Patreon! Music credit: Ave Maria - Podington Bear Audio Production: Ryan Haupt<
25/04/20221 hour 11 minutes 18 seconds
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343 - Webb's in the Greenhouse

00:00:00 - There’s a new telescope in town to look out of town and see exactly what’s going on in this here galaxy. Introducing… the James Webb Space Telescope! What can it do? Where can it do it? And did we name it after a not so great dude? All this and more are discussed! 00:36:36 - Drinks are any beverage that are consumed. Here, we talk about them. Joe is having tea with lemon and honey to help with a cough. Ryan recommends even fancier tea. Ryan waxes poetic about a Herkenrode Abbey Vesper (typical
24/03/20221 hour 58 minutes 29 seconds
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342 - The Extinction of Fossil Fuels

00:00:00 - Joe and Ryan are excited to be joined by Craig Welch and Sam Howe Verhovek who each have articles in the October 2021 issue of National Geographic “The Revolution is Here” which is all about the future of non-fossil fuel transportation. Craig wrote the article “The future of driving is here–and it’s electric” and Sam wrote the article “How green can we make air travel? And how soon?”. Discussion ensues. 00:40:41 - Discussion pauses so J
31/01/20221 hour 17 minutes 39 seconds
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341 - Highway to the Science Zone

00:00:00 - Joe and Ryan are joined by their friend Dr. Antonio “Tony” Munoz, who tells us about his work as a scientist and his journey from the world of research to the world of consulting. Tony’s open access papers for those who want to learn more: Free energy calculation of modified base-pair formation in explicit solvent: A predictive model Active yeast ribosome preparation using monolithic anion exchange chromatography Structural Cha
14/01/20222 hours 10 minutes 55 seconds
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340 - Anchor's Away Part 5: The Final Anchoring

00:00:00 - In which Ryan introduces the concept of this type of episode… for the last time. (But which can be previously heard in episodes 266, 282, 326, and 332.) 00:05:23 - Zootopia and Disney Lemming Myths 00:10:51 - Bio bios: Fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) 00
01/01/202250 minutes 2 seconds
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339 - Voices Assemble!

00:00:00 - Ryan is joined by Megan Johnson (@mmjohnso), Becca Van Hoeck (@becca_vanhoeck), and Caitlin Bergstrom (@caityydid). Megan and Becca are Ph.D. researchers working on the environmental engineering of the atmosphere around wildfires and fish ecology using marine soundscapes, respectively and in the first segment they tell us a bit about their awesome research. 00:30:16 - Drinks are a bit like wildfires and marine ecosystems: they're wet but they burn. Megan is enjoying a Left Hand (Chai) Milk Stout. Becca is working on some chilled white wine from a subscri
25/05/20211 hour 24 minutes 40 seconds
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338 - We bought a Zoo-ologist’s book

00:00:00 - Dr. Arik Kershenbaum (@arikkershenbaum) stops by to talk about his new book, The Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy: What Animals on Earth Reveal about Aliens—And Ourselves, AKA the fastest we’ve ever said yes to an interview. 00:27:50 - Both life and beef requires water, so let’s talk about what we’re drinking. Patrick has a perfectly adequate Punk AF from BrewDog, Ryan is also having a non-alcoholic Upside Dawn Golden Ale from Athletic Brewing. It is also fine. 00:36:29 - Part 2
23/04/20211 hour 12 minutes 48 seconds
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337 - Living on the Edge

00:00:00 - Carl Zimmer (@CarlZimmer) has returned to the show to talk to us about his new book, Life’s Edge: The Search For What It Means To Be Alive. While it may be hard to define life, we can provide definite timestamps for the first part of our conversation about the book! 00:26:16 - Having access to liquid is an essential part of life, which includes drinks. Ryan pontificates about his Hoplark HopTea with Spruce Tips which is surprisingly refreshing. After a digression, Patrick gets to reveal that he is also enjoying the
10/04/20211 hour 14 minutes 22 seconds
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336 - Sweet Sake and Spoiled Spores

00:00:00 - Returning guest Jen Gallagher (@yeastychic) has brought along two former students to talk about their continued research into the world of yeast! We’re excited to be joined by Matt Winas, currently the lead scientist at Imperial Yeast Labs, and Postdoctoral Research Apoorva Ravishankar. First up, we chat with Matt about his work on sake yeast hybridization and how yeast respond toxic metallic nanoparticles. 00:28:21 - Yeast make all manner of drinks so let’s talk about that. Apoorva eschews the yeast theme with a hot cup of coffee (with cream and sugar) and the gang reminisces about the coffee shop closest to the
27/03/20211 hour 17 minutes 6 seconds
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335 - Major Herp-o-compatability Complex

00:00:00 - Kelly and Ryan are psyched to be joined by Gina Zwicky (@GinaGoesOutside) to talk about all things herps (amphibians + reptiles)! We begin with a discussion about Gina’s work the immune system of Caribbeans lizards, specifically the major histocompatibility complexes of the Saban’s anole using the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s (NCBI) awesome genetic database. And Ryan transitions the group to the next segment but half remembering a cool project on the island of Domin
28/02/20211 hour 13 minutes 45 seconds
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334 - Destruction Breeds Creation

00:00:00 - The Triassic Period was clearly a tough time to be alive, since a lot of things kept dying. Researchers have recently uncovered a potentially new extinction that happened during the Triassic, and another team has uncovered more evidence of what cased the extinction we already knew about at the end of the Triassic. The culprit in both cases? Volcanoes! Abe and Ryan try to co-explain. 00:29:05 - Like volcanoes, beers also release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Abe is eager to go first with
13/02/20211 hour 11 minutes 46 seconds
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333 - AGU Brought To You

00:00:00 - Thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the AGU Fall Meeting had to go all online, but that didn’t showing up and recording some interviews. But plot twist! This year we sent Producer Tim Dobbs to do the interviewing and Ryan is just along for the ride. In his first interview, Tim talks to Amato Evan about his work looking at how dust clouds from the Sahara in Africa have climatic affects as far away as the other side of the Atlantic AKA Godzilla Dust Storms! 00:33:18 - A little dust in the throat goes away with a quick drink. This episode, Ryan is amazed by the color of his <a href="" target= "_blank" rel
29/01/20211 hour 37 minutes 49 seconds
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Special Edition 15 - TENET

00:00:00 - Ryan is joined by Jesse B. Grove V to discuss the highly anticipated sci-fi action thriller, Christopher Nolan’s TENET. Jesse is drinking an Outer Realm from Original Pattern Brewing Company and Ryan is drinking The Magic Touch by American Solera and they are both IPAs because that’s the kind of guys they are. Be sure to check out the Sator Square and here is a link to the graphic timeline mentioned towards the end of the episode. Tune in to find out just how much they did, or didn’t, or did like the film! You can also follow Ryan (<a href= "https://lette
14/01/20211 hour 18 minutes 36 seconds
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332 - Anchor's Away Part 4

00:00:00- We're doing another Anchor-themed clip show! Following up on episodes 266, 282, and 326 we have another round of short audio clips that Ryan created for the podcast startup Anchor under the banner of Organized Curiosity (explanation of the name here). 00:01:43 - Ryan explains the ‘Up-Goer Five’ challenge, reads <a href= "
26/12/202056 minutes 21 seconds
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331 - Just Another Mammoth Monday

00:00:00 - Abe and Ryan are joined by paleontologists Lindsey Yann and Advait Jukar (@amjukar) to talk about all manner of proboscideans! First up, hundreds of mammoth fossils have been found underneath the construction site for a new airport outside Mexico City. An amazing find with some similarities to the Waco Mammoth National Monument where Lindsey was just hired as the park’s first in-house paleontologist. And as the park’s paleontologist, <a href= "https:
08/11/20201 hour 22 minutes 35 seconds
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330 - Amber Waves of Sap and Problems of Pollen Prairies

00:00:00 - Researcher Daniel Katz and journalist Lucas Joel (@LucasVanWykJoel) join Ryan to talk about Dan’s research into Detroit’s pollen problem. Too many vacant lots means a lot more ragweed for the residents of the city to deal with. Want to get involved with Dan’s research? Check out his citizen science project Pollen Tracker! 00:41:26 - After the allergy-inducing first segment, a drink is enjoyed by all. Ryan Escapes with the help of Offshoot Beer Co. Lucas is having his very favorite South African <a href= "" t
24/10/20201 hour 40 minutes 54 seconds
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329 - Long Naps and Near Misses

00:00:00 - Joe begins the show by explaining how we all just nearly died last month but didn’t as an asteroid had the closest flyby of Earth ever detected thanks to some pretty cool new observation tech at the Zwicky Transient Facility in CA paired with machine learning. 00:23:08 - After a near-miss of an asteroid impact, it’s only natural to want a drink. Ryan begins with some Still Hollow Spirits unaged corn whiskey, aka moonshine. Joe corrects the record on his White Russian recipe by making another White Russian according to the recipe posted from the last time he had a White Russian. Abe enjoys some <a href= "
09/10/20201 hour 29 minutes 7 seconds
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328 - Redox Violations

00:00:00 - Phosphine has been detected in the atmosphere of Venus, where it shouldn’t exist. How could it have formed in detectable quantities? One explanation could be microbes living in a habitable zone high in the Venusian atmosphere, so that’s neat. 00:25:00 - Drinks would not exist for long on Venus due to the extreme heat, but here on Earth they go down just fine. Ben has a horchata-flavored drink which sounds delightful. Charli
24/09/20201 hour 2 minutes 28 seconds
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327 - Soils and Soot

00:00:00 - Charlie, Abe, and Ryan are joined by Sommelier Kristy Wenz because we’re talking about wine! Why wine? Stay tuned to the drinks segment to find out! But first up, they discuss the effects of geology, soil pH, and precipitation on the quality of wines from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. 00:20:04 - This episode What Are We Drinking is sponsored by Glasses Up Social, a service that sends wine to you and your friends and sets up a group chat for you all to enjoy the wines together! It solves the issue of ending every call with “We should do this more often!” but never actually doing it. Plus you get try boutique wines from
10/09/20201 hour 37 minutes 45 seconds
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326 - Anchor's Away Part 3

00:00:00 - We're doing another Anchor-themed clip show! Following up on episodes 266 and 282, we have another round of short audio clips that Ryan created for the podcast startup Anchor under the banner of Organized Curiosity (explanation of the name here). Before we dive in, two things: the correction and the drink. The correction is an explanation of a misspelling. The drink is a Mystic Mamma IPA from Jackie O’s, it’s especially go
28/08/20201 hour 9 minutes 26 seconds
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325 - Arch: -osaurs and -eology

00:00:00 - First up, we discuss the evolution of thalattoscuhians, or crocodilians who evolved to live life in the seas, based on CAT scans of their skulls and what that means for their convergent evolution with whales.   00:20:39 - Crocs have returned to the drink and so have we. It’s an older joke, but it checks out. Patrick has what feels like an inappropriately named Goram IPA from Butcombe Brewing Co. Following by Ryan’s double buzz-inducing PBR Hard Coffee. And finishing out with Joe’s homemade mocha latte.</
13/08/20201 hour 1 minute 29 seconds
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324 - Suit up for Science

00:00:00 - Ryan is joined by Lisa Lundgren and Gabriel Santos, two of the heads of Cosplay for Science, an organization that uses elaborating costuming (called cosplay) to advocate for science! But first, we talk about the science. Lisa is a social scientist who studies informal science learning and Gabe is a paleontologist and outreach coordinator who has studied marine mammals including the excellent group Desmostylians. Some papers by Lisa: <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="n
31/07/20201 hour 28 minutes 36 seconds
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323 - Harnessing the Power of the Great Old Ones

00:00:00 - This episode Ben and Ryan are joined by Ph.D. student and podcaster Kathryn Cogert (@KathrynIsabel), who specializes in mimicking the microbial nitrogen cycling as seen in Oxygen Minimum Zones of the ocean with the aim of improving wastewater treatment. We begin with the basics of why nitrogen pollution is an issue and how nitrogen is currently removed in wastewater treatment and why it’s sort of a hot mess. 00:21:42 - Nothing like talking about wastewater to build up a thirst. Ben, self-described sleepy fella, sneaks in an ad for cherry-wild cherry tea from Canada’s own <a href="
09/07/20201 hour 14 minutes 8 seconds
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322 - Drawn to Neanderthals

00:00:00 - We are joined by cartoonist Jeffrey Brown to talk about his work. First up, we discuss his Lucy & Andy Neanderthal series about a Homo neanderthalensis family that’s just trying to get by in the Stone Age. 00:32:11 - drinks But the Homo sapiens are here now and we have learned to distill. Patrick takes advantage of distillation with the Spirit of Cambridge Islay Single Malt Scotch which prompts many questions from Ryan. And Ryan also sips some scotch in the form of Balvenie Doublewood 12, which may be why he was so eager to lear
25/06/20201 hour 34 minutes 28 seconds
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321 - A Welcome Intrusion

00:00:00 - New experimental research shows that there might still be volcanoes active on Venus, which is a big deal since it has long been thought that Venus didn’t have active plate tectonics. Abe breaks down how the hottest planet in the solar system may have just gotten a bit hotter. 00:22:00 - Drinks would evaporate quickly on Venus, so we better drink them fast before they’re gone! Abe has the thematically appropriate Volcano Sauce by Aslin Beer Company. Ryan supports a local cidery with a Nevertheless by ANXO. Joe eschews juice with his Pepsi Zero Wild Cherry, but even though he’s not a beer drinker he advocates supporting
11/06/20201 hour 8 minutes 45 seconds
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320 - Keeping Cool On Climate

00:00:00 - Patrick puts forth proposals for less automobile-focused cities (see more on his Twitter feed @pvwheatley) before we dive into part 1 of Ryan’s interview with UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography Ph.D. Student Maya Becker. She attended the UN’s climate change conference last year (COP25) and then wrote an op-ed about climate change for her local paper. We talk about how scientists can find advocacy that works for them. 00:28:52 - Getting a lot done can be aided by the right beverage. Maya is a coffee fiend and enjoys <a href= "" target="_blank" r
27/05/20201 hour 28 minutes 1 second
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319 - Standing up to Satellites

00:00:00 - We welcome back our old buddy Jacob Stump as he joins to discuss the evolution of the human big toe, which is more interesting than you might think because it showed up sort of lake to the walking around on two feet party. 00:30:21 - Using circular logic we have reason to celebrate with a drink because Joe is having a drink! A White Russian, to be precise. Jacob extols the virtues of Aldi, including their version of a Blue Moon. And Ryan is having a beer for charity in the form of <a href= "
23/04/20201 hour 53 minutes 33 seconds
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318 - The X-Men Files: A Star Wars Story

00:00:00 - Asher Elbein (@asher_elbein) is still back but this time he and Ryan get really nerdy (if you believe that’s even possible after the last episode). The first half of super nerd talk begins with a brief remembrance of Tom Spurgeon, who passed away last year. But it is mostly about the new status quo regarding the X-Men, which kicked off with Johnathan Hickman’s House of X and Powers of
19/03/20201 hour 8 minutes 7 seconds
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317 - Wild Hogs Can't Be Broken

00:00:00 - Asher Elbein (@asher_elbein) is back to talk about feral hogs! If you listen to Reply All you may have already heard some of his reporting on the issue, but we were able to dig deep and really get it into. 00:14:54 - Drinking alone means making healthy choices (sometimes), like this nice bottle of Thai spice tea Ryan has from Running Byrd Tea Co. Free ad for some fine tea. 00:16:40 - We keep it invasive in part two of my chat with Asher where we talk about ‘invasive’ donkeys on public lands. Are they really invasive? Who decides and then who decides what to do about it? 00:48:21 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like interviews,
10/03/202053 minutes 37 seconds
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316 - Message in a Rocket

00:00:00 - Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to the show to talk about his new book, Letters from an Astrophysicist. In addition to book chat, he and Ryan also touch on the culture growth of pseudoscience such as people who believe the earth is flat, and 1960s sci-fi films like 2001 and Planet of the Apes. 00:26:46 - We have a segment for drinks. This is that segment. Abraham keeps it on topic with an Orbital Tilt IPA (Citra) from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. Joe is back onto the Rocket Fizz with a Gene Autry Root Beer, which leads to a discussion of root beer rankings. Ryan philosophizes
01/01/20201 hour 39 minutes 35 seconds
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315 - Planetary Growing Pains

00:00:00 - For our first topic, Ryan, Ben, and Joe explore the theory that the oddly-shaped space rock Oumumua is actually an alien reconnaissance ship. Seriously. 00:23:38 - If the threat of alien invasion doesn’t make you want a drink, then we applaud your restraint. But it makes Ben want to hydrate and have sugar, so he’s having some homemade sports drink. Which causes things to go more off the rails then one might expect. Ryan is finally getting around to the Beyond Resin IPA from Upland Brewing Company, which leads to a much more expected discussion on hop varietals. A brief cut later and Joe tells us that he’s having a Butterbeer from Ozark Mountain Bottleworks. Which is “very butterbeer-y”, according to Joe. 00:35:51 - Next, we tal
07/12/20191 hour 28 minutes 6 seconds
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314 - You win some, you lose some

00:00:00 - For this episode, we’re joined by Peter Brannen (@PeterBrannen1), author of the book The Ends of the World: Supervolcanoes, Lethal Oceans, and the Search for Past Apocalypses, which explains all the times when life has nearly been wiped out on our pale blue dot. Discussion ensues. 00:27:47 - In what may be the shortest drinks segment in the history of the show, we get right to it. Peter is having his favorite beer on planet earth, a Mexican Chocolate Stout from copper kettle brewing company in Aurora, CO. Ryan is also having a chocolatey beer from Off Color Brewing called Dino
07/11/20191 hour 36 minutes 57 seconds
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313 - Debating Diapsids

00:00:00 - Paleontologist Adam Pritchard (@PTPritchard), post-doc at NMNH and future Assistant Collections Manager at VNMN, joins Ryan to talk about all things reptiles! Diapsids, crown versus stem, mass extinctions; this segment has something for everyone (who likes reptiles)! 00:32:59 - A brief drinks interlude
22/08/20191 hour 13 minutes 27 seconds
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312 - A ’Peake at Chessie

00:00:00 - Joe brings his friend and historian Kristina Gaddy (@kgadz) onto the show to talk about Chessie, the supposed sea monster of the Chesapeake Bay (bay monster?). She wrote a piece about the history and cultural perception of this cryptid. 00:35:39 - It may not be surprising to hear that as a bona fide icon, Chessie is featured by some local breweries. Kristina is having a beer from RAR brewing that features a little Chessie on every can. Joe argues that his King Kong Cola is an appropriate choice given the theme. And Ryan enjoys a <a href= ""
25/07/20191 hour 30 minutes 17 seconds
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311 - Eat, Scan, Love

00:00:00 - The boys are back and they’re talking about meat. Specifically, how the idea that neanderthals ate mostly meat is being challenged by the idea that the chemistry can be tricked if the meat is already rotten when it’s eaten. Yum. But also, healthier diets are actually better for your carbon footprint, so put that moldy steak down and eat a vegetable already. 00:38:11 - And then wash it down with something. For example: Charlie is having some fancy juice. Ryan finally embraces an Old Pal with some Fa
18/07/20191 hour 19 minutes 11 seconds
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310 - Ecosystem Disservice

00:00:00 - After seeing a twitter thread about a recent publication, Ryan invited Jesse Alston (@IntegratEcology) on the show to talk about that paper and his scientific journey. They met up in Laramie and started with the latter, which is this segment. 00:33:30 - A brief interlude wherein Ryan is joined by Joe to discuss beverages. Joe is having leftover apple juice, and Ryan is having a cocktail in a can that he gussied up with some fancy homemade ice. 00:42:05 - Since Ryan and Jesse were c
25/06/20191 hour 38 minutes 35 seconds
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309 - AAAS Part II, Embrace the Undisciplined

00:00:00 - Ryan is joined by Utah State University journalism professor Matthew LaPlante (@mdlaplante), who teaches science graduate students how to communicate better all while doing #SciComm himself. They chat about Matthew's approach to helping scientists find the type of outreach that works best for them, amongst many other tangents. 00:23:53 - Impassioned conversation can lead to a powerful thirst, and this episode Ryan is staying hydrated with his trusty new water bottle. Get your own and show the dehydration haters who’s boss! 00:27:04 - The conversation continues. Matthew has a new book out, <
06/06/20191 hour 3 minutes 25 seconds
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308 - AAAS Part I, Draw It Out

00:00:00 - Recorded live at the annual meeting of AAAS, Ryan is joined by Jason McDermott (@BioDataGanache) and Matteo Farinella (@matteofarinella), two comic creating scientists who ran a session titled: Scientists Who Draw Comics: The Double Life of Visual Science Communicators, which you know Ryan would be all about. 00:28:23 - Ryan’s wife <a href= "" target="_blank" r
18/05/20191 hour 8 minutes 1 second
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307 - Laughing all the way to the lab

00:00:00 - This episode we’re thrilled to be joined by comedian Shane Mauss (@shanecomedy), currently touring his Stand Up Science show around the county and happy enough to sit down and chat with Ryan about it. In the first segment they talk about the way Shane thinks about comedy mathematically, growing up, and sloth poop because Ryan can’t help himself. 00:21:59 - Patrick and Charlie stop by to have a drink. Charlie is being refreshed by a Starbucks Refresher whereas Patrick is powering through some Glenlivet F
03/05/20191 hour 20 minutes 10 seconds
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306 - The World Without Us

00:00:00 - Thanks to the wonders of isotopic geochemistry, scientists have a found a link between the genocide of the native peoples of the Americas and a carbon drawdown that temporarily cooled global temperatures (Open access paper here: Koch et al. 2019). Doesn’t seem like a great option for thwarting climate change, but good to know regardless. 00:21:45 - Ben wanted something interesting and managed to find Grace Brand Peanut Punch, which he loves. Patrick returns to his roots with a little <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener"
25/04/20191 hour 15 minutes 27 seconds
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305 - AGU Part V, How To Train Your Science

00:00:00 - In our final AGU episode, Abe and Ryan host a roundtable discussion with some of the researchers who took the train from Scripps Oceanographic Institute (@scripps_ocean) in San Diego all the way to DC as part of their #trAinGU initiative that they've been doing for several years now. You may have gotten a glimpse of this chat if you follow us or Scripps on twitter. In no particular order we chatted with:  Wesley Neely (@SIOHydrogeodesy), Adrian Doran, Dara Go
22/04/20191 hour 31 minutes 17 seconds
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304 - AGU Part IV, To see an Ocean in a grain of a foram

00:00:00 - Dr. Heather Ford (@hl_ford), who was featured alongside a certain Paleopal for National Fossil Day, meets up with Ryan at Atlas Brew Works with her pup Sammy to talk about her work as a paleocenagropher, which apparently involves shooting lasers at tiny fossils to take the ocean’s temperatures. 00:28:18 - Since they’re already at a brewery, why not have a drink? Heather has the Blood Orange Gose and Ryan is having the <a href="" target= "_blank" rel="noope
21/03/20191 hour 42 minutes 24 seconds
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303 - AGU Part III, Erupting with Creativity

00:00:00 - Jill Shipman and Brandon Gellis join us to talk about their AGU eLightning session titled Art and Science: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Data Exploration and Communication. We talk about this novel presentation format, one of the featured talks, and Jill’s collaboration to make music using infrasonic recordings from a volcano (which serves as the featured music for this episode!). 00:30:53 - One thing that can make folks more musical is a drink, so let’s have one! Kelly classes up the joint with a Cabernet Sauvignon from J. Lohr. Ryan, inspired by <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopene
19/03/20191 hour 44 minutes 50 seconds
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302 - AGU Part II, Dune or dune not, there is no dry (ice)

00:00:00 - In part two of our AGU shows we begin with dunes! Ryan chats with Tom Ashley (@ThomasCAshley) and Rob Mahon (@RobertCMahon) about their work looking at how dunes form and move in a variety of conditions on, and off, Earth! And students, Robert is looking for grad students, so check out his website if you’re interested. The topic reminds Charlie of this old book a guy wrote about dunes because he was bored at war. 00:37:44 - All this talk
27/02/20191 hour 35 minutes 5 seconds
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301 - AGU Part I, The Fifth Element

00:00:00 - Photographer, filmmaker, and lapsed geomorphologist James Balog (@james_balog) joins Ryan and Abe to talk about his new film The Human Element, which screened at AGU and is available to stream now! After quizzing him about his Masters’ research, we spend some time learning about the inspiration for his new film and the challenges that come with trying to tell the stories of real people affected by climate change. 00:39:54 - A spicy, salty, bubbly, beverage would incorporate all four elements, but would you drink
09/02/20191 hour 22 minutes 52 seconds
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300 - This... is... SCIENCE

00:00:00 - To celebrate our 300th episode and make up for skipping Thanksgiving this year we’re doing an all feedback segment! Patrick starts off with an e-mail from Stephen H. who has spotted a potential relative of the Brachiolope (see below) and wants our take on its potential evolutionary pathway. Ryan comes next with an e-mail from Prof. Ken C. trying to help settle a long-standing debate about the appropriate prefix for supervillains versus superheroes. Charlie follows up on the pigeonhole debate with many facts from potential etymologist Ascii Aardvark, even if Charlie can’t remember why said facts are relevant. And finally, Abe prefers Icelandic to Spanish when it comes to describing the ice features found
25/01/20192 hours 8 minutes 13 seconds
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299 - Phone a Friend

00:00:00 - This episode we’re joined by Sarah McAnulty (@SarahMackAttack), a Ph.D. candidate studying the immune system of the bobtail squid, which is delightfully cute and glows in the dark to avoid detection. You can see some of her research in action in this video: Bobtails + Bacteria = BFF. Finally, according to Sarah and Alton Brown, EAT ALL THE SQUIDS THAT YOU CAN, THE OCEAN DEPENDS ON IT. 00:24:15 - Squids live in the drink and Abe stops by for one. He’s enjoying, as best he can, a <a href= "
11/01/20191 hour 16 minutes 25 seconds
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298 - The Whale Identity

00:00:00 - A quick intro to let everyone know that this episode features an interview with former guest of the show (episode 97) Dr. Nick Pyenson recorded live at Room 11 in D.C. Thanks for Room 11 for having us! 00:01:49 - Nick Pyenson joins us to talk about his new book Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures with illustrations by Alex Boersma. A free-wheeling discussion ensues over a couple of burnt sugar old-fashioned cocktails. We talk a lot about whales and their portrayal in the book, but also mention
02/01/20191 hour 17 minutes 35 seconds
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297 - Unintentional Turtle Soup

00:00:00 - We start the show the somber story of humanity's continued impact on global climate as recently re-outlined in the Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States. We talk about what the report says, how it maybe says it in a new way (hint: it's the economy), and what we can maybe do next to help mitigate it. 00:31:41 - But a hot earth doesn’t necessarily mean hot drinks. Patrick has a Proper Job, and he’s drinking one too. Ryan bought a beer based on art alone because the <a href= "
13/12/20181 hour 11 minutes 38 seconds
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296 - Of Fossils and Forest Fires

00:00:00 - For the first half of the show we’re featuring an interview recorded at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM! The interview features a longtime friend of the show Brandon Bourassa (@CrocGypsy) and is hosted(?!) by former guest Khai Button. It’s a free-wheeling conversation, but archosaurs are the main focus, from actual fossils to the so-called “living fossils” that are modern crocs. You can check out Khai's recent paper on Therizinosaurs (personal favorite taxa of mine) here: Incremental growth of therizinosaurian dental tissues: implications for dietary transitions in Theropoda  And you can learn
30/11/20181 hour 22 minutes 46 seconds
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295 - War of the Words

00:00:00 - Patrick and Charlie return to discuss Martian colonization, but not just whether or not we could, but whether or not we should. Technical concerns aside, what do we risk ethically if we decide to make Mars a haven for wayward humans? And are we already too late to even worry about it? (Also, be sure to check out some of the work done by Charlie’s old acquaintance Margarita Marinova) 00:22:24 - Mars may not have much water but we do. Charlie, in the earliest time zone, goes first with his Kombucha Town Cascadian Hop Ceylon Tea. Ryan follows
17/11/20181 hour 14 minutes 11 seconds
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294 - Owl Hollow's Eve

FIRST OFF: GO VOTE 00:00:00 - Asher Elbein (@asher_elbein) is here to chat with Ryan about his journey to becoming a science journalist. Topics include: being a Bitter Southerner, snake handling, a new Odyssey translation, how great the show Justified was, and more! 00:27:26 - Speaking of milking snakes, let’s have a drink. Asher works through some water purchased when the Texas taps couldn’t be trusted. Ryan explains and enjoys a crowler of the <a href= ""
04/11/20181 hour 22 minutes 34 seconds
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293 - Libations and Liquefactions

00:00:00 - We begin with some very old beer (or slightly alcoholic porridge, if you prefer) before moving on to one of the latest advances in brewing technology (e.g., making yeast mimic hops), so covering the entirety of all beer in one segment. No big deal. 00:31:53 - We were talking about beer so let’s have some! Tim has a Tropic Plunder IPA from TW Pitchers Brewing Company. Abe then takes his time telling us about an exotic Pale Ale procured from Gæðingur Öl Brugghús in Iceland. And Ryan literally rolls the dice to decide upon some Gray Wolf Timber Sassafras finished gi
23/10/20181 hour 37 minutes 31 seconds
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292 - Matryoshka Moochers and Median Magma

00:00:00 - We are thrilled to be joined by Kelly’s collaborator Scott Egan, whose lab at Rice University recently found an example of parasitism on a parasite. No matter how much we’ve talked about it before, we still have a lot of questions of the complexities of these interactions and some harsh judgments for the leeching lifestyle. 00:35:59 - Nothing like a drink after you’ve been drained. Kelly claims to enjoy a Potter’s cider with added hops and guava. Ryan continues to lament the sorry state of East Coast IPAs but still likes his Juiced In Time</a
05/10/20181 hour 32 minutes 23 seconds
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291 - Getting to the Root of it All

00:00:00 - Matt from In Defense of Plants joins Joe and Ryan to talk about F.R.E.D., which is an acronym for a root-database that just reached version 2.0! Why does having a bunch of root data available matter? What’s the point of databases in general? Listen and find out! 00:22:43 - Roots drink, we drink. It’s all the same. Ryan has a typically convoluted thing in the form of a Papes Off the Crust Appalachian-style kvass ale brewed with pumpernickel bread, apples, fig leaves, and coconuts. Juli weighs in with her thoughts and the dog
21/09/20181 hour 3 minutes 15 seconds
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290 - Because Science Live

00:00:00 - Sometimes life finds a way, to get in the way, so instead of the show we were supposed to record, here’s another from the archives. This time, we’re rolling back the clock to October 2014, mere moments after the live show you heard in episode 214. After our show, Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile) took the stage to do a Because Science live panel discussion lead by him featuring Patrick House (@drmisterpatrick), Zach Weiner (<a href= "https://tw
13/09/20181 hour 10 minutes 18 seconds
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Bonus: American Innovations - Artificial Intelligence Preview

The folks at Wondery have asked us to share a preview from their podcast American Innovations hosted by popular science author Steven Johnson. If you like the preview and would like to hear the full episode plus episodes on topics like mapping the human genome or the rise of the personal computer, head over to or iTunes for more!
31/08/201810 minutes 51 seconds
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289 - Fossil Field Trip: Calvert Cliffs

00:00:00 - Abe, Bev, and Ryan went fossil hunting! This time they took a trip out to the shores of Chesapeake Bay, but first. What is the Chesapeake Bay, how did it get there, and what was the climate like when the fossils they ended up finding were forming? We chat about that, mostly informed by Roadside Geology of Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, D.C. and with a dramatic reading from Fossil Collecting in the Mid-Atlantic States: With Localities, Collecting Tips, and Illustrations. 00:19:11 - Listen, the fossils have been there for millions of years, they can wait until after you've had a beer. After some prompting, Bev decides to go first with a <a
24/08/20181 hour 47 minutes 17 seconds
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288 - From The Archives

00:00:00 - Back in 2015, Ryan was joined by writer Brian Switek (@Laelaps) for an evening of drinks and discussion of dinosaurs in pop culture. The chat begins with the then recently released <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-cke-saved-href= "
10/08/20181 hour 40 minutes 13 seconds
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287 - Descent into Madness

00:00:00 - This week Ryan is joined by Will Harris and David Moscato (@DMos150) from the Common Descent podcast. First up, we learn about the paleontology research they both did as Masters students at East Tennessee State University working at their Gray Fossil Site. Long story short: Will did <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-cke-saved-href= "
27/07/20181 hour 53 minutes 6 seconds
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286 - Three Wolf Moon

00:00:00 - Scientists yet again found themselves baffled! That's right baffled! While they calmly waited for test results to confirm that the wolf-like animal shot by a Montana was indeed a wolf. Shocker. Anyways, turns out wolves cooperate with each other better than dogs do. Are dogs just broken wolves? That's wha
14/07/20181 hour 48 minutes 52 seconds
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285 - Pterosaur in the Sky

00:00:00 - Ryan and Juliana sit down with Kevin Hoch (@krhoch) to talk about pterosaurs! They're not dinosaurs but they're still great. We begin with some pterosaur basics to make sure everyone is up to speed. 00:21:52 - Much like pterosaurs at presumably some point in the past, we are in Tulsa, OK. Kevin provides some beer, including a Bump in the Road from Dead Armadillo Craft Brewing for Ryan and Kevin, and a <a href="
29/06/201858 minutes 45 seconds
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284 - Pay It Forward

00:00:00 - Kelly and Ryan are joined by author Carl Zimmer to discuss his latest book: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity 00:24:28 - In which Kelly and Ryan take a quick coffee break, even if Kelly goes decaf.  00:28:17 - Part two of our chat with Carl. If you simply must have more then you should definitely just get the book. You can find more books on C
14/06/201859 minutes 8 seconds
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283 - Definitely Maybe

00:00:00 - We're starting off this episode with a bit of news about the ongoing Kīlauea eruption in Hawaii. Abe explains the basics of what's happening and if you want updates you can read the USGS reports on the situation and follow their topical @USGSVolcanoes Twitter account. But for our actual first subject we're talking about <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-cke-saved-href= "
31/05/20181 hour 26 minutes 23 seconds
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282 - Anchor's Away, Part 2

00:00:00 - We're doing another Anchor-themed clip show! Following up on episode 266, we have another round of short audio clips that Ryan created for the podcast startup Anchor under the banner of Organized Curiosity (explanation of the name here). Enjoy! 00:02:02 - Bio bios: Magn
17/05/20181 hour 2 minutes 35 seconds
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281 - Poli Sci... sort of

00:00:00 - Abe, Joe, and Ryan are joined by volcanologist Jess Phoenix, who is stepping away from science to run for Congress in California's 25th district. In our first segment, we talk about how she got started in science with a strong outreach focus to help prepare the next generation of field scientists in her community with her organization Blueprint Earth. 00:28:42 - We take a break from trying to help to have a beverage. Abe tells the tale of Shackleton's failed Antarctic expedition that eventually led to some recovered <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-cke-saved-href= "
07/05/20181 hour 32 minutes 2 seconds
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280 - Chatting with Chirpers

00:00:00 - Ben and Ryan are joined by Ben's actual friend Miya Warrington. Miya studies the behavioral ecology of animal communication, which we spend the first segment discussing the generalities of the research and why this type of research is important. You can learn more about her research at her website or by checking out the comic Jorge Chan did about her work in Ph.D. Comics.  00:44:24 - Talking about talking is thirsty work, so Ben and Ryan enjoy a drink. Ben has a T<a hr
23/04/20182 hours 3 minutes 14 seconds
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279 - On the Move for Science

00:00:00 - Patrick and Ryan are joined by Justin "The Yeti" Yeakel who has a new paper in Nature Communications about a model he and his co-authors have developed about starvation and body size in mammals, turns out, bigger is generally better. The interview was conducted during Justin's commute, so the connection comes and goes, but it's always good to catch up with one of the originals. You can follow Justin on Twitter (@
31/03/20181 hour 49 minutes 16 seconds
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278 - LOST

00:00:00 - This episode Ryan is joined by four (4!) guests to talk about their paper published in Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics about whether or not humans are to blame for the extinction of Caribbean mammals. What did they discover? You can read a summary of the work written by co-author Alexis Mychajliw here and then listen to find out even more! <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1
15/03/20181 hour 8 minutes 52 seconds
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277 - AGU 2017, Part 2

00:00:00 - After a brief intro from Ryan and Abe, where explains his new job with the USGS (congrats!) we dive right into Ryan's yearly AGU catch-up with Miles Traer. The first section is mostly about food. You can find Ryan's mom's gumbo recipe here: seafood gumbo. 00:26:25 - Since they're recording in person, Ryan thought it'd be fun to exchange b
10/02/20181 hour 13 minutes 31 seconds
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276 - AGU 2017, Part 1

00:00:00 - Here begins our coverage of the 2017 meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Ryan is joined by Matt Candeias, host of Brachiolope Media's In Defense of Plants podcast. 00:02:58 - First, Ryan chats with Susheel Adusumilli about his work looking at <a href= "" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-cke-saved-href= "https://agu
02/02/20181 hour 47 minutes 40 seconds
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275 - Publishing Rocks

00:00:00 - Ryan is joined by Professors Christopher Jackson and Tom Narock. We begin by talking about their research. Chris uses seismic data to explore landform evolution over deep time. Tom is trying to use semantics and machine learning to help earth scientists wrangle all the d
19/01/20181 hour 34 minutes 15 seconds
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274 - GSA 2017, Part 2

00:00:00 - Now for part 2 of our coverage of GSA's annual meeting in Seattle, WA. First up, Ryan's conversation with Robin Trayler, who does stable isotope work on South American mammals (but not sloths, they're spoken for, thank you very much). He explains how stable isotopes from animals can teach us about past climate. You can read his abstract here: Ecology and Climate of the Early Miocene Santa Cruz Formation, Argentina 00:20:16 - Next up is the delightful Dr. Lindsey Yann, who is also working on stable isotopes in mammals, but she's looking at white-tailed deer from an archaeological site in Tennessee, so similar tools to answer different questions. Neat! Her abstract: <a href= "https://gsa
07/01/20181 hour 36 minutes 4 seconds
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273 - GSA 2017, Part 1

00:00:00 - Ryan and Charlie quickly introduce the premise of the episode: interviews Ryan did at the GSA annual meeting in Seattle, WA. The first interview is with Ph.D. candidate Khai Button about his work examining beaks in dinosaurs and birds (which are also dinosaurs), as well outreach work he does 3D scanning fossils with high school students. You can read about Khai's fieldwork at Expedition Live!
10/12/20171 hour 38 minutes 16 seconds
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272 - The End Of Small Things

00:00:00 - Ben and Ryan are joined by Matt Candeias from the In Defense Of Plants podcast, the newest member of the Brachiolope Media Network! With introductions out of the way, we get hyped to hear Ben tell us about a neutron star collision, known as a kilonova, detected by <a href="
16/11/20171 hour 25 minutes 12 seconds
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271 - Mesozoic Meanderings

00:00:00 - Kelly and Ryan are joined by Abby Howard (@AbbyHoward) to talk about her new graphic novel Dinosaur Empire! Journey through the Mesozoic Era, the first in her Earth Before Us series of all ages paleontology focused books. We chat with her about how she got her start drawing comics, especially those of a dinosaurian variety. 00:27:05 - We normally don't record in the morning, but when we do, you can expect a very different drinks segment. This is one of those times. Abby is kicking back some water because it's
04/11/20171 hour 16 minutes 30 seconds
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270 - Montani Semper Docere

00:00:00 - This episode Ryan is joined by returning guest Daphne Pringle and first-time guest Dr. Jen Gallagher, a listener who wrote in to let us know about some of the positive changes that have happened at WVU's Department of Biology. We spend the first segment talking about Jen's research using yeast and genomics to study drug and pesticide resistance. One of her students has a paper coming out in <a href= "" target="_blan
17/10/20171 hour 36 minutes 12 seconds
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269 - Tragedy of the Commons

00:00:00 - A team at CalTech has figured out a new way to increase the rate that the ocean might be able to suck down carbon from our atmosphere. The overall plan is still missing a few steps, but it's an exciting step forward in how might get ourselves out of this climate mess. 00:20:45 - Drinks are another way we've figured out how to infuse carbon dioxide into liquid, but we let it out again once we drink it. Whoops. Charlie really enjoys his Bodhizafa IPA from Georgetown Brewing, which of course prompts a discussion of the themes of the 1991 classic film Point B
16/09/20171 hour 30 minutes 23 seconds
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268 - Mole Caliente

00:00:00 - Studying volcanoes is hard because they're really hot and acidic and just generally sort of deadly to we frail humans. But what about robots? OK, also sort of deadly to robots, but a team is still using an autonomous boat to map out a volcanic lake in Costa Rica, and that's pretty neat. To see Abe's diagram of how volcanic arcs form, click here. 00:31: 35 - Volcanic lakes can bubble up carbon dioxide, as can carbonated beverages. Joe goes first with a Death Valley cola s
15/08/20171 hour 29 minutes 34 seconds
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267 - From Russia with Parasites

00:00:00 - Ryan and Kelly are joined by Mikhail "Misha" Gopko to talk about his latest paper exploring parasites controlling their fish host from inside their eye. Brain-infecting is one thing, but when you can see your parasite inside your own eyeball? That's just creepy. 00:24:44 - Kelly considers fibbing but opts for honesty as she drinks her water. Ryan has a Grolsch because he needs a resealable bottle for some home fermentation projects, and why buy empty beer bottles when you can ju
24/07/20171 hour 3 minutes 2 seconds
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266 - Anchor's Away, Part 1

00:00:00 - Something a little different this week as Ryan presents some audio from a project he did with the startup earlier this year producing some science segments for a channel called Organized Curiosity. He's drinking a Manta Ray from Ballast Point Brewing Company, which will become relevant later, but for now, here are the topics that get covered: 00:03:40 - First up, an explanation of the station and why I chose the name Organized Curiosity. (Spoiler: It's from a quote in Zora Neale Hurston's <a href=
14/07/201759 minutes 20 seconds
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265 - Road Killing It

00:00:00 - This episode Ryan and Ben are joined by Dr. Rachel Brown Reid to tell us about her work with road killed coyotes. But first, we have to make sure Ben is up to speed with the basics of stable isotope analysis. Rachel and Ryan do their best to explain. 00:32:56 - Now that we've supped from the font of knowledge, how about just having some sips of a normal drink? We make the mistake of letting Ben go first. He's having some sort of nonsensical overly complicated health drink. Whatever. Rachel keeps it local with a 2011
27/06/20171 hour 45 minutes 17 seconds
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264 - The Devil Gets Crabs

00:00:00 - We are stoked to have returning guest Daphne Pringle back on the show! And while it's not the most upbeat topic, she is indeed here to talk about cancer. Turns out, cancer evolves just like any other organism, but we don't always study in the same way. Maybe we should? Discussion ensues based on the following papers: <a href= "" target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href= "
15/05/20172 hours 1 minute 23 seconds
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263 - Firefox

00:00:00 - First up, Ryan, Abe, and Joe discuss some research showing that arctic foxes inadvertently grow herbivore-friendly gardens above their dens, making them ecosystem engineers, which is pretty freaking cool.  00:20:45 - Arctic foxes bring the produce, but we bring the drinks. This time Joe is enjoying a Sprecher Cherry Cola. Abe is all about his Fancy Pants V3 from Jessup Farm Barrel House, complete with fox logo. Ryan tries out his Spanish to describe a Vieja Compa Picante (or Spicy <a href= "http://www.seriou
03/05/20171 hour 12 minutes 36 seconds
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262 - Howling at the Soon

00:00:00 - Kelly Weinersmith is here and she's got a book coming out co-written with some dude named Zach Weinersmith, whoever that is. The book is called Soonish, it's coming out soon, but you can pre-order it now. Pre-ordering is super important for their rankings on the sales charts, plus you get super cool rewards so get on it!  00:21:48 - One thing we hope doesn't change anytime soon is our enjoyment of
25/04/201759 minutes 46 seconds
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261 - Agents of G.I.R.L.

00:00:00 - Ryan is joined by Rachel Silverstein (@irrelephantidae) and Marina Chanidou (@marinaloveschem) who were featured by Marvel as the inaugural Agents of G.I.R.L. In the first segment, we chat about Rachel's proboscidean paleontology at the Saltville Valley site, and Marina's work using chemistry to figure out what food was kept in very old pots.  00:21:32 - In the past, both
18/04/20171 hour 11 minutes 32 seconds
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260 - Flame On

00:00:00 - This week Ryan interviews W. John Calder, who just finished his Ph.D. studying fire ecology and paleoclimate. We spend the first segment talking about the basics of his research, and some admittedly nitpicky differences between their fields. 00:36:30 - Fires are best put out with liquid, but maybe not this kind of liquid. Ryan is sipping on some Bone Snapper Rye Whiskey with Bittermens Burlesque Bitters, both gifts from his wife.  0038:43 - In part two of Ryan's talk with John, they discuss <a href= "http://ww
16/03/20171 hour 39 minutes 6 seconds
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259 - Stuck on You

00:00:00 - Kelly has a new paper out! It's about wasps being parasites within other parasites right on campus where she works, so that's about as nifty as it gets. You can watch a video about the study here, and read the open access paper here. 00:20:15 - Nothing like thinking about having your brain infected by parasites to make you want a drink, right? Joe th
24/02/20171 hour 6 minutes 28 seconds
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258 - The Sweet Sound of Science

00:00:00 - Do you ever wonder how those music ID services work so well? Well wonder no further because we've got Tim Dobbs here to explain it! 00:24:49 - That noise on the microphone? That's us drinking, but don't worry, we'll tell you what's in the glass. Patrick continues his quest to try beers Ryan hasn't had, this time with a Sierra Nevada Single Hop Cascade IPA, but you'll have to listen to see if he's bested Ryan. Ryan classes up the joint with a Chateau Palais Cardinal 2011 St. Emilion Grand Cru from Bordeaux. Dang. Tim finishes up the segment with a Shade of Gray, Black, and White IP
09/02/20171 hour 16 minutes 3 seconds
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257 - Small Moves

00:00:00 - Usually whenever you want to make up nonsense that sounds plausible, you throw in the word 'quantum'. We're all guilty of it from time to time. Fortunately, we have Ben Tippett here to explain the actual quantum happenings behind our first observation of quantum distortion in empty space. You can read the paper on the arXiv here.  00:27:19 - Extra l
02/02/20171 hour 36 minutes 1 second
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Special Edition 14.2: AGU - Oceans and Outreach, Part 2

More of Ryan bumming around a professional meeting, microphone in hand. 00:00:00 - First up is Stacey Felgate (@StaceyFelgate) and Kim Gottschalk (@Kim_Gottschalk). Stacey tells us a little bit about her work on blue carbon storage in salt marshes. Next, Kim tells us about her project investigating the source of Antarctic bottom water with GO-SHIP. They both also have a lot of recommendations for how to get involved in research as an undergrad, which you can learn about with these links: <li id="yui_3_17
10/01/20171 hour 13 minutes 11 seconds
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Special Edition 14: AGU - Oceans and Outreach, Part 1

Ryan is live at the AGU Fall Meeting and people agree to talk to him. 00:00:00 - First, we chat Martín S Hoecker-Martínez about his philosophy of outreach and his work studying the carbon fluxing of the ocean around Antarctica with ORCAS (acronym, not the animal). Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@msmithma) and learn more with these helpful links: ORCAS project Website Flight planning Website<
04/01/20171 hour 6 minutes 53 seconds
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256 - Giving Thanks VI: You're Welcome

00:00:00 - It's our annual Thanksgiving show! That means 100% for 100% of this one show. Enjoy it! First up, Bettina wants to know what Ryan, Patrick, and Charlie think about the concept of rewilding. Ryan discussed this topic on an episode of Generation Anthropocene, but Patrick and Charlie have their own thoughts to contribute as well. Plus it's <a href= "http://www.pleis
14/12/20161 hour 27 minutes 9 seconds
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255 - Big Snakes and Old Lakes

To begin, a brief word on the election. More on what we can all do next to follow down the line. Stay tuned. 00:00:00 - Patrick and Ryan are very excited to be joined by Alex Hastings, Assistant Curator at the Virginia Museum of Natural History and all around crocodylian expert. We spend the first segment of the show pestering him about all things croc and croc-related, and there's a lot.  00:31:25 - Now is a time to come together, and possibly have a drink. Alex somehow found a beer dedicated to the giant snake Titanoboa, so what else could he possibly have had? Patrick keeps it local with a <a href= "
05/12/20161 hour 7 minutes 5 seconds
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254 - Bear Necessities

00:00:00 - Worried about your cherry supply in the coming years? Well, bears may have you covered. According to a new study out of Japan, mountain-climbing bears seem adept at moving cherry seeds uphill to escape rising temperatures. However, according to the most recent IPCC report, not all plants and animals will be so lucky.  00:19:45 - Some weeks you need a drink. This was one of those weeks. Ryan has an árcáná to get a little magic in his life. Patric
14/11/20161 hour 11 minutes 5 seconds
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253 - Exploration Big and Small

00:00:00 - Thanks to Joe, it's the return of the Elon Musk Happy Hour! This time, Musk wants to send loads of people to Mars, probably forever. In traditional Science... sort of fashion we ask: is this a thing? And maybe more importantly, would you go? (Also, Ryan says go read Seveneves.) 00:31:03 - Mars is pretty dry, so it'll be important to stay hydrated once there. Kelly staves off feeling sick with water and <a href= "
20/10/20161 hour 17 minutes 24 seconds
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252 - Weasel Force Five

00:00:00 - We begin arguing about rabbits, as you do. Ryan rejects Ben's phony phylogeny and espouses the truth of Glires. Don't let Ben lead you astray. 00:00:54 - We're all happy with the four fundamental forces we know and love, but what if there was a fifth force? A Hungarian team is claiming they might have found one, which is a pretty big deal. You can read their paper now on the arXiv. 00:39:59 - If you made it through Ben's explanations i
11/10/20161 hour 48 minutes 21 seconds
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251 - Mezcales y Moas

00:00:00 - Mezcal is a magical and misunderstood spirit. Abe, Jacob, and Ryan spend some time breaking down just what the spirit is, from the myths about worms to the economies of towns trying to use craft distillates to escape the horrors of the drug trade. It's complicated. What's a bit simpler, somehow, are the fluid dynamics at play in determining proof, known as the pearls of mezcal. A team has <a href= "" target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href= "
04/10/20161 hour 37 minutes 1 second
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250 - Quarter Quell

It's episode 250 and thus a fine time to return to form with Patrick, Charlie, and Ryan! 00:00:00 - Mars is dead, long live Mars! Mars used to have oceans, active volcanoes, maybe even tectonics. So what happened? The guys explore how it might have become a hunk of rock we keep having to rescue Matt Damon from. Also, there's a whole book series on how we might (fictionally) bring it back to life.  0027:57 - However it got that way, Mars is now dry enough to leave one mighty parched. Let us quench. Patrick begins with a beer left behind in his fridge by Ryan, a Siamese Twin Ale from Uncommon Brewers located in the birthplace of the show, Santa Cr
11/09/20161 hour 33 minutes 44 seconds
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249 - The Maillard Underground

00:00:00 - Do you eat food? If you do you probably appreciate the Maillard reaction even if you've never heard of it. We try to drop some science on your plate! Want even more food science? This book has you covered. 00:35:09 - Joe begins the drinking segment by tying things back to the Maillard reaction with a Lester's Fixins Bacon with Maple Syrup Soda, which sounds, and tastes, terrible. Chad and Ryan insist her finish it. Ryan has a <a href= "
25/08/20161 hour 32 minutes 1 second
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248 - Trouble and Strife

00:00:00 - We are excited to announce the long awaited return of Jacob Stump! Jacob is back so we might as well start out with a poorly planned mission to Mars. Specifically, is Mars One a scam? If you believe one of their selected 'astronauts' then probably yes. 00:25:24 - Much like they're not actually going to Mars, Jacob spends some time telling us what he's not drinking before finally telling us that he's having some Spanish wine. Patrick is doubling down with another Get Elevated from Matty J. which prompts a discussion of <a href= "" target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href= "
09/08/20161 hour 33 minutes 41 seconds
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247 - The Best Laid Plans

If you're interested in helping the people of West Virginia recover from some pretty horrific recent flooding, you can check out the list of options compiled by The Huffington Post.  00:00:00 - Patrick and Ryan are joined by Daphne Pringle, who's a post-doctoral fellow at the Hunstman Cancer Institute of the University of Utah. She's sick of us getting epigenetics wrong like we did in <a href= "" data-cke-saved-href= "http://sciencesort
14/07/20161 hour 40 minutes 28 seconds
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246 - Bridging the Gap

This was our first time recording since the tragic Pulse shooting in Orlando. We encourage our US listeners to share their thoughts with their elected representatives. You can find yours and their contact info here. 00:00:00 - We begin this week by talking about some literal bridge building. Because of things like physics and geology, engineers have to rethink how we build roads around bridges. Joe assumes Ryan and Abe know about soil science. He's wrong. But some researchers at the University of Texa
05/07/20161 hour 5 minutes 47 seconds
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245 - Science... Hodor

This week is all about Game of Thrones and/or A Song of Ice and Fire featuring returning guest to the show Miles Traer! If you're not caught up on both the show and the books, consider this your all-purpose SPOILER WARNING. 00:00:00 - First up
28/06/20161 hour 27 minutes 45 seconds
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244 - A Grunt's Life

00:00:00 - This week Ryan is joined by his wife, Juliana Olsson, so they can talk with returning guest and author Mary Roach! We do drinks in the preamble so for all you completists out there: Juli had a Three Philosophers and Ryan had a Birthday Suit. Mary, given her druthers, likes a dry gin martini. But the actual point of our conversation is to talk about her new book is Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War and that's what we talk about (mostly). She's on tour promoting the book right now, so go see her if you can a
12/06/20161 hour 7 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep 243 - Science... sort of: Science Carols

00:00:00 - This episode Ben and Ryan chat with Cosmologist Sean Carroll about his new book, The Big Picture. Presented here is the first part of our conversation about a number of topics presented in the book. 00:40:58 - Drinks are like the universe in that they exist. Sean enjoys a gin martini or a Gibson depending on his mood. Sometimes he adds both garnishes and we're just not sure about anything anymore. Ben has some guanabana nectar. Ryan explains what that fruit looks like. And Ryan rounds things out with a Celestial Garden from DC Brau. 00:49:51 - The second half of our interview we continue talking about the book, particularly the contributions of Ibn Sina</a
19/05/20161 hour 36 minutes 40 seconds
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Ep 242: Science... sort of - The Little Slothologist That Could

00:00:00 - Few quick announcements in lieu of a PaleoPOW for this episode. First, thanks to Robert M. (not the guest) and John P. for repeating their generous donations to the show. Also, there are still a few hours left to donate to Ryan's crowdfunding campaign: Lastly, we're running an iTunes review contest. Leave a new review between now and the Summer Solstice and be entered in a drawing for some sweet prizes! 00:01:01 - Ryan heads to Ohio to sit down for a chat with Doc Sloth aka Robert McAfee. When he was on the show before, the talk was of carniv
11/05/20161 hour 31 minutes 58 seconds
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Ep 241: Science... sort of - Botanivores

00:00:00 - (Beginning with a brief plug from Joe seeking volunteers for a cool STEM even in the LA area, check it out here.) But today's actual first topic is part one of our interview with Matt Candeias, Ph.D. student as well as author and host of the In Defense of Plants blog and podcast (which you can support on Patreon). We talk about his research into rare versus common grassland species, and what made him want to get into science outreach, particularly as a promoter of plants. In our typical rambling style, we also touch on a number of other topics, including how computers used to be rooms full of women. 00:52:06 - You m
30/04/20161 hour 40 minutes 1 second
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Ep 240: Science... sort of - Moon Rocks Don't Glow

00:00:00 - Kelly is back and she's got an update on some scientists that seem to have found a way to stem the spread of the chytrid fungus affecting all those poor froggies. Hope on the horizon? Maybe, but it'll be a hard technique to apply large scale. We also spend some time talking about a Civil War story involving glowing wounds the help soldiers survive. A science fair project may have found the answer, but Ryan still thinks a body farm experiment needs to be done. 00:28:10 - A stiff drink used to be the only painkiller you might get. Kelly's drink isn't stiff but it still provokes a strong reaction: <a href="
21/04/20161 hour 24 minutes 10 seconds
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Ep 239: Science... sort of - Echinodermathon

00:00:00 - Bev and Abe are back from Antarctica and are back on the show! Ryan had to give a guest lecture on echinoderms, which happens to be a thing Bev knows a lot about. So our first segment is dedicated to getting Abe up to speed on these weird marine animals. 00:40:05 - Talking about sea creatures gives one a powerful thirst. This episode we sate our thirst in three ways. Bev opts for a Squishy apple and cherry cider, Abe keeps it nautical with a Dorado DIPA, and Ryan can't wait to enjoy a Pliny the Elder Abe gave him. 00:47:28 - Now that we all know what echinoderms about we can talk about Bev's actual research! For her Masters, she wanted to figure out how brittle stars were (or weren't) being preserved in the fo
13/04/20161 hour 37 minutes 25 seconds
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Ep 238: Science... sort of - Fiat Guano

00:00:00 - Charlie and Ryan are joined by the one and only Tim Dobbs from the Encyclopedia Brunch podcast. In addition to being a fellow podcast and editor for our show, Tim is also a chemical engineer focusing on biotechnology. Our first subject talks about just what the heck biotechnology is, and how it's growing as a part of our economy. 00:29:43 - Biotechnology can apparently make milk, but that's weird so we're drinking other things. Tim is have kombucha. Whatever. Ryan is having a Southern Belle from 3 Stars made with pecans. Also, DC has a nice flag, get on board people. Charlie drinks some fancy espresso because he's fancy like that. We get a bit off track
26/03/20161 hour 36 minutes 25 seconds
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Ep 237: Science... sort of - Taste for Exploration

00:00:00 - This episode Ryan is joined by Jessica Glass and Matt Davis, who recently published an open-access paper exploring the claims of a 1950's Explorer's Club dinner with giant ground sloth (or mammoth) on the menu. What did they find with their fancy genetics? Listen and find out! 00:41:25 - Supposedly the Explorer's Club drinks were chilled with glacial ice, a thing we used to be pretty good at transporting, but our modern drinks are chilled with the power of refrigeration instead, and it's important for us to tell you what they are! Matt kicks things off with an Orange Lazarus in a tiki mug, leading of cou
19/03/20161 hour 19 minutes 52 seconds
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Ep 236: Science... sort of - Inyo Science!

00:00:00 - Ryan is joined this episode by Claire Lukens, a fellow Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming. Claire is a geomorphologist who studies the evolution of the shape of mountains over time. In the first part, we talk about a bit about the basics of her field and some of the techniques she employs. See some photos of her field area at the bottom of the post.   00:18:01 - One of the primary drivers of erosion is water. Beer is mostly water, and it's also fuel for geologists. Ryan has brought a sampler pack from Bristol Brewing Company in Colorado Springs, a favorite from Claire's undergrad days. She has her old standby, a Laughing Lab, and Ryan has a Red Rocket Pale Ale.   00:20:48 - Next we discuss Claire's recent publication in <a href="ht
10/03/20161 hour 4 minutes 17 seconds
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Ep 235: Science... sort of - Relative Chaos

00:00:00 - This episode Ryan and Patrick are joined by Samuel Hansen, who podcasts about math. The first part of the show is learning a bit more about Samuel, his ACMEscience podcast network, and most importantly his math show Relatively Prime, currently Kickstarting its third season. Also, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is a movie Samuel heartily suggests you see. 00:39:24 - A brief break for drinks! Patrick is fighting a cold and drinking some herbal tea because he's off caffeine and alcohol for a bit. Ryan goes entirely the other direction
02/03/20161 hour 26 minutes 55 seconds
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Ep 234: Science... sort of - Drunk and Unstable

00:00:00 - Let's get straight to it: scientists figured out a way to make booze using lasers, and they're calling it sunshine instead of moonshine because they're clever. Since that sounds like chemistry we brought Chad to the podcast table to explain what's going on. LISTEN AND LEARN.   00:40:53 - Chad begins by pre-empting his own paleoPOW with an e-mail from Dave asking about a brand of "Neuro--" drinks. Are they just vaguely tasty snake oil? Pretty much, but in the US they can still get away with all sorts of silly claims thanks to this law. Also, a brief discussion of chemophobia and MSG, good thing Chad is here. Ryan is drinking <a href="
26/01/20161 hour 54 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep 233: Science... sort of - Clothed as a Jaybird

00:00:00 - Something strange is happening to the scrub jays of Santa Cruz Island. One scientist proposes that they might be splitting into two separate species on one little island, which is actually kind of a big deal. But how cut and dry is this whole speciation concept? Turns out not very. Listen as Joe learns more.   00:26:46 - You could probably map the history of beverages to something like a phylogenetic tree, but why bother when you can just enjoy the imbibing? Ryan is trying out a Hopvine Cider with honey and hops from Millstone Cellars i
11/01/20161 hour 15 minutes 24 seconds
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Ep 232: Science... sort of - In Space No One Can Hear You Print

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 o
23/12/20151 hour 19 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep 231: Science... sort of - The Will to Power

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 <a href="
12/12/20152 hours 40 minutes 27 seconds
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Ep 230: Science... sort of - Web Hacking

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 wor
30/11/20151 hour 8 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep 229: Science... sort of - Inherit the Earth

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 <a href="http
23/11/20151 hour 45 minutes 14 seconds
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Ep 228: Science... sort of - Our Glitch For This Mission

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: Follow Andy on
01/10/20151 hour 24 minutes 18 seconds
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Ep 227: Science.. sort of - Feedback Feedbag

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 <a href="https:/
27/09/20151 hour 23 minutes 46 seconds
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Ep 226: Science... sort of - Mountain Lion Saving Time

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. <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 16p
14/09/20151 hour 6 minutes 13 seconds
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Ep 225: Science... sort of - Industrious Growth

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. <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia
03/09/20151 hour 20 minutes 39 seconds
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Ep 224: Science... sort of - Live from SCIENCE CLUB

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 wit
18/08/20151 hour 52 minutes 31 seconds
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Ep 223: Science... sort of - V for eVolution

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. <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 16px
12/08/20151 hour 12 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep 222: Science... sort of - Methane, not even once

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
23/07/20151 hour 19 minutes 29 seconds
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Special Edition 13: Science... sort of - Jurassic World

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 <a href="
30/06/20151 hour 10 minutes 35 seconds
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Ep 221: Science... sort of - An Unsuitable Podcast

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<a href="
03/06/20151 hour 1 minute 4 seconds
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Ep 220: Science... sort of - Spillover

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 <a href= "
24/05/20151 hour 1 minute 42 seconds
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Ep 219: Science... sort of - From Russia With Love

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. <p style="color: #333333; fon
07/05/20151 hour 26 minutes 41 seconds
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Ep 218: Science... sort of - Wrong in Space

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 <a href="h
16/04/20151 hour 13 minutes
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Ep 217: Science... sort of - Go With The Flow

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.
30/03/20151 hour 26 minutes 44 seconds
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Ep 216: Science... sort of - Podcat

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.  <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size:
11/03/20151 hour 12 minutes 40 seconds
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Ep 215: Science... sort of - Good Enough For Now

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.   <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 16px; line-h
26/02/201557 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep 214: Science... sort of - Live at BASF

Live from the Bay Area Science Festival it's Science... sort of! Featuring Kelly Weinersmith, Ben 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 wi
30/01/20151 hour 7 minutes 40 seconds
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Ep 213: Science... sort of - Astro Boy

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 Ch
28/01/20151 hour 28 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep 212: Science... sort of - Dead and Alive

00:00:00 - We first learn that Ben is not great at telling stories, but also that there was a guy Fermi who is known for one thing when he really did many thing. The thing he's known for is asking where all the aliens are, and while there are some pretty interesting potential answers to his questions (including Dyson Spheres as discussed on The Titanium Physicists), this week we're focusing on the new addition to the mythos: what if no one is out there <a href="
28/12/20141 hour 9 minutes 38 seconds
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Ep 211: Science... sort of - Giving Thanks V, Vini, Vidi, Gratias

It's time again for our annual Thanksgiving show! That means all feedback this week, all from PaleoPosse who have been kind enough to give us a bit of their hard-earned cash to help us keep producing this podcast for y'all.    00:00:00 - Our first PaleoPOW of the week comes from Joshua W., who is worried that microbes might be out there causing mass extinctions. We do our best to comfort him with cold hard science, so maybe not ac
10/12/20141 hour 5 minutes 24 seconds
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Ep 210: Science... sort of - Life is the Bubbles

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. <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman'
03/12/20141 hour 29 minutes 39 seconds
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Ep 209: Science... sort of - Yeast from a Beast

00:00:00 - Patrick and Ryan are joined by Jasper Akerboom and Jason Osborne, who collaborated to make a beer with yeast harvested from fossils. The beer, Bone Dusters from Lost Rhino Brewing Company, involved diving into swamps for fossils, swabbing protocetids for cultures, and dealing with all the trials and tribulations of a yeast strain cultivated from a bone. It's a good story, and by
13/11/20141 hour 4 minutes 2 seconds
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Ep 208: Science... sort of - Camping on a Diamond Sea

00:00:00 - Arthur C. Clarke wrote in 2010: Odyssey Two that the center of Jupiter was one giant diamond. He probably never expected to be right... sort of. A new model suggests that conditions on Jupiter and Saturn may be right to have diamonds forming in the atmosphere and raining down from above. Pretty trippy stuff, science.   00:23:00 - Most drinks don't cause a trip, but there's only one way to find out for sure: drinking them. Jacob insults Ryan by daring to bring a pre-mixed Zombie cocktail from Bacardi on the show. Tsk tsk. Abe enjoys a Dunkel fr
21/10/20141 hour 18 minutes 14 seconds
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Ep 207: Science... sort of - Drop Bears of South America

00:00:00 - Dr. Robert McAfee joins Ryan to discuss all things sltohs! Finally, Ryan gets to just cut loose. First up on the docket, were giant ground sloths sneaking meat meals in between the leaves? There's some evidence to suggest that they were, but do these two slothologists believe it?   <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;"
14/10/20141 hour 26 minutes 4 seconds
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Ep 206: Science... sort of - Keeping the Rica in Costa

00:00:00 - Ryan is join by J. Leighton Reid to talk about birds, forests, and conservation. The first paper discussed is about how forest restoration in the tropics benefits birds.    00:24:34 - Speaking of feeling restored, how about beer? Leighton pulls off something that few guests or even co-hosts have ever accomplished: he has a beer Ryan hasn't heard of, namely
22/09/20141 hour 2 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep 205: Science... sort of - Chemical Free Sasquatch

00:00:00 - Chad Jones, host of The Collapsed Wavefunction, joins us because apparently a story about chemicals was a better fit for here than his own show. That's fine, we're happy to have him. The story is about a new chemical that may help catalyze carbon fixation reactions. Don't worry, we make Chad explain all of that with small, easy to understand words.   <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size
05/09/20141 hour 4 minutes 53 seconds
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Ep 204: Science... sort of - Parasite Preserves

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. <p style="color: #333333; font-family:
29/08/20141 hour 12 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep 203: Science... sort of - Condor or Condon't

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 poli
20/08/20141 hour 2 minutes 38 seconds
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Ep 202: Science... sort of - Sausage-shaped But Lumpy

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 <a href="
08/08/20141 hour 20 minutes 25 seconds
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Ep 200: Science... sort of - The Big Two-Hundo

00:00:00 - Since we spend so much time promoting everyone else's work, we decided to be a bit selfish and spend the first segment talking about our own science. Charlie has a paper coming out in Nature Climate Change about moving forward into a low-carbon, sustainable energy future. No big deal. Patrick has 2 papers (show off) to talk about. The first is about how to not mess up your samples by using bleach. And the second is about paleodiet using everyone's favorite atoms: the stable isotopes! Ryan has a paper in <a href="
10/07/20141 hour 55 minutes 47 seconds
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Ep 199: Science... sort of - Swinging Over A Canal

00:00:00 - Patrick interviews someone by the name of Ryan Haupt who has been doing paleontology along the Panama Canal. How does that work? Listen and find out!   00:21:44 - The Panama Canal transports goods around the world, allowing us to purchase all manner of things, such as drinks! Abe is drinking some homebrew that he thought would be well served with the name Bill & Bob's Boiled Basil Belgian Beer. Ben is having yet another ginger ale, this time with Godzilla on it. And Ryan is a
02/07/20141 hour 47 minutes 55 seconds
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Special Edition 12: Science... sort of - Augie and the Green Knight

Ryan sits down with Zach Weinersmith to discuss his new kids book up now on Kickstarter called Augie and the Green Knight, which features a smart and daring female protagonist. The conversation predictably rambles to include mentions of the following:   <a href="
06/06/201434 minutes 39 seconds
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Ep 198: Science... sort of - Finds A Way

00:00:00 - Like a modern day Cassandra, scientists have long predicted that insects would catch up to our GMO crops. Now, even though the biotech companies did their best to keep it hidden, corn rootworms have infested the US corn supply. Thanks for not even pretending to listen.   00:23:28 - Ryan has a riff on a Cuba Libre known as a Cubata using actual Cuban rum. Abe and Ryan manage to make s
03/06/20141 hour 49 minutes 17 seconds
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Ep 197: Science... sort of - Sloth, Rage, and Coveting

00:00:00 - Old friend of the show Brian Switek returns with a ton of paleo to be talked about. Things begin with a new study of the bones of the Pliocene aquatic sloth, which turn out to have pachyosteosclerosis! Don't worry, we explain what that means and why it matters. (Hint: think marine iguana.)   00:22:04 - Sloths entered the drink, and
27/05/20141 hour 28 minutes 42 seconds
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Ep 196: Science... sort of - From the Deep

00:00:00 - This week we tackle one of the (literally) biggest debates in the solar system: which planet has the largest mountain? For awhile, Mars seemed the clear winner, but new research suggests Earth might still have a horse in this race. Tune in to find out what Charlie and Abe think of this new discovery, and read up on volcanoes in general with<span style="
24/04/20141 hour 27 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep 195: Science... sort of - Astronomy... sort of

00:00:00 - This week we're featuring a 2-part interview with host of the new Brachiolope Media Network show Astrarium James Silvester! Ryan and James being there conversation with James' early astronomical and radio origins. 00:21:38 - Back in the here and now (aka evening) drinks are had. Kelly continues being pregnant with some coconut water. Ryan has a more fiery version of water called Aguardiente. And Abe keeps it meteorological with a 10° Below from the Scuttlebutt Brewing Company. <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New
11/04/20141 hour 28 minutes 8 seconds
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Ep 194: Science... sort of - Hot and Sour

00:00:00 - Whether they formed via troll warfare or via geology, all we know now is that Iceland is covered in lava tubes. A possible explanation for their enigmatic origin is tonight's first topic!   00:18:47 - We presume that trolls like to drink, so in some ways this segment is for them. But it's also for you, the listener. And us. Definitely for us. Ryan continues his tour of Panamanian beers with a <
02/04/20141 hour 5 minutes 36 seconds
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Ep 193: Science... sort of - O Canada

00:00:00 - As winter ends the Paleopals pay tribute to the snowy north that is Canada. And what better way to celebrate the world's 2nd largest country than by talking about it's favorite fictional son, Logan the Wolverine? Ben, Patrick, and Ryan interview Sigrid Alvarez and Emma Conway who have written a "totally real" paper about Logan's healing abilities (get the PDF
17/03/20141 hour 32 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep 192: Science... sort of - Life is a Highway

00:00:00 - Contrary to what cryptozoologists would have you believe, scientists don't often find new large species, which is what makes this new tapir so very exciting! But does this discovery help or hinder bigfoot's chances of existing? Listen in and find out...   00:16:35 - We may not have built-in face-straws, but that doesn't mean the Paleopals can't enjoy a drink! Patrick learns a lesson from his
05/03/20141 hour 25 minutes 31 seconds
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Ep 191: Science... sort of - The Spice Must Flow

00:00:00 - Charlie and Ryan are joined by Chad Jones, the host of the newest show in the Brachiolope Media Network, The Collapsed Wavefunction! Our first topic is about modifying the surface of the planet to run experiments about sand dune formations. It's possibly the most excited Charlie has been on the mic in a long time. Plus, Chad informs us about hydrophobic sand, which sounds dangerously fun. <p style="marg
21/02/20141 hour 22 minutes
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Ep 190: Science... sort of - A Clean Getaway

00:00:00 - Don't look now, but crocodiles have learned to hide themselves using sticks. You see that stick over to your left? Well that's actually a crocodile. You almost got eaten just now. We saved you. You're welcome. Keep listening.   00:13:50 - We can't promise that drinks will keep you safe f
09/02/20141 hour 9 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep 189: Science... sort of - Giving Thanks IV, This Time It's Personal

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. <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-he
28/01/201454 minutes 19 seconds
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Ep 188: Science... sort of - Reproducing Yetis

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 (<a href="" ta
07/01/20141 hour 29 minutes 8 seconds
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Ep 187: Science... sort of - STEM and the Art of Drone Maintenance

00:00:00 - Joe Batwinis, from our sister show Technically Speaking, joins us to discuss whether or not we should <a href="" targe
31/12/20131 hour 12 minutes 19 seconds
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Ep 186: Science... sort of - Specific Gravity

00:00:00 - New planets may be starting to seem like old hat, but this time we're using Ben's favorite fundamental force, gravity, to find them! Charlie also enlightens us on the BEER method for detecting planets. 00:14:55 - Speaking of BEER... Ben has a grass jelly drink, which brings up the topi
10/12/20131 hour 13 minutes 28 seconds
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Special Edition 11: - Science... sort of Theater 3: Big Al

Live from the Jurassic... sort of. Ryan sits down with the manager of University of Wyoming's Geological Museum Kelli Trujillo to watch Allosaurus: A Walking With Dinosaurs Special featuring the museum's very own Big Al! Whilst sipping on a Smoky Hollow Scotch Ale from El Segundo Brewing Company.  Will the facts outweigh the fiction? Will Big Al find true love? Will the dinosaurs survive? Listen and find out! <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13
21/11/201336 minutes
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Ep 185: Science... sort of - Never Forget

00:00:00 - Returning guest Kevin Uno drops by to tell us about his research into tracking the age of elephant ivory using leftover atoms from nuclear bombs tests. Who'd have thunk it? Kevin and his collaborators, that's who! 00:24:53 - Kevin, like an elephant, remembers well the drinking s
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Ep 184: Science... sort of - A Coordinated Launch and Landing

00:00:00 - For the first time in the history of ever, scientists have discovered a bug with functional gears in its legs! Jacob makes sure  to explain it in such a way as to not give the Creationist any footing from which to perform a perfectly timed leap. Or something like that. The point is this evolved naturally and is awesome. 00:13:36 - Jacob did intelligently design his drink, which he's calling the Dragon's Tongue and can be made by shaking: <ul style="color:
25/10/201355 minutes 35 seconds
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Ep 183: Science... sort of - A Center for Ants?

00:00:00 - Jane Zelikova returns to talk about ants! Our guide is the wonderful and free Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Ants but also including a few new species just described by science. There are a lot ants out there people. But seriously, go snag the pdf of the book so you can follow along with our Ant Science 101 segment. <p st
09/10/20131 hour 36 minutes 26 seconds
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Ep 182: Science... sort of - Talking About My Generation

00:00:00 - Charlie and Ryan are delighted to be joined by Miles Traer and Leslie Chang of the Generation Anthropocene podcast. The discussion begins, albeit easily and effectively distracted (by things like sea dragons
03/10/20131 hour 17 minutes 30 seconds
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Ep 181: Science... sort of - Living Under A Rock

00:00:00 - As with most other fish tales, the truth of the story of the really old rockfish is that it wasn't really all that old in the first place. Oh well. Charlie also learns why it's hard to describe what a fish is, which you can learn more about on the What the Fish? podcast. And if you want to learn how to eat the right kinds of fish, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has you covered with this handy app. <p style="color: #333333; font-fami
16/09/20131 hour 7 minutes 58 seconds
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Ep 180: Science... sort of - Jump The Shark Week

00:00:00 - Sora Kim returns to the show to talk all about the latest and greatest in shark science! In 25 minutes she teaches us all more than Discovery Channel could in an entire week. We covered: Oldest evidence of intestinal parasitism found in fossil shark poop Thresher sharks hunt with tail slaps <a href="
07/09/20131 hour 31 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep 179: Science... sort of - Evolutionary Explorations

00:00:00 - Darwin, whom we all know and love for his contributions to biology, was also a geologist of note in his day, thereby doubly securing his legacy as one excellent gentleman scientist. 00:18:00 - Gentlemen scientists are also known to enjoy drinks. Ryan cuts everyone off to talk about his Glacier Ale from Red Lodge Ales. Jacob has a Red Shoulder RyePA brewed
19/08/20131 hour 13 minutes 18 seconds
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Ep 178: Science... sort of - Wetter is Better

00:00:00 - When Ryan claims that lobsters are immortal, only one man can be relied upon to deliver the hard truths: Zen Faulkes! Zen breaks into the show to tell us all about this immortality meme and his efforts to combat it. Be sure to check out his blog NeuroDojo and his e-book Presentation Tips. 00:30:08 - Lobsters live in the drink, so we decide to have some. Moving his way through a gif
07/08/20131 hour 23 minutes 46 seconds
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Ep 177: Science... sort of - Old and Cold

00:00:00 - Patrick and Ryan obviously agree with Sarah Werning that paleontology is relevant. But can they convince Ben, and, by proxy, the world? 00:20:44 - Drinks are what happen when you realize maybe it wasn't that relevant after all. Patrick tries a Constalker Dark Wheat dropped off by Ryan, who in turn is having some overly sweet Choya-brand Umeshoo (i.e. Japanese plum wine). Ben approves, but himself  is having some lemon Pelligrino. <p style="color: #333333;
17/07/20131 hour 5 minutes 29 seconds
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Ep 176: Science... sort of - Insane in the Methbrain

00:00:00 - According to Charlie, we're watching Saturn's moon Titan at a very special time in it's life. Specifically, it's runnin gout of methane, and all the other -anes to boot. How do we know? What does this mean? And will Ryan's plan to sell Titan survival matches work? Tune in to find out. 00:16:07 - Drinks, especially the kind we like to have on the show, are, like Titan, usually enriched in volatiles. Patrick procures a Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas. Charlie
08/07/20131 hour 11 minutes 24 seconds
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Special Edition 10: Science... sort of - Man of Steel

Instead of talking about a trailer this week we're talking an ENTIRE MOVIE! Ben, Ryan, and new-to-the-podcast Jesse B. Grove V spend some time going over the ins and outs of the newest addition to the long line of Superman films: Man of Steel. Things get off to a weird Marxist start, but end up covering some of the following: <ul style="color: #
05/07/20131 hour 42 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep 175: Science... sort of - Reaching Out

00:00:00 - Scifund is expanding into more than just funding, now they're teaching scientists how to do outreach to the public! Patrick and Ryan sit down with two of the instructors (Jai and Kelly) and two of the students (Jane and Meg) to hash out how it all went down. Part 1 of the conversation focuses on the instructors and just how they put this class together. <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times
27/06/20131 hour 50 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep 174: Science... sort of - Hyperprime

00:00:00 - Boeing has just broken the record for hypersonic flight with the X-51A Wavereider. It's a cool concept and totally not going to be used for weapons until it's used for weapons in which case it will in fact be weaponized. To tell us all about this breakthrough we brought in Joe Batwinis, who along with Jacob have a new podcast in our network called Technically Speaking. You will enjoy it, we promise. <p style="color: #333333; font-family
19/06/20131 hour 26 minutes 17 seconds
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Ep 173: Science... sort of - Steel Bodies In Motion

00:00:00 - Scientists are now using old government drones to monitor volcano activity in Costa Rica. Thus we bring together our resident engineer, Jacob, and fan-favorite Latin American volcanologist, Abe, to discuss this new cool use of technology. 00:17:53 - Drinks can keep you cool and refreshed when near a volcano. Abe has a Meantime Coffee Porter, Ben slurps some Korean plum juice, and Jacob overstates his Dos Equis Amb
10/06/20131 hour 33 minutes 30 seconds
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Ep 172: Science... sort of - Net Wars

00:00:00 - The elusive yeti, Justin Yeakel, joins Ryan and Patrick to talk about networks! What is a network? How are they useful in science and in life? And other stuch questions may very well be answered. Read more about Justin's work on his blog. 00:17:00 - Drinks are one way people try to network. Justin laments the expense of Canadian beer, but still manages to enjoy his End of Reason by Gigantic Brewing. Patrick thanks his sister for the gift o
04/06/20131 hour 4 minutes 45 seconds
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Ep 171: Science... sort of - Beatrice Walks The Plank

00:00:00 - Katie McKissick, creator of the Beatrice the Biology and contributor to Symbiartic, joins Ben and Ryan to talk about the highs and lows of making comics about biology. (NOTE TO PARENTS: The language does get a bit salty, it is biology after all.) Katie has also recently put out a book of her comics, Amoeba Hugs and Other Nonsense, which you would be an utter fool not to buy. <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Ro
22/05/20131 hour 56 minutes 16 seconds
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Ep 170: Science... sort of - Story Time

00:00:00 - Erin Barker and Ben Lillie of The Story Collider live show and podcast join Patrick and Ryan to discuss the magic of science disseminated via story. We also talk about their successful Kickstart of Science Studio<span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, se
07/05/20131 hour 27 minutes 1 second
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Special Edition 9: Science... sort of - The Feline Phenomenon!

Derek Mead, the Editor in Chief of Motherboard came out to visit Ryan and so of course they sat down on the mic to talk about CATS! (And yes, the photo is Derek and Ryan out looking for cats in Costa Rica.) <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-s
24/04/20131 hour 6 minutes 56 seconds
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Ep 169: Science... sort of - Ice, Iron, and Glass

00:00:00 - Charlie tells us about an elegant new study which has shed light on just what type of ocean might be sloshing around under the ice of Europa (see Episode 15 for a Europa refresher). Jacob and Ryan are impressed by both the science and Charlie's explanation. 00:19:21 - Drinking salt water is a bad idea, but good thing that's not what we're having. Jacob is under the weather with
12/04/20131 hour 12 minutes 21 seconds
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Ep 168: Science... sort of - Lifestyles of the Cold and Aquatic

00:00:00 - According to 'science' frogs are growing too many legs. However, as Carl Zimmer points out, sussing out the cause of the excess is a tricky matter indeed. You may have heard it was pollution, but what about the parasites? Kelly explains. 00:22:03 - Drinks can contain both pollution and parasites. A good way to defend against the former is to make sure your drink includes ethanol. Patrick accomplishes this with an Elliot Ness from the Great Lakes Brewing C
26/03/20131 hour 14 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep 167: Science... sort of - It's Okay To Be Sort Of Smart

00:00:00 - Thiw week the Paleopals are joined by Joe Hanson from the It's Okay To Be Smart blog and PBS digitial series of the same name. We chat about what brought Joe into the wacky world of science outreach. <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size:
14/03/20131 hour 24 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep 166: Science... sort of - Paradigm Shifted

00:00:00 - We get a bit distracted talking about mythical winds in the opening but that soon blows over and we're left with part 1 of Ryan's interview with Daniel H. Wilson about his novel Amped coming out in paperback as well as the history of sci-fi writing and the state of modern book burners. <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; li
26/02/20131 hour 26 minutes 34 seconds
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Ep 165: Science... sort of - Dung and Dunger

00:00:00 - We start the show off with the announcement that Ryan Brown (of Ep 134) is the newest blogger for the Paleocave! He hops on to tell us about just what he intends to say with his new platform and how he recently plugged us on <a href="ht
20/02/20131 hour 35 minutes 48 seconds
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Ep 164: Science... sort of - Beyond The Sea

00:00:00 - The coffee culture of the Pacific Northwest puts the world at risk yet again. This time it's all the excreted caffeine getting into our oceans, which could have nasty affects on marine life down the line, but could also serve as an indicator of other contaminants. Either way, we still can't function without java and of course... 00:16:32 - booze. Not the best part of waking up, but still an important part of the day. Patrick refers to another aquatic disaster with his Burning River Pale Ale. Charlie and Ryan laugh at the mishaps that led to Lagunitas Sucks. And Ryan goes over the top with a <a href="https://untap
06/02/20131 hour 21 minutes 21 seconds
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Ep 163: Science... sort of - La Bella Vita

00:00:00 - Massimo Pigliucci returns to the show to talk about his new book, Answers for Aristotle. Part 1 of our interview barely scratches the surface for how science and philosophy (aka SciPhy) can help YOU answer some of life's biggest questions. <p style
01/02/20131 hour 35 minutes 11 seconds
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Ep 162: Science... sort of - A Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow

00:00:00 - Jetpacks may still be a dream, but robo-cars are coming to a road near you very soon. How will these cars perform when there's a life on the line? The Paleopals discuss the burgeoning field of robo-ethics based on an article in The New Yorker by Gary Marcus. 00:23:44 - Since the Paleopals don't usually record from a car, robotic or otherwise, it's safe for them to have a drink. Kelly's parents hooked her up with a Strongbow cider
10/01/20131 hour 21 minutes 19 seconds
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Ep 161: Science... sort of - Arguing with Comrades

00:00:00 - For the first time since Episode 122 the newly-minted Doctor Jacquelyn Gill returns to the show! We start by grilling her about one of her most popular blog posts: How to argue with a scientist: A guide. 00:30:20  - One of the best ways to argue with a scientist is
28/12/20121 hour 25 minutes 1 second
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Ep 160: Science... sort of - Giving Thanks III, Thank Harder

It's time for the annual Thanksgiving Science... sort of special! Each year the Paleopals pick an extra-long PaleoPOW and cover it in a little more detail than usual. Just like the pilgrims did. 00:00:00 - Patrick has an e-mail from Mike S. to start the show. Mike is in Rochester, and the people in Rochester are doing good wor
16/12/20121 hour 31 minutes 54 seconds
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Ep 159: Science... sort of - Mathstronomy

00:00:00 - A new psychology study claims that in the brains of people with math anxiety, the anticipation of a hard math problem lights up the pain centers of said brain. The media reported that math problems cause physical pain. The Paleopals discuss. 00:21:15 - Drinks can also cause physical pain, but it's usually time delayed until the following morning. Patrick tries to describe his Tröeg's Dead Reckoning Porter. Ryan braces for some <a href="
10/12/20121 hour 30 minutes 40 seconds
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Ep 158: Science... sort of - Star Fox

00:00:00 - Astronomer Eli Bressert joints the Paleopals to talk about his entry into science, his time working for the Chandra X-Ray Space Telescope, and whether or not life sustaining planets could for in galactic clusters. And that's just part 1! 00:25:55 - We have drinks. Because, that's why. Eli starts off with a Three Sheets Pale Ale from the Lord Nelson Brew
01/12/20121 hour 34 minutes 14 seconds
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Ep 157: Science... sort of - Gravity and Stupid Dreams

00:00:00 - First off, our hearts go out to those affected by Sandy, Ryan did his part by promoting crowd-sourced science from the storm, but Ben recommends the Red Cross. Ben has also written a paper all about explaining the physics behind an H. P. Lovecraft short story. Hear him explain it to Ryan and Jacob while waiting to the inevitable quacking of the time
19/11/20121 hour 27 minutes 39 seconds
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Ep 156: Science... sort of - Mars 'n' Stars

00:00:00 - Not to alarm you, but it's possible we're all living in a simulation (see Rationally Speaking for a primer). Some physicists have thought up a <a href="http://www.technologyrevi
11/11/20121 hour 40 minutes 4 seconds
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Ep 155: Science... sort of - Less is More

00:00:00 - Elphant hair: curious leftover or useful coolant? New research suggests the latter, and Derek Mead of Motherboard is here to fill in the sparsely haired gaps! 00:18:02 - Elephants spray water on themselves to keep cool. Since humans sweat,
30/10/20121 hour 2 minutes 44 seconds
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Ep 154: Science... sort of - Whether Or Not We Should

00:00:00 - After some time back east Patrick has started wondering if we should kill all the mosquitos. An article from Nature intern Janet Fang explores the issue and the paleopals discuss their own awesome ideas on the matter. 00:25:00 - Like male mosquitoes, the paleopals also prefer plants to blood, but for the purposes of the show the guys usually weight for it to ferment a bit first. Patrick "enjoys" a Corona light, Ryan points out that his beer is overpriced based on it's iso
24/10/20121 hour 26 minutes 36 seconds
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Ep 153: Science... sort of - The Armadillo at the End of the Universe

00:00:00 - Diane Kelly decided to tell the story of how she came to accept scientific sacrifice through the lens of the armadillo penis. This, somehow, leads a larger discussion of scientific storytelling prowess. 00:23:55 - Drinks are a lot like penises, often unexpected and sometimes disappointing. Ryan enjoys the Canadian-made <a href="
11/10/20121 hour 15 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep 152: Science... sort of - A Strong Tail Wind

00:00:00 - Dave Hone talks to Patrick and Ryan about his research into tail length. Turns out there is a lack of consistency and it just might throw everything into a tizzy. Ryan seems fixated on mammals like a jerk. Plus we get an update on the state of his various web project including the ever-entertaining Ask a Biologist, of which Ryan is a proud contributor. <p style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font
24/09/20121 hour 30 minutes 53 seconds
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Ep 151: Science... sort of - Beers, Bibles, and Bombs

00:00:00 - Ryan chats with some of the geographers from the Floating Sheep blog about their stastically rigorous maps charting beer vs. church in the tweets of Americans. What state will win? What state will lose? How will this affect the electoral college? Tune in to find out! <p style="col
24/09/20121 hour 20 minutes 8 seconds
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Ep 150: Science... sort of - Nostalgia in a Glass

00:00:00- Scottish Loch Ness tour guide Captain George Edwards claims to have the best phoot of Nessie yet and Steve D. wants to know what the Paleopals think. We're not impressed, scientists find new species regularly. Neither is the uncredited token skeptic from the clip Benjamin Radford, who hosts the Monster Talk podcast. Ryan attempts to debunk, Charlie finds a conf
24/09/20121 hour 24 minutes 40 seconds
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Ep 149: Science... sort of - Keeping It Fake

00:00:00 - Phil Edwards, the Senior Fake Scientists at Fake Science Labs, joins Patrick and Ryan to talk about his new textbook: Fake Science 101, for when facts are too confusing. Be sure to follow the continuing adventures of the unreal reality by following the Fake Science tumblr blog<sp
10/09/20121 hour 26 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep 148: Science... sort of - Through The Looking Gas

00:00:00 - PhD Candidate Trey Mack joins the Paleopals to talk about KELT, a tiny telescope that's able to find planets orbiting other stars. Trey gives us the basics, then we get sidetracked asking him just how he got into this whole astronomy gig in the first place. 00:17:53 - Drinks can also be hard to find, especially if you've already have a few to begin with. Ben, who can't have artifical colors, settle for a Glaceau Vitami
07/09/20121 hour 9 minutes 56 seconds
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Ep 147: Science... sort of - Flash Fried Frog Legs

00:00:00 - Much like podcasters, frogs try to avoid talking over each other. It really screws with getting noticed by a mate. They do such a good job that tech nerds are trying to figure out how have networks work the same way. Ribbit. 00:21:05 - Frogs like to take a dip in the drink, whereas the Paleopals like to dip drinks into their mouths. This week Ryan begins with a Triple Digit Aftermath Scotch Ale<
28/08/20121 hour 15 minutes 2 seconds
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Ep 146: Science... sort of - Relative Position, Absolute Precision

00:00:00 - A theory is nice, but without the right tech it can sometimes be hard to test. Such was the case with the popular "selfish herd theory" and it took some very precise GPS and some perturbed sheep to finally prove it right. 00:17:12 - Drinks are more fun when you're in a herd. Charlie has mixed feelings towards his Hell or High Watermelon from 21st Amendment. Kelly is refreshed by a Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat
21/08/20121 hour 11 minutes 31 seconds
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Ep 145: Science... sort of - Mind the Gape

00:00:00 - Brown snakes may have reached Guam, but once there how do they reach between tree branches? New research shows how these tiny snakes would rather go up than across. 00:19:26 - Drinks bridge the gap between sobriety and drunkenness. Patrick sups a Naked Grape pinto grigrio. Ben kicks back some guava nectar from Egypt. And Ryan has a Jashimi cocktail invented by <a href="http
29/07/20121 hour 7 minutes 55 seconds
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Ep 144: Science... sort of - The Art of Movement

00:00:00 - You might never need to plug in your electric car if we just went ahead and made the roads moving charging platforms. Expensive? You bethca! Worth it? Eh... 00:22:40 - One way to get a charge is via ethanol, which consumed in moderation should never require the insertion of wires into your body. You figure out what that
25/07/20121 hour 14 minutes 56 seconds
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Ep 143: Science... sort of - Hot and Bothered

00:00:00 - A new Zune review fails to distract the Paleopals from noticing just how hot it's been. According to NOAA, the organization not the dude, it really has been "hot as balls" out lately, and the weather has been whackier than usual too boot. The last time it got this hot might have been the PETM, which we mention here but have talked about in a bit more depth on a previous episode.  <p style="color: #333333; f
18/07/20121 hour 14 minutes 53 seconds
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Ep 142: Science... sort of - Running from the Truth

00:00:00 - Lousiana wants to implement vouchers to send kids to private schools. Problem is some of these schools teach Creationsist science and math. And it seems the Loch Ness Monster is their ace in the hole to disprove evolution. So there's that...  00:25:07 - Drinks dull the pain of bad science. Ryan has a merlot with a marshmallow. It's a think he's been meaning to try. And Kelly kicks back a Cabernet Sauvignon, which apparently is an old favorite for her. Who knew? Jacob has a Bold City Brewery's Lamp Post Ale. He claims it's only OK, but he certainly didn't take long to finish it. 00:31:46 - Ryan couldn't wait any longer so this week's Trailer Trash Talk gets excited over the conclusion of Nolan's Batman trilogy with <e
04/07/20121 hour 28 minutes 31 seconds
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Ep 141: Science... sort of - Hot Dog

00:00:00 - Supervolcanoes could striek at pretty much any moment. At least that's what Ayla has to say as she joins from a mid-reconstruction New Zealand to tell us all about her research into potentially destructive magma chmabers just waiting to strike! 00:25:53 - Drinks cool you down as the magma heats you up. Ben has some weird vita malt thing from Denmark. He loves it.
26/06/20121 hour 31 minutes 13 seconds
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Ep 140: Science... sort of - With Great Power

00:00:00 - LeMans is a race that takes 24 hours. It's a Motorsport thing, which comes dangerously close to SPORTZ. So the Paleopals call in reinforcements in the form of Joe Batwinis. Why attempt to recreate Car Talk at all? Because the race was won by a diesel hybrid, and that's quite interesting. <p
22/06/20121 hour 22 minutes 9 seconds
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Ep 139: Science... sort of - The Augmented's Lament

00:00:00 - Daniel H. Wilson returns to talk to us about his new novel Amped, as well as his recently published Wall Street Jounral op-ed about the futur eof human augmentation. Hear our first interview with Daniel where we discussed his first novle Robopocalypse in episode 95. 00:22:45 - Kelly has beer on the brain after tryi
12/06/20121 hour 9 minutes 19 seconds
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Ep 138: Science... sort of - Longshot Ideas

00:00:00 - Because according the media, 3 disparate events make a global trend, the CDC had to come out and assure everyone that we are not at the beginning of a zombie apocalypse. That being said, no reason you shouldn't prepare anyways, right? 00:17:08 - Jacob enjoys a Dark Night in Munich, a Longshot beer from Sam Adams. Ryan has a State
06/06/20121 hour 21 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep 137: Science... sort of - Leaving A Mark

00:00:00 - Turns out that thing your grandpa did, you know the one, well it's why you have green eyes. Or something like that. Epigenetics is tricky, thankfully Kelly is here to help sequence a new study about how mice respond to stress generations later. 00:24:17 - What you drink now could effect your great-grandkids, so why waste time? Patrick returns to a new favorite in the Loose Cannon, surprising Ryan with his embrace of hops. Ryan keeps it local with a West Mo
05/06/20121 hour 10 minutes 54 seconds
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Special Edition 8: Science... sort of Theater 2 - Star Trek

We had so much fun with Jurassic Park that we've decided to come back with our second installment of Science.. sort of Theater 3000! Or something like that. This round we're tackling J. J. Abrams 2009 reboot of Star Trek! If you don't have the movie, don't worry, it's available for instant play from Amazon at this link <a href="
20/05/20122 hours 8 minutes 54 seconds
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Ep 136: Science... sort of - Media (Flea) Circus

00:00:00 - Science keeps chugging along, and the media keeps reporting it wrong. This week Patrick and Ryan go toe-to-toe in the friendliest of ways with recurring guest Brian Switek and newly minted guest Derek Mead in a discussion of how the science gets reported based on an article by Derek and a how-to guide by Double X Science. 00:32:27
15/05/20121 hour 26 minutes 48 seconds
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Special Edition 7: Science... sort of - AntiAntiEvolution Rally

This short special edition is a recording of the speech I gave to a group at a rally on April 14, 2012 opposing HB0386 and supporting good science education in TN. My open letter to the governor is available here, and the following is a transcript of my speech: My name is Ryan Haupt, I'm a graduate student at Vanderbilt University. I came to Nashville specifically t
13/05/20125 minutes 30 seconds
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Ep 135: Science... sort of - Heads and Tails

00:00:00 - Jason Head joins us to talk about Titanoboa, the largest snake ever found and subject a new documentary starring Dr. Head himself. Part 1 tackles the initial discovery and piecing together of the biology of the snake. We actually recommend watching the documentary (or play the game) first, but you're a smart person, you'll figure it out regardless. <p style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-s
07/05/20121 hour 15 minutes 42 seconds
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Ep 134: Science... sort of - Tilling the Stars

00:00:00 - This week the Paloepals are joined by Ryan Brown of the Glacial Till blog! He joins us to break down some space rock basics for diving into our second segment. SYNERGY! 00:16:55 - In the futu
02/05/20121 hour 4 minutes 25 seconds
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Ep 133: Science... sort of - Bones, Feathers, and Talismanic Scat

00:00:00 - Tyranosaurs be feathered! David Hone joins Patrick and Ryan to talk about the cuddliest of all megapredators just released from the fertile fossil fields of the Orient! 00:27:57 - With new dinos out of the way the guys kick back for a cold one. Charlie keeps consistent with a Coors Light, Patrick thinks it's a lovely day for a Guinness, Zach Weiner has a NEW handcrafted cocktail: Thai Iced Weiner. And Ryan harkens back to <a href="
24/04/20121 hour 18 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep 132: Science... sort of - Under Pressure

00:00:00 - A new study sheds light on the effects of social hierarchies in monkeys, which may then help us understand why those of lower social status are less healthy than their well-to-do peers. Finally, monkeys helping the poor instead of just messing stuff up. 00:11:39 - Drinks, they're what monkeys wish they had to unwind. Charlie ups the ante with a Drake's IPA. Patrick keeps it local with a Starr Hill Jomo lager. And Ryan is perplexed by the hipster can of his Sixpoint Resin Imperi
19/04/201247 minutes 21 seconds
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Ep 131: Science... sort of - Sex Kidneys and Other Distinctions

00:00:00 - What's the point of being smart if you don't get to argue about the little things? The Paleopals start the show by breaking down some of the pedantic scientific distinctions brought up on io9.  00:27:09 - While there may be no real distinction between left and right, we know for sure that at least one hand of each Paleopal holds a drink, the question is, what is it? For Patrick it's and Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout. Kelly enjoys a Real Ale Rio Blanco, complete with a drawl. Ryan enjoys an Aviation from
16/04/20121 hour 6 minutes 45 seconds
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Ep 130: Science... sort of - Old Lander On The Moon

00:00:00 - The LRO, everyone's favorite lunar orbiter, has taken some photos of Space Race era Soviet landers which has finally answered pressing questions such as: did the lander fall over? and,<span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Ro
04/04/20121 hour 7 minutes 29 seconds
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Ep 129: Science... sort of - Amateur Hour

00:00:00 - Amateur astronomers have been pouring over a cloud on Mars. What could it be? No one is quite sure, but no matter what it's a game-changer for the red planet. 00:16:55 - Mars may be dry but the Paleopals are not. Charlie has an IPA that would be good if not for a better one earlier in the week. Ryan cracks open a microbrew in a tallboy. And Kelly <a href="
01/04/20121 hour 2 minutes 36 seconds
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Ep 128: Science... sort of - Mile High Club

00:00:00 - Male fruit flies hit the bottle harder after rejection from females. There's brain chemistry involved which might actually help humans suffering from depression and PTSD. A study of drunk flies that could help humans? Potentially the perfect win-win science study. 00:16:26 - In the wake of St. Patrick's Day, what are the Paleopals enjoying? Jacob has a faux-Ir
20/03/20121 hour 6 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep 127: Science... sort of - Padre de Chupacabra

00:00:00 - Illustrator David Peters thinks a tiny pterosaur was a vampiric leach of larger sauropods. Does paleontologist Chris Bennett agree? Should we ignore evidence so we can live in a world with blood sucking pterosaurs? These are the important questions of our time, people. 00:23:28 - Some drinks that aren't blood include: a Kona koko brown
16/03/20121 hour 10 minutes 29 seconds
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Ep 126: Science... sort of - Science Chronicles

00:00:00 - Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson joins the Paleopals for the first time in 101 episodes to talk about NASA budgets, exploration, and his new book Space Chronicles! Be sure to check out Dr. Tyson's own podcasting efforts on the show Star Talk Radio. 00:36:17 - Drinks, they're a part of the show, so they get
14/03/20121 hour 12 minutes 16 seconds
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Ep 125: Science... sort of - Zombie Plants and Hungry Fungus

00:00:00 - The Russians are repopulating their tundra with 30,000 year old squirrel leftovers i.e. they germinated a plant from a 30,000 year old seed (sort of)  and now they have a pretty flower. Awesome. 00:13:18 - Drinks are needed to make plants and Paleopals grow. Jacob has <a href="
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Ep 124: Science... sort of - The Lake Lake Show

00:00:00 - Lake Vostok is perhaps the most difficult to get to lake in the world. Yet the Russians have spent over a decade attempting to tap it. What's the deal? Why so interesting? And is it even a good idea? There's a lot to say about Vostok and the Paleopals waste no time diving right in. (Also: Secret Nazi Hilter clones from the South Pole, you can't make this stuff up.) 00:22:00 - Many people enjoy drinking near lakes. The Paleopals are no exception.
21/02/20121 hour 23 seconds
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Ep 123: Science... sort of - Bio-feedback

00:00:00 - Brynn Metheney joins us to talk about coffee, aparently, but also her new world-building project 'The Red Valley' and her new print for sale featuring a very familiar mascot. 00:18:31 - This week we're dealing with feedback asking about biology. Leslie L. wants to know about ring species an
17/02/20121 hour 25 minutes 11 seconds
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Special Edition 6: Science... sort of Theater 1 - Jurassic Park

And now for something completely different! We Paleopals figured it might be fun to watch a movie together. We also figured it might be fun for you to join us. Thus this experiment was born. So the entire crew sat down and watched the 1993 cinematic classic Jurassic Park, while simultaneously on Skype and these are the results. This show is intended as a fun and scientificially informed running commentary to be listened to while watching the movie. Jacob provides instructions in the first few minutes on how to sync up your viewing with ours then it's off to the races! Hold onto your butts and enjoy the show! Thanks for listening! We really want some feedback on this so let us know how you liked it. We want to do more but only if there's sufficient demand. And if you come u
13/02/20122 hours 15 minutes 3 seconds
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Ep 122: Science... sort of - Finding a New Course

00:00:00 - Bora Zivkovic chats with Ryan about Science Online 2012, the unconference that we're happy to have clutter our twitter feeds! Then Jacquelyn Gill returns to tell us about her experiences as a participant as the very same conferences. Two perspectives?! It's like real journalism in here. 00:34:34 - Taking a cue from #Scio12, the paleopals also kick back with a beverage. Guest Jacquelyn is chilling out with some hot ginger lemon tea. Patrick is searching for nirvana in a Japanese barley ale. And Ryan is getting wet with Old Burly. Ryan also uses the labe
08/02/20121 hour 29 minutes 57 seconds
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Ep 121: Science... sort of - Diamonds are for Feather

00:00:00 - Are you dying to know how diamonds make it to Earth's surface? Well the answer just might kill you. Abraham Padilla joins the Paleopals once more to talk about gas-powered kimberlite super-volcanoes on steroids. BOOM! 00:22:20 - Beer is also gas powered... sort of. Charlie has a beer of a different sort with his Bundaberg ginger beer from the land down under. Ben is stocked up on we
30/01/20121 hour 56 seconds
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Ep 120: Science... sort of - Black Swans

00:00:00 - David Shiffman, from the Why Sharks Matter blog, joins the Paleopals to discuss the recently discovered hybrid shark in Australia. He has a lot to say about the media coverage of sharks, global warming, and this story in particular.  Be sure to check out Southern Fried Science for more marine science blogging! 00:33:04 - Fact: sharks are found in water. Fact: Water
24/01/20121 hour 13 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep 119: Science... sort of - Lost In Transmission

00:00:00 - This week Ben, Jacob, and Ryan start the week off by getting the science behind temporal cloaking with Alessandro Farsi. If you can make sense of it you win a laser to the ye, but you'll also be able to avoid it, so there's that. 00:23:00 - Drinks are only hidden by cloaking them in your mouth. Boring Ben has plain old water. Jacob has tossed some top shelf Canadian whiskey in
16/01/20121 hour 3 minutes 51 seconds
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Ep 118: Science... sort of - Not What They Seem

00:00:00 - Kelly tell us about the fascinating world of kleptoparasites, specifically silverfish that hide inside ant colonies with chemical mimicry. Patrick and Ryan interrupt. 00:14:55 - Drinks also use chemicals, and they hide inside your glass until attacking your mouth. Patrick picked Kona's Coffee Porter, he's been there before, and he'll go back again. Kelly also chooses an old favorite in Great Lake's Edmund Fitzgerald. And finally, Ryan has brought something back from the slopes of Park City with his glass of<a href="http://www.highwes
09/01/201255 minutes 2 seconds
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Ep 117: Science... sort of - Wrapped Up In Science

00:00:00 - Kepler (the satellite, not the dude, who would be a zombie at this point) done found us a planet within the habitable zone of a star a mere 600 light years away. THANKS KEPLER! 00:13:08 - Drinks are like planets, wait long enou
20/12/201158 minutes 54 seconds
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Ep 116: Science... sort of - Subnormal

00:00:00 - Naked mole rats are even more awesome than previous thought: their sperm is terrible. Doesn't sound like a good thing? Well how come their awful sperm still works just fine? Because mole rates cannot be stopped, that's why. 00:11:53 - Like it or not, drinks are a part of the show and thus require a moment of discussion. Charlie has an old standby in the form of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Patrick has a nondescript merlot, he can assert that it is in fact red. Ryan has a hot buttered whiskey based on a recipe he is happy to share from the book And A Bottle of Rum. And Jacob has spicy cinnamon vanilla eggnog, if that's what you're in to. 00:18:2
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Ep 115: Science... sort of - Feeling Crabby

00:00:00 - Who knew crustaceans could be so crafty? An amphipod has evovled the ability to spin silk like a spider, except under water! Fraught with awesome imagery and potential medical applications to be sure. 11:11:11 - Every week we consume something on air and this week those consumables varied more than usual. Kelly has crafty Norwegian chocolate with an unexpected surprise. Ben has homo milk from a bag? We don't know either, Canada is even weirder than previously imagined. Ryan descends into a bottle of <a href="
06/12/20111 hour 6 minutes 9 seconds
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Ep 114: Science... sort of - Giving Thanks II, The Thankening

It's time for the annual Thanksgiving Science... sort of special! Each year the Paleopals pick an extra-long PaleoPOW and cover it in a little more detail than usual. Just like the pilgrims did. 00:00:00 - Charlie starts things off with an e-mail from Michal about our dismissal of Evolutionary Psychology. Maybe the PaleoPOWsevolved to think that it's just not up to snuff? <p style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; lin
30/11/20111 hour 34 minutes
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Ep 113: Science... sort of - Mo' Money, Mo' Science

00:00:00 - Jai Ranganthan joins Paleopals Charlie, Jacob, and Ryan to update everyone on the #SciFund Challenge. First and foremost, congrats to our own Kelly Weinersmith on being the very first project to get fully funded! Yay! But the Paleopals go one further and actually highlight a few projects that caught their eye. Jacob was intrigued by the dolphin with the backwards fin, mostly becau
21/11/20111 hour 21 minutes 46 seconds
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Special Edition 5: Science... sort of - Switek, SVP, and Socialized Science

Brian Switek is fast becoming the arbiter of the special edition. This time Ryan and Brian sit down in person at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas to opine on the goings on of the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. They discuss some of the cool talks and posters they saw, the benefits of socializing science, and even the very reasons meetings like this exist. Enjoy! And as always, be sure to follow Brian on Twitter (@Laelaps), subscribe to <a href="http://brianswitek.c
21/11/201136 minutes 15 seconds
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Ep 112: Science... sort of - Philosophy... sort of

00:00:00 - The Paleopals are joined by Massimo Pigliucci, of Rationally Speaking, to talk about philosophy, science, and philosophy of science. This here is the bulk of the episode, so enjoy as Dr. Pigliucci wa
13/11/20111 hour 29 minutes 51 seconds
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Ep 111: Science... sort of - Land of the Lost in Space

00:00:00 - Ben begins the show this week talking about Jacob. Eventually Ryan and Patrick force him into talking about the agreed up topic: The 100 Year Starship symposium which took place recently in Orlando, FL. Which happens to be near Jacob. Big ideas about how to get off this tiny planet abound, and the Paleopals break down a few but encourage you to read up on the details yourself! 00:26:11 - What the Paleopals lack in rocketry they more than make for in 'jet fuel', if you know what I mean. Patrick celebrates with a Jubelale, Ben has a whole island of new j
08/11/20111 hour 8 minutes 14 seconds
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Ep 110: Science... sort of - Back To School

00:00:00 - Jorge Cham, of PhD Comics, joins the Paleopals to discuss his comic, his time in academia, and the path he took to transition to full time artist. 00:27:27 - Scholastic achievement makes people thirsty. Thus the Paleopals imbibe. Patrick pulls out a rye beer he'd been saving. Ryan thinks his Sour Apple Saison is thematic. Kelly eschews alcohol for Italian sodas and rockets. While Charlie is back on th
02/11/20111 hour 48 minutes 18 seconds
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Ep 109: Science... sort of - Clam Slams and PosterJams

00:00:00 - This week the Paleopals are joined by Giacomo Bernardi from UCSC. He filmed fish using tools for the very first time, and is happy to tell us all about just why that's so awesome. Make sure to watch the video on our site and experience the glory for yourself! 00:34:04 - Tool use is not just required for cracking clams, but also for cracking open cold ones, even if Patrick is the only one with a beer. Charlie and Ryan bourbon each other while Kelly tries to make due without her usual bartender. 00:40:33 - It's all for one and every Paleopal for themselves with this week's trailer, The Three Musketeers in 3D! Will it live up to the 1993 classic? 00:53:49 - Patrick reports on his trip to t
26/10/20111 hour 54 minutes 29 seconds
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Ep 108: Science... sort of - Man-Made Monsters

00:00:00 - The scientific world was 'rocked' when news came out of GSA reporting a giant hyper-intelligent cephalopod discovered in the Triassic. But does the story hold water? (hint: NO) The Paleopals are joined by former cast-member Justin to break down this prehistoric cryptid! 00:18:28 - Their first story took place deep in the drink, so the Paleopals decide to dive in too. Justin has scotch, Kelly celebrates Ben's PhD with mangosteen juice (and a backup for her tastebuds), while Charlie has yet to make his Campari (it's made of bugs!) and soda, and Ryan presumes he's keeping it thematic with <a href="http://berkshiremo
19/10/20111 hour 12 minutes 59 seconds
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Ep 107: Science... sort of - Ignoble Infections

00:00:00 – The Ig Nobel awards were a surprise to Sean Williams, and he blames Ryan. Thus Ryan concoted a game to tell the truly ignoble from the simply ficticious, and he forces Charlie and Jacob to play a round of Ig Nobel or Ig Know Not?!  Topics covered include but are not limited to: Homosexual necrophilia in Mallard Ducks Collection of whale snot with remote controlled helicopters Wasabi-based fire alarms <a href="
09/10/20111 hour 31 minutes 16 seconds
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Ep 106: Science... sort of - A Big Pile of SCIENCE

00:00:00 - This week we are joined by the wonderful Jacquelyn Gill to talk about mammoths and the spores found in their poop! Jacquelyn does a ton of outreach with her blog and twitter, so support the effort by checking them out, ok?! 00:23:53 - Drinks. They're what happens when it's too late in the day for coffee. Ben is having his final Sussex Golden Ginger Ale, since it's only available in one part of Canada. No one has the heart to explain FedEx to him. Jackie is treating herself to a New Glarus Raspberry Tart float, which is just insane but probably delicious. Ryan goes to Hog Heaven. And Patrick has the spiciest of all wines, and likes it! <p
05/10/20111 hour 29 minutes 6 seconds
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Special Edition 4: Science... sort of - Terra Nova

Brian Switek joins Ryan, Patrick and Ben to play Odd Man Out with the premiere of Terra Nova. Physics, dinosaurs, Spielberg; oh my! Will the Paleopals pass on the new show? Or did the antics of a family in the Cretaceous win them over? Tune in to find out! Hear more with Brian in our full length interview fromEpisode 59 - Psi-Fi and Switek! Also be sure to check out Brian's text review of the episode on the Smithsonian Magazine Blog (where he even embedded the trailer, our kind of guy!).
01/10/201142 minutes 19 seconds
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Ep 105: Science... sort of - Malaria Mania

00:00:00 - Will having a few drinks prevent you from getting malaria, or make it more likely in the first place? The Paleopals discuss the pros and cons of boozing it up near infected mosquitoes. 00:20:26 - Fortunately the Paleopals live outside the range of malaria, thus their drinks are relatively risk free. Patrick expects condemnation from Ryan for his Kona but Ryan is too busy spilling La Roja from Jolly Pumpkin all over himself. Kelly shows up with another custom cocktail from Zach, this time called The Honey Rumple (milk, honey, rum; mix to taste). 00:26:34 - Johnny Depp has also developed a taste for rum as he returns to the world of Hun
26/09/20111 hour 7 minutes 37 seconds
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Ep 104: Science... sort of - Shrouded in Darkness

00:00:00 - This week we talk to Abraham Padilla about his work studying the volcanoes of Iceland. We barely scratch the surface of this topic, but that's probably a good thing because any deeper and we'd hit lava. 00:25:17 - Libations are an integral part of our podcast, thus we sup. Abe brings Ryan two types of tequila, one especially dark reposado and another a sensual triple distilled reposado. The bottle is supposed to be sensual (see for yourself), but your results may vary. 00:36:42 - Butch Cassidy rides down ole South America way for his final adventure as previewed in the trailer for Blackthorn. 00:48:48 - There was <a href="http://www.econo
21/09/20111 hour 24 minutes 53 seconds
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Ep 103: Science... sort of - A Million Little Pieces

00:00:00 - The Paleopals are joined with an old friend (similar yet distinct from a Paleopal) Jered Karr! Jered is a paleoentomologist at UCSC but he's also one of the top contributors to The Paleobiology Database, which he's here to tell us all about! What is it? How can it be used? How does he use it? And how long until I can put myself in there as a fossil? 00:21:21 - Even if they couldn't wait to start Patrick and Jered are still expected to explain their drinks. Charlie sticks with a classic. And Ryan attempts an audio hi-jink that may or may not have worked to get him a Manhattan. You decide! 00:31:14 - But it's up to the Paleopals to decide how they feel about this week's trailer, which is Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. It's another case of a bait-and-switch trailer, even though Rya
13/09/20111 hour 20 minutes 34 seconds
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Ep 102: Science... sort of - With a Grain of Salt

00:00:00 - Mars just keeps better, this time because it's a bit wetter. Charlie explains the science behind the discovery, especially how we were able to taste something on another planet. 00:16:43 - Patrick keeps his beverage dark and Cascadian, Charlie searches for a glass (why didn't he just check our store?) and Ryan is feeling dark and stormy. 00:23:02 - Trailer Trash Talk is looking to take a nice country drive. But that's not what Drive is about at all. Does the trailer live up to the poster? Does it even live up to the font? And what are driving gloves even for? Find out! 00:38:59 - Science is under threat! The threat of the 'decline effect.' <a href="
07/09/20111 hour 21 minutes 27 seconds
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Ep 101: Science... sort of - 2.0

00:00:00 - The theme this week is 2.0. Meaning the Paleopals want y'all to create some content, and y'all did! Each story this week comes as a submission from the Paleoposse. Thanks, everyone! The Paleopals Patrick, Jacob and Ryan have formed a pack to hunt some science, as suggested by Jesse W., first by debating the potential of pack hunting dinosaurs as opposed to just good wholesome group shredding post-mortem Komodo dragon style. Fun for everyone! 00:18:26 - Unfortunately, the one thing the Paleopals can't easily crowd source are drinks, but they thought to bring there own. Jacob gets down with Irene by having a Magic Hat #9, fingers-crossed for continued availability post-storm. Ryan, with no intended commentary on the Paleoposse, sups a Certified Evil and makes Patrick commit the
30/08/20111 hour 15 minutes 57 seconds
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Ep 100: Science... sort of - Game Show!

We did it! 00:00:00 - What are we drinking gets pushed to the front one more time as the entire former cast of the show (sans Justin) returns for the centennial episode! And everyone brought a beverage so hear what Ryan, Patrick, Charlie, Ben, Heather, Jacob and Kelly came to the anniversary show with. 00:09:35 - Game 1: Bleeping Science Show notes are a bit different this week because we did a game show style episode instead of the normal format, and our first game was Bleeping Science. Hear the Paleopals try to guess what was said in old clips from the show with a word removed! 00:31:20 - Patrick gets back to Moe regarding that whole Stitcher thing. Bottom line? We're now on Stitcher. Enjoy! 00:33:04 - Game 2: What did Charlie think? The second game is brought to the Paleopals by Ben when he makes the
22/08/20111 hour 59 minutes 59 seconds
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Ep 99: Science... sort of - Growing up Science

00:00:00 - Dr. Jai Ranganathan, of the podcast Curiouser and Curiouser, joins the Paleopals to talk about his new initiative, the #SciFund Challenge, which is a radical new idea on how to fun science. The Paleopals have concerns, but Jai makes this sound just crazy enough to work. Definitely a story we'll be sticking with as it moves forward. 00:37:05 - One thing the Paleopals make sure to fund each week are some tasty drinks. Patrick gets his hands on a can of Old Chub. Charlie is unimpressed by a local IPA. Kelly steals an OK porter from the lab fridge. And Ryan man's up with a Sea Smoke Barleywine. 00:44:38 - This week Trailer Trash Talk fo
17/08/20111 hour 31 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep 98: Science... sort of - Climate and Compromise

00:00:00 - Newly minted Dr. Brandon Murphy PhD joins the Paleopals to tell them all about the PETM and life on a boat. Turns out it's not like the popular music video would have you believe. It's much more like running to the sea floor and back while barely rocking at all. 00:24:14 - Per usual, drinks are consumed. Patrick steels himself for a Chardonnay, Charlie stands by with a Widmer Hefeweizen, Brandon kicks it with an agreed upon favorite, and Ryan records with a awkwardly named Vas Deferens Ale in hand. 00:32:16 - Patrick gets his stats nerd on with this week's Trailer Trash Talk subject <a href="
09/08/20111 hour 21 minutes 52 seconds
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Ep 97: Science... sort of - Finding Flukes

00:00:00 - The Paleopals are pleased to be joined by Dr. Nicholas Pyenson to talk about his research into Gray Whales, possibly the dirtiest of the baleen whales. He thinks the Grey Whale might have been more adaptable than previously thought, which has implications for the future, which is the most epic type of paleontology one can do. Be sure to visit the Smithsonian Institution, where Dr. Pyenson is a curator for fossil mammals, and see this stuff in the bone-y flesh! 00:42:28 - While some whales gulp dirt the paleopals sup liquids. And what liquids they are! Charlie indulges in the summertime treat of a Seattle Margarita! Patrick keeps things nautical and keeps everyone happy with a Scr
29/07/20111 hour 35 minutes 38 seconds
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Special Edition 3: Science... sort of - Midnight in Florida

It's a special edition show! These rare treats come about every now and again when an unusual opportunity to record arrives. This incident occurred during the PaleoPosse meetup at The Midnight in Gainesville, Florida on Friday May 13th, 2011. It includes a few familiar voices as well as a few new ones. Extra special guest is Jason Burchfield, PaleoPosse member and fellow podcaster on the Oklahoma Atheists Godcast. No real time-stamps for this mess. I know we at least mention superconductors in alcohol (as explained by ben while sober in <a href="
28/07/20111 hour 5 minutes 16 seconds
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Ep 96: Science... sort of - Hanging on by a Thread

00:00:00 - The Paleopals have returned to America and they've brought a show with them! The first topic on the chopping block is the US Senate putting corn-based ethanol on the chopping block. Some of you might know it as maize, others as a solution to oil, but the Paleopals try to set the record straight. 00:18:53 - Speaking of ethanol, the Paleopals are each consuming some. Charlie, having returned from France, is having some vermouth on the rocks as an apertif, whatever that is. Patrick has no treats from Alaska, but he's slogging through a Sommersault from New Belgium. And Ryan both has and explains his Mezcal Reposado con Gusano straight out of Mexico! 00:27:09 - It wasn't out when we recorded so <a href="h
25/07/20111 hour 17 minutes 17 seconds
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Ep 95: Science... sort of - Robots could be people too

00:00:00 - Daniel H. Wilson joins the Paleopals to talk about the science of robots and the sort of novels. Namely his new one, the highly enjoyable Robopocalypse! Be sure to check out the rest of Wilson's literary catalog (including some very practical survival books) at his Amazon page. Keep an eye on thePaleocave Blogf or Ryan's review! 00:52:
18/07/20111 hour 42 minutes 25 seconds
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Ep 94: Science... sort of - Social Distortion

00:00:00 – Julia Saltz rejoins Paleopals Ryan, Kelly and Jacob after her enthralling debut in Ep 87 to talk more about her own research and less about messy Hox genes. Her paper on social effects of aggression drive in male fruit flies pushes it way to the front of the discussion. 00:25:40 - Social situations are often distorted by alcohol, and while the Paleopals are of age and choose to imbibe, they hope it doesn't distort the discussions. Our guest Julia is cooling down with some white wine, while Jacob cools down with an In Heat Wheat. Kelly is prepping her tongue for SDCC with a Green Flash Double Stout Black Ale and Ryan is en
13/07/20111 hour 48 minutes 7 seconds
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Ep 93: Science... sort of - The Coldest, Windiest, Driest, Highest, Loneliest Show on Earth

00:00:00 - This week Paleopals Ryan, Kelly and Ben are joined by a special guest Beverly Walker! She's come to us straight from Antarctica. Bev was down there last "summer" to do research but before we dive into the water and the science the Paleopals want to know just what life near the South Pole is really like, and Bev is happy to fill them (and YOU) in on the details! 00:19:21 - Thoughts of the cold and dry lead one to the warming and the wet. Kelly stays on the lighter side of dark with a beer not recommended by previous guest of the show Charles Bamforth. Ben has a weird chunky aloe-vera and honey concoction, and the less said about that the better. Whereas Bev has been given a summer beer which Ryan had previously and Ryan keeps things frosty with a winter <a href="
07/07/20111 hour 17 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep 92: Science... sort of - A Quantum of Science

00:00:00 - The show begins with possibly the best cold open ever and then descends into discussion of quantum computing as D-Wave Systems released the first commercially available quantum computer EVER! Its a big deal if you know what quantum computing is, so the Paleopals do their best to distinguish a qubit from a double slit. 00:26:06 - Charlie feels imperial from the lager side of things, and betrays and old favorite.  Patrick is reminded of his early days as a craf
26/06/20111 hour 12 minutes 57 seconds
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Ep 91: Science... sort of - A Bug's Life

00:00:00 - Ben starts off the show with the horrifying news that spiders literally cannot be killed. Not even by drowning. Be afraid, but very afraid. Or be a biologist, like Ryan, who has no fear, only awe. 00:13:00 - Without time to prepare Ben is left looking for spiders in a glass of water, Kelly kicks back a Shakespeare stout and and Ryan keeps it beneath the drink with an emphasis on the cryptozoologic. 00:19:39 - After the immortality of spiders the Paleopals consider the implausibility of magic (which may or may not have mass) in the trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.<
20/06/20111 hour 9 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep 90: Science... sort of - Our Oldest Paleopals

00:00:00 - Kevin "The Numero" Uno joins the Paleopals to discuss his new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences all about "Nutcracker Man" not doing what his name would imply. 00:19:42 - What are we drinking? Kevin paradoxically says that i's the water (not the grains), Charlie ponders new bottle shapes for and older brewery, Patrick experiments with pale ales and Ryan has a  Hibiki Birthday drink on the rocks thanks to a few fine ladies. 00:26:17 - Trailer Trash T
12/06/20111 hour 48 seconds
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Ep 89: Science... sort of - Laser Mice and Bat Men

00:00:00 - Whats the best way to look inside a mouse? Finely-tuned laser-excitable nanotubes of course! Ben has more in the way of explanations, but Ryan brings the analogies. 00:16:15 - Ben also has something weird to drink but he recommended it to all. Ben also brings his PaleoPOW to bear early with a voicemail from Anthony in AUS concerning som Vostok Space Beer. Charlie is calling back to <a href="" _mce_href="
07/06/20111 hour 4 minutes 36 seconds
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Ep 88: Science... sort of - More Energy, More Problems

00:00:00 - The show begins with the Paleopals discussing a story that sounds too good to be true. Namely that the interaction of river and sea can be used as a safe, nonpolluting form of power, but can the work be understood? Therein lies the rub. 00:23:06 - Jacob is teetotaling while in training, Ryan takes it back to the Olde Country, which is apparently quite wordy, but Charlie keeps is simple and South of the border. 00:30:26 - It's like starting all over again (at least back to High School) as the Paleopals discuss the trailer for the new film Beginners(staring sexy <a href="http://girlstalki
30/05/20111 hour 26 minutes 48 seconds
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Ep 87: Science... sort of - Hox, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

00:00:00 - Julia Saltz joins the Paleopals Ryan, Patrick, Charlie and Kelly to finally figure out this genetics nonsense. The first part of the conversation focuses, as much as the show ever focuses, on Hox genes. Listen to find out why they're considered the dinosaurs of genetics. 00:24:17 - Rotten fruit isn't all bad. Sometimes Patrick drinks it, even if he admits that it sucks at first. Charlie has an Imperial IPA he wouldn't hesitate to hand to Patrick, which is saying something. Kelly keeps it practical and working class. And Ryan, per usual, keeps it weird, but with the help of Jesse Grove (who just finished his first year of law school, congrats!). 00:29:41 - Bei
25/05/20111 hour 9 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep 86: Science... sort of - No Pain, No Gainesville

00:00:00 - Crocodiles confuse even the best of biologists. Morphology, genetics and taxonomy collide as the Paleopals start the Gainesville show off with the wrong kind of reptile when discussing a new story of crocodile distribution and evolution. 00:14:42 - Patrick got something special for this. Cork special. Charlie continues his IPA tour as a trend continues to develop. And Ryan go
19/05/20111 hour 20 minutes 11 seconds
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Ep 85: Science... sort of - Cuckoo for SCIENCE

00:00:00 - This week the Paleopals are feeling Cuckoo for SCIENCE! Literally. Part of their parasitic ponderings are due to the newest Paleopal Kelly Weinersmith! Everyone say hi! Once she's properly introduced the discussion covers cuckoo basics, cuckoo benefits,cuckoo mafias, and sneaky host evolution. 00:30:24 - Kelly is exposing her mafia ties with some Payback, Ryan
10/05/20111 hour 17 minutes 45 seconds
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Ep 84: Science... sort of - The Big Bang

00:00:00 - Friend of the show and fellow podcaster Brian Dunning returns after a long absence to talk about the details of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant problems in Japan. Plus why exactly radiation is bad for us, and what the crisis in Japan means for the future of nuclear energy. Definitely take a moment to look at Randall Munroe's most excellent radiation e
02/05/20111 hour 40 minutes 53 seconds
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Ep 83: Science... sort of - Down Under

00:00:00 - Turns out Australia and Antarctica have more in common than just being giant deserts. A new study in Nature Geoscience reports that Antarctica is stealing Australia's moisture and it's all humanity's fault! C'mon Southern Hemisphere, can't you guys just all get along? 00:13:35 - This week Patrick is supping a grape fruit from New Zealand, Ryan kicks back a Fosters to then transition into a relatively palatable Harpoon Celtic Ale and Charlie requests sponsorship from his old standby, the Lagunitas IPA. 00:18:41 - Jacob jumps in mid-transition to help Ryan announce the upcoming Florida Science... sort of meetup. Details at the Paleocave blog! 00:21:27
25/04/201155 minutes 23 seconds
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Ep 82: Science... sort of - Creating Controversy

00:00:00 – Dr. Phil Currie, Professor of Paleontology at the University of Alberta and President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, comes on to alert the Paleopals and more importantly the PaleoPosse about the dangers of bad legislation in Tennessee and elsewhere. 00:10:33 – As an addendum to that discussion the Paleopals talk about the fact that even though Creationism loses in the courtroom it still has a strong foothold in the classroom. 00:21:17 - Ryan has a Monster in his <a
19/04/20111 hour 7 minutes 52 seconds
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Ep 81: Science... sort of - Mad Men

00:00:00 - Your logo may say more about you than you'd like, so spring for the nicer shirt, because sometimes you just can't fight evolution as a new study shows that name brand can make the difference.   00:12:18 - What are we drinking? Charlie talks labels and a different kind of taste. Ben goes back to a brand he trusts. And Ryan tries to stick with the theme with a very convoluted connection.   00:17:41 - Trailer Trash Talk gets both high and deep as the Paleopals break down the trailer for Werner Herzog's new 3D documentary The Cave of Forgotten Dreams Special thanks to Andrew Mayne, of theWeird Things Podcast,
12/04/20111 hour 11 minutes 19 seconds
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Ep 80: Science... sort of - Strength in Numbers

00:00:00 - Dr. Christie Rowe had a problem with an article Simon Winchester published about recent earthquakes and bogus predictions. She let him know about her problems and he wasn't exactly a gentlemen or a good journalist about her critiques. We talk to Christie about her experiences trying to bully the bully pulpit into present honest science to the public instead of fear mongering for higher hit counts. Read about the entire interaction on the Paleocave Blog. Also read Dr. Rowe's followup post to the entire debacle at Scientific American's Guest Blog.   00:34:22 - What are we
05/04/20111 hour 8 minutes 25 seconds
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Ep 79: Science... sort of - To Err Is Human

00:00:00 - The show starts this week with a hardy helping of pterosaur ptime when the Paleopals sit down to discuss past errors with David Hone and Ross Eglin. Be sure to scope out all the other projects they're involved in at:, Archosaur Musings and Ask A Biologist. 00:37:29 – In which potent potables are consumed.   00:42:50 – It's a trip down found footage lane when the Paleopals set their sights skyward with a mission for fear in the new trailer for 
29/03/20111 hour 30 minutes 52 seconds
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Ep 78: Science... sort of - Fake Stout

00:00:00 – Ben takes a moment to ask the Paleoposse to consider helping the people of Japan recover from recent catastrophe. If you'd like to donate we've provided some links: Doctors without Borders American Red Cross   <
21/03/20111 hour 14 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep 77: Science... sort of - Terrorism and Pterosaurs

00:00:00 – Ryan is riding shotgun with Justin Wood from New Orleans, Louisiana this week but Patrick and Charlie are in their usual places and are more than ready to talk about the dangers of biology research, mainly in the form of violent opposition to experimentation.   00:20:29 – What are we drinking? Charlie has gone coconuts while Patrick returns to a seasonal favorite. Justin and Ryan enjoy a charitable pilsner from <a class="zem_slink" title="Abita River" rel="geolocation" href=",-90.1027777778&spn=0.1,0.1&q=30.4544444444,-90.102777777
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Ep 76: Science... sort of - Alien Ant Farm

00:00:00 – Fungus and ants have a complex relationship, sometimes the ants are farming the fungus, other times the fungi are infecting the ants in the brain and reprogramming their behavior for their own nefarious needs. Tit for tat, right? The Paleopals bring on Kelly Weinersmith to talk cordyceps and other parasitic "pests" in our great weird world.   00:30:43 – After the horrors of infestation we all could use a good drink. Jacob tries to impress, Patrick has a present from t
11/03/20111 hour 30 minutes 23 seconds
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Ep 75: Science... sort of - Better living through Chemistry

00:00:00 – According to a new article in The Economist, people used to think alchemy was awesome. Than chymists came along and acted all high and mighty with their beakers and their goggles! But were the alchemists really so wrong? A parable about the progress of science. (Just don't start think there's anything to homeopathy, ok? Literally sugar pills and water, people.)   00:19:32 – What are we drinking? Well even though it's the morning the Paleopals are packing heat (it's not really morning, we all have real jobs, y'know?). Patrick warms up with a pint of the black stuff. Charlie says some words in French. And Ryan reaches into the Dank Tank.   00:24:09 – Trailer Trash Talk this week deals with human enhancement, mental misinterpretations and wondering if anyone can ever achieve the level of functioning of Bradley Cooper all by discussing the trailer for <a href="http://trail
01/03/20111 hour 17 minutes 55 seconds
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Ep 74: Science... sort of - Return of the Lion King

00:00:00 – This week on the show: The Paleopals featuring the Yeti! Sounds like a good band, right? A band of knuckleheads!   00:01:40 – Turns out some animals are stealing the limelight, literally. An oriental wasp is found to be solar charging it's yellowed-butt and a slug is eating, incorporating and reproducing stolen photosynthetic genes!   00:22:01 – What are you drinking? Taking a back sea
20/02/20111 hour 28 minutes 30 seconds
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Ep 73: Science... sort of - I <3 Science

00:00:00 – This week the Paleopals skip the usual intro because they're just so excited to talk to author Dr. Sheril Kirshenbaum author of The Science of Kissing!   00:52: 29 – In keeping with the oral fixation the guys let Sheril off the line then talk about getting a "kiss from sweet lady hop." That Charlie really is such a poet. Also Ben seems to have some issues with how beer is produced.   00:58:18 – This week Trailer Trash Talk is going on a field trip for the very first time with Ed Helms and John C. Reily in the new Sundance comedy movie Cedar Rapids!   01:08:31 - PaleoPOW is a time to reflect, and this week the Paleopals might as well be surrounded by mirrors. <ul
14/02/20111 hour 33 minutes 27 seconds
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Ep 72: Science... sort of - Leaving a Deposit

00:00:00 – This week the Paleopals start the episode off with a bang. Whales are doing it beneath the waves, and doing so in a way that may surprise the monogamous among us. (DISCLAIMER: This story acknowledges the existence of sex and the linked story has the pictures to prove it!)   00:13:01 – The "What are we drinking?" sequence takes back seat to the sex lives of whales, but don’t worry, it’s still there and still delicious. Patrick whines... about foil; while Charlie and Ryan sync their taste buds Kentucky style.   00:16:35 – If you want to guarantee a spot on Trailer Trash Talk, make a werewo
07/02/201155 minutes 17 seconds
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Ep 71: Science... sort of - Moving on up

00:00:00 – Per usual, the Paleopals are introduced with a tasty beverage in hand, but this week Patrick jumps the PaleoPOW gun with a question from Formspring about what drink we'd recommend on a date with a lady. Patrick also asks for you hair. Don't worry, it's for science. He explains it in a post on the Paleocave Blog.   00:15:17 - The NY TIMES warns us of biodiversity up a creek, or more specifically up a hill. The problem is hills end at the top, and so too may life.   00:28:14 - This week's Trailer Trash Talk takes us to space (again) but this time we're alone
31/01/20111 hour 5 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep 70: Science... sort of - Episode V: Martian Mesozoic Mayhem

00:00:00 – The Paleopals are here sipping liquids from all over the place. Sustainable? No. Delicious? You bet! Ignore your carbon footprint and uncork something tasty.   00:05:26 – More Doarn! Charles Doarn returns to finish our discussion about sending people to Mars from Episode 69, including some sobering yet inspiring thoughts on the inquisitive nature of man. Be sure to consider snagging the book, <a href="
25/01/20111 hour 34 minutes 47 seconds
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Ep 69: Science... sort of - Episode IV: A New Health

00:00:00 – The gang's all here (in a quantum sense) and enjoying brews of grape, grain and grass. Yup, ben is drinking grass. We don't even know anymore.   00:06:37 – This week we present Part 1 of our interview with Charles Doarn about his recently published paper titled "Medical Care for a Mars Transit Mission and Extended Stay on the Martian Surface."   00:48: 18 – In maybe one of the most metal stories we've had the joy of covering, NASA's Fermi space telescope finds that lighting storms emit antimatter. One day when the world understands science better this will be painted on the sides of vans everywhere.   00:58:31 – Patrick finally gets to a m
18/01/20111 hour 29 minutes 44 seconds
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Ep 68: Science... sort of - Math of God

00:00:00 - The Paleopals are back in the hot seat for their first show of 2011 all about the Queen of Sciences: MATH! Strap in, we promise it's not boring.   00:06:14 – Patrick likes pulling science out of the weirdest places, this week it's a New York Times piece by Michael Lewis about math, markets and natural disasters. This one really may be worth reading before listening.   00:29:12 – Anthony Hopkins is up to his old tricks again as he squares off against both skepticism and demonic possession in the "inspired by true events" trailer for The Rite!   00:43:46 – Odd-Man Out m
11/01/20111 hour 14 minutes 41 seconds
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Ep 67: Science... sort of - The Future is Now

00:00:00 – What episode is it? Who can really say? All we know for sure is that science is afoot and the guys are prepared with beverages aplenty.   00:06:10 - Space X finally put stuff in space, again, sort of. Patrick explains it better and since it's about people in space there is no shortage of discussion.   00:18:20 – After a miserable day by the bay Charlie is feeling a bit SAD. The guys discuss this bizarre phenomenon of light based depression.   00:32:27 – Ryan is excited for The Source Code, new movie from the director of Moon. Charlie thinks the shark is being jumped. Patrick is in the middle but he only has 8 minutes to figure it out!   00:47:30 – Big PaleoPOW this week as Charlie announces the winners of the Flyer Contest. Congrats to Jon L. and Clave4e! You guys get shirts!
04/01/20111 hour 13 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep 66: Science... sort of - Undead Cowboys

00:00:00 – The lineup is a bit different than usual as Ryan is joined by alternative Paleopals Ben and Jacob. But wait! There's more... 00:04:42 – Joining the Paleopals is Professor Robert Smith? and author Max Brooks. Zombie experts of disparate fields! What ensues is a round table zombie discussion sure to titillate and illuminate! 00:52:42 – After that great Z-table discussion it's good to unwind with some wild west nonsense because this week's Trailer Trash Talk is Cowboys and Aliens! 01:01:54 – Last up is the PaleoPOW! Jacob has a domestic iTunes review from faym001 that forgets to mention him. Ben has a Canadian iTunes review from Ryan Closs, whom Ryan has no prior knowledge of, and Ryan has a punny e-mail from Mike.   Thanks for listening! These ar
14/12/20101 hour 18 minutes 10 seconds
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Ep 65: Science... sort of - Stats and Stones

00:00:00 – The Paleopals are all here, having recovered from a mysterious case of arsenic poisoning, and are flushing their systems out with a little bit of alcohol. Charlie has an old favorite, Patrick is kicking back a cold one, and Ryan is classing it up, but maybe being a bit "winey" about it.   00:05:29 – Ryan, Patrick and Ben sit down for a chat with John Allen Paulos, a professor of math and statistics at Temple University. He's way smarter than all of you so listen to what he says about numbers, innumeracy and the problem with people not knowing their maths (It's how the Brits say it.)   Also, don't forget to do your homework: 1) Take any prime number bigger than 5 and explain why it's square is always 1 more than a multiple of 24. 2) Estimate how many pizza parlors there are in
06/12/20101 hour 17 minutes 17 seconds
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Special Edition 2: Science... sort of - Arsenic and Old Lake

The Paleopals were caught up in the NASA excitement yesterday so they sat down and did an impromptu show! Enjoy this special edition slightly shorter episode all about Arsenic and Old Lake! <s
03/12/201042 minutes 45 seconds
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Ep 64: Science... sort of - Giving Thanks

00:00:00 – Happy post-Thanksgiving (for the Americans)! Happy week in November (everyone else)! The Paleopals have decided to take this opportunity to clear out the inbox and do an all PaleoPOW show. E-mails, voicemails, Facebook posts, OH MY! Enjoy the feedback frenzy, y'all. 00:06:49 – Ryan's PaleoPOW: Dayna likes the show but has some pressing issues like global climate change and Roswell, which she insists we discuss. If she hoped for bit of science and some rambling on top she shan't be disappointed. <span style="line-height: 115%; font-fam
30/11/20101 hour 23 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep 63: Science... sort of - Kid's Table

00:00:00 – Winter has come to the Paleocave and the guys are chilly. Their beers reflect the changing seasons, each with their own spin.   08:01 – As everyone knows cats are hilarious, but they're also very good at drinking without getting their faces wet.  A new study reveals the physics behind this evolutionary accomplishment and the Paleopals discuss.   00:19:18 – things get a bit Tangled in this week's Trailer Trash Talk. Did Disney learn nothing from Shrek?   00:30:32 – Walking is easier for tall people, as if they didn't have it easy enough already, but chewing gum will help you look taller. Two tall tales from the world of walking and posture science!   00:44:53 – It's Thanksgiving time
23/11/20101 hour 8 minutes 13 seconds
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Ep 62: Science... sort of - Holes

00:00:00 – The Paleopals are already giggly at the onset of the show, mostly because Ben is drinking something ridiculous, but also because the theme this week is HOLES! What will they come up with next?   00:08:19 – The Large Hadron Collider has created the world's smallest big bang. It sounds contradictory, but it's particle physics, who honestly gets this stuff? Charlie and Ben do! But they're not writing the show note, are they? No, they're not.   00:22:25 – What is a cave if not a big hole? A big 3D hole! Executive producer James Cameron brings you the drama of cave research in 3D with his upcoming opus Sanctum in this week's Trailer Trash Talk.   00:33:56 – Ryan's mom wants us to talk about blue hole exploration. It's like Trailer Trash Talk come to life! Now if only she'd let him go SCUBA diving in caves his life would be complete. Complete cause
10/11/20101 hour 11 minutes 31 seconds
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Ep 61: Science... sort of - Bugs and Bias

00:00:00 – Charlie may not be ready but he's gonna give it his all with the other Paleopals, Patrick and Ryan, on this week's show! Charlie continues his IPA tour in Oregon, Ryan goes off the beaten path to gin-town also from Oregon, and Patrick finds joy in something he usually detests.   00:04:43 – Bugs always get bigger when there's more oxygen, except when they don't. Patrick spearheads two stories with seemingly contradictory results.   00:20:07 – Trailer Trash Talk is high minded this week talking about Skyline, the new alien thriller. Disclaimer: This isn't about Skyline chili which Ryan loves and hopes they make a movie about.   00:33:50 – An e-mail from Wendy serves as Ryan's PaleoPOW but also sparks off a discussion about disappearing bees and biased researched. The business of bees is a biased thing indeed. <p class="Mso
08/11/20101 hour 9 minutes 48 seconds
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Ep 60: Science... sort of - Serialized Science

00:00:00 – The Paleopals introduce themselves as the familiar Patrick, Charlie and Ryan but rounding out the quintet today are Zach and Kelly Weinersmith (it's ok to laugh) of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal and Drinks are varied and Zach throws a true curveball the likes of which the podcast has never seen. Tune in to find out!   00:05:39 – We chat with the comedic-science super couple Zach and Kelly Weinersmith (it's ok to laugh) about their various internet incarnations. Jokes are told, science is explained, and Patrick freaks out thinking he's got a parasite even though he probably doesn't. (Key word: Probably)   00:42:28 – Trailer Trash Talk this week skirts the edge of the appropriate as the Paleopals discuss, Four Lions, the new comedy about British terrorists. Fortunately for all involved there are barely any accents attempted. <p class
03/11/20101 hour 28 minutes 52 seconds
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Ep 59: Science... sort of - Psi-fi and Switek

00:00:00 – After a few weeks of questionable beverages the Paleopals are all back on the beer wagon. Patrick and Ryan are feeling stout-y and Charlie's drinking like he ain't in the city no more.     00:05:06 – Blogger and soon to be author Brian Switek of drops by the Paleocave to chat about science blogging, SVP and terrifying (and warm) Mesozoic reptiles of the deep!     00:41:31 – Charlie needs the advice of the title in this week's Trailer Trash Talk as the Paleopals try to sail through the propaganda storm from the upcoming documentary Cool It.     00:59:49 – On-Call Canadian ben joins the Paleopals to help them figure out the ramifications of new research that shows the future seems to affect the past. What does this mean for next week's show? Seriously, I have no idea. Stupid time-travelling psychics messing everything up... sort of.     01:21:19
25/10/20101 hour 36 minutes 26 seconds
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Ep 58: Science... sort of - The Lighter Side of Dark

00:00:00 - Patrick and Charlie provide a weather report that has influenced their choice of beverage. Ryan makes a pilgrimage and returns with goodies for all! (Really only for him, selfish jerk.)   00:05:53 – According to Charlie an economy magazine had an article about rats putting on weight based on light and dark cycles. Does it make sense? Patrick says yes! Is it interesting? You decide!   00:15:18 – Trailer Trash Talk runs a bit long this week, about 127 Hours too long. Just kidding! That's the name of the movie!   00:25:17 – Stephen has a question about time travel (or is it space travel?) so the guys bring in the big ben gun to help clear things up (as though things are ever any clearer after talking to a physicist).   00:44:50 – Patrick and Ryan are back from Pittsburg
19/10/20101 hour 12 minutes 16 seconds
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Ep 57: Science... sort of - Comedy Strikes Back Pt. 2

You made it through the glory (yes, the glory) that is Part 1, and while Patrick and Ryan traipse around the globe (i.e. Pittsburgh) the Paleopals have made sure you have a boatload more content to get you through another week. Brian Malow sits in for another hour of tangential science beginning where we left off last week with the start of Trailer Trash Talk!   00:00:00 – Trailer Trash Talk has the guys seeing RED. Literally. There's a movie called RED. It's about spies who are very bad at staying secret cause they just can't blowing stuff up. Or something like that.   00:16:23 - Then it's off to tangent land again as the Paleopals and continuing guest Brain Malow start off talking about the UN's plan for alien contact. I seriously have no idea where the conversation went from there. E-mail in your reports after listening to [email protected]!   01:02:29 - PaleoPOW! Diving right in. Patrick has a comment from Betsy who has a compl
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Ep 56: Science... sort of – Comedy Strikes Back Pt. 1

00:00:00 – Introductions abound and everyone has a drink. Patrick is undoing dehydration, Charlie is refreshing and Ryan's beer is responsible for years of oppression on Brian's. It's all very complex.   00:08:59 – Catching up with Brian Malow, earth's premier science comedian, and all his distracting facets.   00:31:21 – Supposedly this section is about monkeys and mirrors, they're connected somehow but of course we get off topic. You cannot expect me to honestly list all the tangents that happen here, can you? I'm just an intern, I don't even get paid. I linked to the story (on the website) they were supposed to talk about, isn't that enough?! Maybe once I re-listen to the thing (it's in the job description) I'll update this space and the website with some more links.   01:21:23 – Announcement about Episode 57 from our very own Patri
05/10/20101 hour 23 minutes 27 seconds
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Ep 55: Science... sort of - Peppers with a Bite

00:00:00 – In the intro Patrick is unsure about the theme, and the quality therein, Charlie is expanding his IPA repertoire and Ryan gives a mini-dissertations on the merits of small batch Kentucky bourbon.   00:08:21 – What is the one thing that separates humans from all other mammals? Spicy picante hot pepper chili sauce! Our monkey brains are so broken we like the pain capsaicin provides. Charlie elaborates and Patrick gets a bit blue.   00:28:31 – Trailer Trash Talk wants to come in from out of the cold as the Paleopals discuss the "new" child Vampire romance Let Me In. 00:39:43 – Birds can't taste the spicy, but they can still pack a punch all their own when they're gigantic and toothed, just like a new find from Ch
28/09/20101 hour 16 minutes 35 seconds
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Ep 54: Science... sort of - Pulling Down Your Reaction Time

00:00:00 – It's a high-powered introduction this week as the Paleopals are drinking top shelf beverages endorsed by various world leaders!     00:07:12 – Charlie says video games can make you react faster, we'll see how fast he reacts when he's popping pills to stave off ghosts.     00:20:46 – Ben and Charlie get deep with this week's Trailer Trash Talk. Ryan keeps it on the level. Either way, Its Kind Of A Funny Story.     00:35:08 – Ben wants to tell you about Australians using lasers to move particles and call it a tractor beam. Oh Ben, when will the silliness end?     00:45:03 – PaleoPOW this week has Charlie and Dustin K. taking it to the Yeti. Ben is back on the Canadian iTunes revi
22/09/201058 minutes 45 seconds
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Ep 53: Science... sort of - The Monkey Moon Conspiracy

00:00:00 - Ryan is surprised this week to find a girl (i.e. Heather) has infiltrated his boys only podcasting clubhouse. How will Charlie respond? Stay tuned to find out!   00:05:13 – Not only is the moon getting farther away but now it’s shrinking too?! Will our kids even be able to see the darn thing?!   00:16:49 – For maybe the first time ever a PG movie is on the chopping block for Trailer Trash Talk as the Paleopals discuss Legend of the Guardian: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.   00:24:00 – Owl Monkeys are many things. Firstly they are adorable. Secondly they are nocturnal... sort of. It's weird cause they need the moonlight, but also some temperature stuff. Just listen to the segment alright?!   00:39:29 – In the PaleoPOW this week Charlie reads an iTunes review from Jason Gosse that's all
14/09/201059 minutes 54 seconds
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Ep 52: Science... sort of - Thriving and Surviving

This week on the podcast Science... sort of celebrates it's one year anniversary by doing a mostly normal show! 00:00:00 – Patrick actually tries for a decent beer this week (and succeeds), Charlie is being covertly classy and Ryan has too many options thanks to friend-of-the-show Josh Christie (! 00:08:43 – Can alcohol make you live longer? One study says it could but the Paleopals put on their science hats to get to the bottom of this too good to be true correlation. 00:25:29 – Trailer Trash Talk this week celebrates the downfall of Joaquin Phoenix in the new documentary I'm Still Here, which may, in fact, be a mockumentary but no one is really sure.  00:35:24 – Patrick shoehorns his PaleoPOW, a voicemail from Jay in Ferndale, WA, into a new study about tetrapod diversity over time.   01:01:07 – PaleoPOW is stunted this week because Ryan and Patrick were trying to
07/09/20101 hour 15 minutes 35 seconds
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Ep 51: Science... sort of - Area-51

00:00:00 – The Paleopals Ryan, Patrick and Charlie are all drinking beers (shocking!) and they're all in locations (also: shocking!) but the only way to learn what those beers are and where they're being consumed is to listen!   00:05:44 – This week the Paleopals are talking with Dr. Seth Shostak ( who hunts aliens and has a real radio show. (He also uses radios to hunt aliens.) They're talking specifically about an article positing that the search for ET may need to focus more on the AI than the squishy EBE's that made them.   00:33:03 – Because everybody loves George Clooney this week's Trailer Trash Talk features The American (not the one from The Bugle).   00:42:23 – Charlie, widely considered the most energetic of the Paleopals, brings us a story about some of the problems fa
30/08/20101 hour 20 minutes 16 seconds
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Ep 50: Science... sort of - X-Treme Manimals!

00:00:00 – Charlie is taking point this week to welcome everyone to the Science... sort of golden anniversary. Hooray! We made it to 50! Next stop... 51! (Obviously) 00:06:11 – There are a lot of animals in the world worth talking about. The Paleopals crank through as many as they can with this omni-list segment of some of our favorite extremophiles! (Not really extremophiles but the word was thematically appropriate.)  00:43:44 – Trailer Trash Talk is feeling monstrous this week so we take a trip to the Mexican border with the trailer for Monsters.  00:51:18 – We're sad to report that last year we lost a Chinese snake with a foot when it was tragically beaten to death with a shoe by a woman who caught it crawling up her wall. Hard to blame her.  00:56:29 – PaleoPOW brings us a question about the Hulk which makes Charlie angry (you won't like him when he's angry), a 'critical' review
23/08/20101 hour 16 minutes 29 seconds
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Ep 49: Science... sort of – Of Marsupials and Mutants

00:00:00 – Patrick is feeling whiney again; Charlie thinks he's being typical and Ryan unwinds with some local flavor after a long journey. 00:04:46 – Patrick surprises everyone by telling us marsupials might not have come from Australia at all! Ryan argues for the Creationist perspective. Charlie tries to make sense of it all. 00:17:59 – This week Trailer Trash Talk goes behind bars as the (chain)-gang talks about the new documentary Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo. <span style="font-family:
16/08/20101 hour 7 minutes 31 seconds
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Ep 48: Science... sort of - No Frills

00:00:00 – Charlie drinks something that helps clarify a previous misstep. Patrick avoids problems. Ben is bennnnn. Ryan regales (or bores) everyone (including you) with his tales of travelling around the USA in search of good beers.  00:07:36 - Jack Horner and Co. have taken our Triceratops but the Paleopals are arguing to get them back! 00: 23: 43 - Dinosaurs may not be expendable but your favorite 80's action stars are in this week's Trailer Trash Talk for The Expendables! 00:31:53 - Charlie sounds like a Bond villain as he explains possible plans to geo-engineer the Earth! 00:57:20 - Ben may not drink alcohol but he has no problem recommending a quick drink to help superconductors function better. 01:04:18 - PaleoPOW: Canada steps up its game with an all new, all northern iTunes review. Patrick thanks, COED magazine for some unexpected publicity. Charlie f
10/08/20101 hour 17 minutes 24 seconds
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Ep 47: Science... sort of - The Colors of the Wind

00:00:00 – The Paleopals are introduced as Ryan does his last show in California (for awhile) sitting in the same room as Charlie. Jacob returns too from the double east coast, which isn't as cool as a double rainbow but suffices. 00:06:00 - Jacob tells us about some sweet retro future rockets that can keep you cool on a hot summer's day. Or while reentering earth's atmosphere. Whichever.  00:20:34 - Next Ryan attempts to explain a new method for finding planets. Charlie attempts to help. We hope you attempted to learn something from it all. Also, some of the inner workings of West Virginia culture are illuminated, because you were dying to know. 00:37:17 - Instead of relying on the Paleopals to help you out why not rely on some Other Guys, which is the title of the movie in this week's Trailer Trash Talk! 00:46:26 - Jacob yet again takes us back to school teaching us the ins and outs of wind turbines (Hint: Wind goes both in AND out). Charlie and Ryan de
02/08/20101 hour 12 minutes 41 seconds
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Ep 46 Science... sort of - Asian Invasion

00:00:00 - Ryan drinks his most complicated beer yet so thankfully Patrick and Charlie keep it simple and Ben has something else (as usual!) 00:07:50 - Patrick tells us how to make MORE money by being charitable. Man, that guy is crafty. Also, not so fast believing that study, the group tested may be a bit too... college, if ya know what I mean. 00:27:36 - The Paleopals then attempt to de-obfuscate the trailer for Centurion in this week's Trailer Trash Talk. However, it's possible there was no plot to unravel in the first place... 00:39:20 - If your mom ever told you not to play with your food then she was clearly unaware of how useful it could be as a building material, according to some very old Asians who figured this out long ago. Put some of that sticky rice between some bricks and that wall ain't coming down. 00:45:54 - Korea is planning to start replacing English teachers with Robots. The question now becomes: Will this disaster be linguistic or ap
27/07/20101 hour 14 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep 45: Science... sort of - A Tall Cold Pint of Nightlife

Show notes are a little less traditional than usual this week seeing as we recorded this episode live at the CalAcademy Nightlife in San Francisco! The show was fun but fraught with distraction. We told what we were drinking, talked about what would happen if the earth stopped spinning, and the trailer for the week was the etymologically indistinct Green Hornet. All this is interspersed with Nightlifers asking questions and just generally being cool. Finally, we bask in the iTunes review left by Cat Eyed Fox. Forgive the less than stellar audio quality but hopefully, the content makes up for it. Thanks again to everyone who came out to support us and welcome to any new listeners we might have!  Find more content at and our blog at  Music this week: This is Your Night – Amber
19/07/201059 minutes 52 seconds
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Ep 44: Science... sort of - Dinosaur Language

00:00:00 - The Paleopals are joined by Ryan North, a computational linguist and creator of Dinosaur Comics (as well as a Canadian).  The Americans have beers and the Canadians have other stuff, some more interesting than beer, and some less so. 00:08:45 - Ryan North talks to us about computers using linguists and helps us sort out articles involving computers (supposedly) cracking indecipherable dead languages and how and why to save languages that are going ext
12/07/20101 hour 39 minutes 5 seconds
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Ep 43: Science... sort of - Predation and Libation

00:00:00 - Ryan is out of character as he demands to keep things moving as the other Paleopals Charlie and Patrick are forced to rush through drinks and a theme. 00:03:50 - Patrick is annoyed by the name of a new mega whale, but at least it has more teeth than stupid Sperm Whales (whom also have a weird name, am I right?). 00:16:39 - But this week the Paleopals are also on the hunt as they dissect the trailer for Predators. Things get a bit literal and heavy handed. 00:27:32 – A new type of scientist finds an old type of spear. Do your part for anthropology by walking around melting glaciers and picking up oddly shaped sticks. You could be the next Indiana Jones! 00:38:40 – PaleoPOW! Patrick has news from Chad on newly discovered brews. Charlie is Dallan’s forgotten favorite in a new iTunes review. And Ryan gets some cow-based blog feedback from Tomica. Links to these stories and more can be found at
05/07/201054 minutes 52 seconds
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Ep 42: Science... sort of - Free Falling with a Jetpack

00:00:00 – Ben has made it to the proper (read: west) coast but is still too far north for Ryan and Patrick who are side by side and sharing a brew. 00:05:03 – Patrick may be looking to get away because he wants to talk about jetpack science. You know this one will lead to digressions. 00:19:44 – The Paleopals are feeling a bit loopy Trailer Trash Talking Knight & Day with Tom Cruise. We’re not sure if he’s crazy off-screen, on-screen, both or neither. Scientology should sue Ben, we’re pretty sure he said the meanest stuff. 00:37:22 – Ben has a real physics story he wants to talk about. He promises not to get distracted. He might succeed but we don’t remember cause we got distracted. 00:48:14 – The PaleoPOW leads to a confused Ben, which is amusing in its own right (blame Formspring). Also Ryan and Patrick each read some sort of listener interaction too. What were the odds?! Find links to these stories and more at http
05/07/20101 hour 9 minutes 32 seconds
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Special Edition 1: Science... sort of - Macro Brew Experiment

On the advice of a previous guest of the show and in conjunction with the website Brews and Books ( ​Charlie and Ryan take to the streets in what is sure to be an informative and hilarious romp through macro brew science! Not to be missed.Find more great content at the podcast and blog Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly) - PhosphorescentFixed Income - DJ Shadow
01/07/201027 minutes 44 seconds
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Ep 41: Science... sort of - Jacob Have I Loved

00:00:00 – Introducing a previously teased voice but now for a full episode it’s Jacob! Two other guys showed up to talk too. 00:07:11 – Charlie is a doctor now, and he’s gonna tell you why. Hint: Men are from Mars 00:28:31 – It’s the most literal Trailer Trash Talk ever as the guys breakdown the trailer Winnebago Man. 00:43:32 – If you wanted your Winnebago to make it to space, Jacob is the guy you want strapping on the rockets. He breaks down the current state of rocketry especially this Falcon 9 thing that matters to the engineering types out there. 01:03:21 – PaleoPOW! It’s like a punch from the past! (That should probably be incorporated as a slogan somehow.) This week Jacob reads out an iTunes review, which we love, by the way, Alan Saiz sends a relevant link to Charlie and Ryan spots PaleoPosse member James Comey in the wild.   <p
21/06/20101 hour 18 minutes 27 seconds
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Ep 40: Science... sort of - Doc Hollywood

00:00:00 – The Paleopals can’t even get through introductions without Ryan being wrong about something, Charlie correcting him and Patrick presumably knowing all along.00:04:26 – This week’s guest is Rick Loverd who works for the Science & Entertainment Exchange as well as writing the comic Berserker for Top Cow. He has a lot to say about his own projects as well as how he fights the good fight to get the best science possible into the media you enjoy every day. A conversation not to be missed.00:43:41 – Trailer Trash Talk this week gets a little punny as the guys chat about Christopher Nolan’s latest offering: Inception. Comparisons are made, digressions are had and finally votes are cast.00:52:19 – That’s Dr. Paleopal to you. Our very own Patrick becomes a doctor mere moments (1 week in podcast time) before our very own Charlie. So the good doctor takes a moment to tell us about the research that led to the title. How long till Ryan gets his act together and f
15/06/20101 hour 22 minutes 12 seconds
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Ep 39: Science... sort of - Critical Drinking

00:00:00 - This week we're diving right in without a wasted second (... sort of) because we have an awesome guest who's voice you're likely already familiar with, Brian Dunning, host of the podcast Skeptoid, with whom we speak of a many great and numerous things. 00:46:44 - Ryan revisits his more recent childhood while Patrick and Charlie remain lackluster about the latest offering from Pixar, Toy Story 3 in this week's Trailer Trash Talk. 00:56:53 - Whales were once scum-sucking bottom feeders. But they evolved past it and left cool fossils with which we can use against another group of scum-suckers: creationists. 01:10:56 - PaleoPOW! Charlie finds a real Paleopal in Ed, James takes us to task on iTunes and we fire back (all in good fun, cause we're all friends here, right?) and Patrick reads a tweet from Quadell praising the blog. Thanks for listening, find more great content at our blog
07/06/20101 hour 22 minutes 14 seconds
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Ep 38: Science... sort of - The Quiz Show

This week was the quiz show so we don't have traditional show notes. We get asked about the usual range of subjects covered in the show. Everything from climate change, personal history, lightsaber battles and  dinosaur acoustics.  And of course zombies. Thanks to everyone who contributed to make this one of the most fun shows to record in a long time. If you didn't get your question answered feel free to yell at us by e-mailing [email protected] or going to and leaving a comment. See ya sooner than usual next week with the big 39. Since there was only one song that wasn't the theme song here are some of the cocktails we were drinking this week. Jamie's Champagne Cocktail… sort of: Champagne Chambord Two Raspberries Charlie's Quiz Cocktail: 1 shot espresso 3 ice cubes 1 shot Disaronno Amaretto</li
03/06/20101 hour 39 minutes 45 seconds
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Ep 37: Science... sort of - The High Ground

00:00:00 - You may not describe the Paleopals as rich, dark and smooth, but this week their drinks all were. That's something. Isn't it? It's not? Oh, moving on then. 00:04:51 - Birds like conventional wheat better than organic wheat according to a new study. The Paleopals dance around with this hot potato of a food issue. 00:20:36 - Ryan sounds like a jock during Trailer Trash Talk as he complains about the brainiacs who will out-research him once they finish high school in this week's trailer for the documentary Whiz Kids. 00:30:42 - Get down with Greenland, cause things are moving up. Wow, that made no sense at a
24/05/20101 hour 11 minutes 12 seconds
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Ep 36: Science... sort of - Seen from Space

00:00:00 – Ryan is the only one drinking alcohol this week. That's probably the sign of a dependency issue, but he'd argue the Paleoposse depend on great content and that he's just stepping up. 00:05:44 – There are holes in the Milky Way. Listener Angella Beshara is relying on the Paleopals to get to the bottom of it! Only Ryan stands in the way with his usual nonsensical sidebars. 00:15:41 – Beavers have been industrious up in the great wet north, but we have our eye on them… from space! Then Ben goes off on many tangents about Canadian history, because who would know if he didn't tell us? They certainly don't teach us about it in school. 00:30:11 – T-cubed this week is talking about the “documentary” Cropsey. What if the boogie man was real? Scary! What if he was from Staten Island? Well, none of us grew up there, so significantly less scary. And maybe fake. You decide! 00:44:29 – PaleoPOW is a doozy this week as the Paleopals celebrate a milestone, ans
17/05/20101 hour 7 minutes 12 seconds
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Ep 35: Science... sort of - Change Over Time

00:00:00 - The Paleopals go through the motions of introductions but they're tired because they were up late and they were up late because they were at the Calacademy Nightlife. Which was pretty cool and they'll tell you why. 00:08:36 - What happens when a species gets divorced? Does that mean they don't love us anymore? Patrick explains the delicate and debated topic of speciation; specifically some cute little lizards on islands. 00:26:20 - The trailer this week involves some irresponsible scientists with a tale as old as time as the Paleopals tackle Splice. The tale of creating a monster you can no longer control. The Paleopals get a little harsh on this B-movie plot that perpetrates the image of the irresponsible scientist. 00:36:13- Another tale from an old time is a dinosaur tale. And they may be back soon if the Canadians are allowed to have their way with Chicken DNA. Everything you just read is true. Moving on. 00:50:10 - PaleoPOW this week bring
10/05/20101 hour 4 minutes 42 seconds
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Ep 34: Science... sort of - Brain Freeze

00:00:00 - Yeah, yeah, yeah, Paleopals, drinking, some kind of theme. There's no guest this week, just the usual knuckleheads. It only takes a few minutes to get through, SCIENCE happens soon. 00:08:03 - After hearing that who on earth would feel inspired to become a scientist? Probably no one, but then again the Paleopals haven’t attained pop-culture icon status… yet. Someday in the future people will definitely say “I became a scientist because of Science… sort of!” Those will be grand days indeed. 00:21:55 - Asteroids are full of chemicals, some more interesting than others. Charlie tries to unboring up this story for the guys while Ryan complains about the media… again. Guys really got a hard on for reporters, must be some history there. Best not to ask and just move on to... 00:32:38 - Trailer Trash Talk (T^3) which this week is talking about another brainy guy with issues whi
03/05/20101 hour 15 minutes 58 seconds
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Ep 33: Science... sort of - Sex, Bugs, and Rock'n'Roll

00:00:00 - The Paleopals taste the full spectrum of beer with sweet, bitter and sour. Who had what? Why? How was it? All this and more will be answered! 00:06:11 - Next the Paleopals sit down and jaw with author Mary Roach. She's written all kinds of books you should have already bought and read but it's not too late! The books are Stiff, Spook, and Bonk. The interview should make the evocative titles clearer. Find more Mary Roach at her website 00:54:12 - Bonking can lead to babies, and babies can lead to documentaries, apparently. The Paleopals suffer cuteness overload as they Trailer Trash Talk the movie Babies. 01:07:30 - Fruit flies need love too, but their penises are covered in hooks, barbs, spikes, and TERROR!! Learn what happens when you give these dipterans a Brazilian. And it would be impossible for this topic to stay on the rails, so be prepared.<
27/04/20101 hour 31 minutes 56 seconds
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Ep 32: Science... sort of - Gets It Together

Gets It Together" originally referred to one thing, but should really be accredited to Ben Tippett, who kept this show on track by sheer force of Canadian will and charisma. He definitely leveled up with this one. 00:00:00 – Drinks and introductions. The intros technically came first, but the drinks dominate the show later on, so I figured they deserved higher billing. 00:06:07 – Guess who’s coming to Science… sort of?! It’s the return of the effervescent Sr. Nino. The esteemed gentleman of the climate explains why meteorologists aren’t to be trusted and how to save your family from global warming. Not to be missed. 00:26:29 – Saturn has a moon that looks like Pac-Man in infrared. Do you really need more than that to intrigue you? Also, Charlie is in his element and rocks some truly delicious science all up in your ears. 00:43:22 – Some things from Canada are good. Ben is one, Scott Pilgrim is the other. There’s a movie coming out (with a trailer fi
19/04/20101 hour 44 minutes 56 seconds
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Ep 31: Science... sort of - Beer Science

00:00:00 – Intros seem unusually succinct, what's going on? Don't you dare short-change us, Paleopals! Furthermore, how did I, an anonymous fan, wind up doing the show notes? The only way out now is to forge ahead… 00:03:56 – Oh, I get it. You have an interview with Charles Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Brewing Science at UC Davis. This guy sounds awesome, and it's literally beer science, just like the theme of the show! You guys are the greatest. 00:37:18 – And now Trailer Trash Talk, this one is about In My Sleep. Some kind of sleep-thriller? Yeah, cause nothing is more thrilling than sleep. FAIL! Moving on… More Stars Wars talk? I'm on board, let's just keep in sciencey. 00:58:36 – Sometimes a story just seems tailor-made for you guys, doesn't it? A captured Oriental Yeti is such a softball but as usual y'all do a better job handling this story than 99.99% of actual news media. Well maybe that isn't usual, but when it comes to Yetis the Pa
12/04/20101 hour 26 minutes
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Ep 30: Science... sort of - Another Day, Another Podcast

Coming up with real themes every week is hard. 00:00:00 - The Paleopals bring the excitement this week and we also have a recipe to share. Charlie's Tequila... sort of: In one tumbler glass put 3 ice cubes, 2 squeezed limes, 2 shots of tequila & a pour of soda water. Enjoy! 00:08:06 - If alcohol isn't your thing try a magnet to the brain for impaired judgment. Ryan explains why psychiatrists shouldn't write horror stories. 00:21:22 - If the Paleopals want to wear tights while recording that's a personal choice and frankly none of your business, but Trailer Trash Talk is everyone business and this week we're talking Robin Hood! 00:37:35 - Alligators don't breathe often but when they do they're kind of single-minded about it. Patrick will make that make sense. 00:51:55 - PalePOW brings in a ringer for some added expertise. Welcome to Tom Katers of the awesome podcast Tom vs. The Flash to talk science and comics!   Go
05/04/20101 hour 23 minutes 37 seconds
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Ep 29: Science... sort of - Stranger in a Strange Land

Short and sweet but still full of content... sot of. It's Episode 29: Stanger in a Strange Land!  00:00:00 - Soul-mates and Paleopals Patrick and Charlie almost share beers both ways. It's confusing, but they seem to get. Ryan drinks something better and has obscure reasons for doing so. We've all been here before, yes? Moving on. 00:03:45 - If you think people aren't paying attention to you, try moving 30 degrees one way or another cause you may be invisible. Patrick explains. It also seems hard to find lively discussion, for it too is invisible. 00:12:32 - However, nothing is more visible than a black child star in China. Trailer Trash Talk this week is talking montages and remakes all centered around the Karate Kid. Guilty pleasures abound. 00:25:44 - Charlie is on assignment, and he may have been the wrong choice to send but he's got gumption and we reward that. If only he could breathe as well underwater as he does on land. But he knows a
29/03/20101 hour 6 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep 28: Science... sort of - Fantasy Survival Guide

  Most of our listeners are human (we think) so chances are you'd be pretty useless in a fantasy realm. We brought in someone who agrees but is there hope? This week's theme is "Fantasy Survival Guide."   00:00:00 - Ben barely had time, and is under contractual obligation, to just have water. The other Paleopals enjoy more high pressured beverages...  00:02:48 - This week we chat with Matt Sturges, writer of books and comics. He's smart AND talented, so listen up! 00:41:06 - Psychopaths get pleasure at any cost (we would know) but why? Charlie presents a new study that may hold the answer. 00:50:37 - Controversial as always, but no one can deny that this week's Trailer Trash Talk Kicks Ass! 00:58:49 - When physicists see something they don't understand they call if "dark _____" and make the universe that much more complicated for the rest of us. Thanks, jerks. 01:22:43 - PaleoPAL brings the iTunes love this week from 2
22/03/20101 hour 32 minutes 1 second
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Ep 27: Science... sort of - Monsters Among Us

The Monsters Among Us -or- 3 Paleopals in Fine Form Indeed  00:00:00 - Who is who? In which a woman with credentials is presented and the thematic integrity of Ryan's beer is questioned. 00:04:28 - Jeff asks the tough questions, such as: How is a quaking Earth like a spinning figure skater? The answer may surprise you, but you'll have less time to figure it out than you might think. Not even factoring in daylight savings. 00:28:51 - Trailer Trash Talk boths defends and attacks Defendor. It ain't easy being a Superhero. 00:37:39 - Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, we find out there may have been dinosaurs in there too. And not the common misappropriation of aquatic reptiles as dinosaurs. This is the real deal, suckas! 00:48:11 - Ryan is the glue that holds it all together, so what happens if he gets left out? Charlie and Patrick discuss the movie "The Sasquatch Gang" while Ryan tries to keep up. 01:00:22 - Praise be t
14/03/20101 hour 20 minutes 17 seconds
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Ep 26: Science... sort of - Rambling Catharsis

More sort of than science this week, but still fun... sort of. 00:00:00 - The Canadian brings the Yeti! Justin drinks old beer and spews old nonsense to boot. Benjamin goes tropical in an unexpected way (at least to Old Man Yeakel). And Ryan quizzes the guys on mascots. 00:08:03 - Next some very overdue whining concerning the state of R2D2's aerodynamics. Turns out he's as hollow as the plot of the prequels. Bazinga! 00:36:33 - Ryan, being a shameless shill that he is, bring in Jon from the Nerd List for a brief plug and discussion of 2nd tier superheroics. Someone gets mocked. 00:44:17 - Trailer Trash Talk is full of Losers this week. It was a comic but you wouldn't guess it from all the action!! A woman is drooled over, both in and out of the trailer. 00:57:04 - Numbers can get big. We need words to help with all those zeros and s
09/03/20101 hour 26 minutes 9 seconds
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Ep 25: Science... sort of - Science Heavyeights

This week we're coming in strong and don't intend to let up with our powerhouse theme: Science Heavyweights 00:00:00 The Paleopals may be crunched for time and resources but the drinking part of the show is important and taken care of. However, for the first time EVER the Paleopals are all drinking the same thing! Tune in to find out what liquid earned the honor. 00:02:51 The titular Science Heavyweight this week is Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. We talk to him about scientific outreach, what makes science exciting, and of course booze. 00:32:21 The Paleopals needs to unwind after all the excitement of Dr. Tyson. They take a few minutes to reflect before moving on to... 00:35:16 Trailer Trash Talk!! It's your favorite, and if not it should be. It's a short one this week, but strong on content... sort of. 00:43:06 Ryan represses the giggles as Patrick tries to tell him about bent wood on the international space station. Charlie chimes in (Cause he knows a
01/03/20101 hour 13 minutes 47 seconds
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Ep 24: Science... sort of - Hilarity Ensues

This week's theme: Hilarity Ensues You never know what you're gonna get with Science... sort of and this week it's no exception. Somehow we lost segments and wound up with a longer than usual show, ain't it whacky!? 00:00:00 Apologies instead of intros, but you get enough info to keep listening. 00:01:36 We talk to science comedian Brian Malow. What more do you need to know? Isn't that enough? It's funny, I promise. 00:31:08 Trailer Trash Talk takes a trip... through time! The Paleopals ponder Hot Tub Time Machine. 00:42:26 Why do we laugh? Sounds philosophical but we try to tackle it from the psychological. Mallow provides most valuable insights. 01:04:02 Turns out a bee could pick your face out of a lineup. Is this an accident of evolution, or an intelligently designed plot to sting you on the nose?   Music this week provided by: The Final Countdown - Europe One More Time - Daft Punk Help, I'm Alive - Met
23/02/20101 hour 25 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep 23: Science... sort of - SHARK WEEK!!

15 February 2010 - We're sticking tight to a theme this week. CHANNEL your DISCOVERY of this week's show with episode 23 - SHARK WEEK!! 00:00:00 - The gang's all here plus one extra-Sharky, but never too snarky, Sora Kim! Beers are both thematic and provided. 00:05:47 - The Paleopals grill Sora on her underwater research. Patrick makes up species, Sora sets us all straight. 00:24:28 - It's insanity in the PaleoCave with this week's Trailer: The Crazies! Can you handle not-so-zombie zombies? 00:35:06 - Would you want to be headbutted by something called a shark but isn't a shark with something called genitalia but isn't actually genitalia? Yeah, us neither. But the science reporting is what it is, so that may be our fate. 00:47:48 - And you thought Great White Sharks were bad? How would you like to get chomped by a Megalodon? Chris from NJ asks the important questions. 01:05:06 - Then we bring it all home with a lengthy PaleoPOW segment. It's
15/02/20101 hour 36 minutes 18 seconds
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Ep 22: Science... sort of - Robot, all too Robot

00:00:00 – Ryan, Patrick, and Charlie are settling into their roles as the standard Paleopal permutation, recording once again in the same tower (err… empty classroom). NASA scientist Shawn Hart is our special guest this week and he complements the entire show. Ryan struggles with the drink... in a funny way not the 'affecting friends and family' sort of way. Patrick supports earthquake prone Eureka, CA with his brew selection. Charlie gets creeped out by his beer label. Shawn’s not much of a beer drinker but represents with a classic microbrew favorite. 00:06:36 – This week starts off science heavy with Shawn telling us all about the benevolent robot camera HiRISE. HiRISE, onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, circles Mars 300 km above the surface and takes pictures at submeter per pixel resolution. It makes one wonder what spy satellites can see on Earth. Find out why HiRISE is the people's camera and how you can choose where on Mars it should look next. 00:28:08
08/02/20101 hour 19 minutes 57 seconds
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Ep 21: Science... sort of - Red Devils

00:00:00 - The Paleopals are together again for the first time.  We explore the art of podcasting from the same time and space.  Also, we explore what we are drinking.  Finally, Ryan disappoints us… sort of! 00:03:42 - We kick off the science this week with a story of a stranded red (planet) rover.  The spirit has finally left the little robot in a pile of sand.  Spirit still works, she just doesn't get out as much as she used to.  00:13:30 - Trailer Trash Talk - This week we go down the rabbit hole to discuss the Disney/Tim Burton live-action Alice in Wonderland. Apparently, this is an extension of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.  Best we can tell Tim Burton just put the band back together.  Is that a good or a bad thing?  The Paleopals will set you straight. 00:21:56 - Dinosaurs were a colorful lot, at least according to this story.  Science finds evidence of coloration on dinosaur feathers.  Naturally, this news makes Ryan want
01/02/201051 minutes 30 seconds
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Ep 20: Science... sort of - Skepticism... sort of

Ep. 20 - Skepticism... sort of 00:00:00 - Just in case you don't remember who the Paleopals are they introduce themselves and introduce their drinks too! Patrick claims to have found a hard to find beer, Ryan has over-thought things again, Ben represents the non-alcoholics and Charlie's drink is a surprise! 00:05:28 - Dr. Steve Novella of the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe stops by for a chat. A long chat. But it's all golden as Steve walks the Paleopals down the short road between SCIENCE and skepticism. 00:54:13 - Terribly Happy is a movie not many will likely be able to see or even want to see but it ties in to a later segment of the show and it's all done in foreign talk. Has anyone even been to Dane-land? What's so Great about Danes anyway? Why would you name both a dog and a pastry after them? 01:03:00 - To be prepared for the future you'll need to know how to battle in space, the Paleopals break down the basics and help you decide what to watch to best give you the
25/01/20101 hour 55 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep 19: Science... sort of - Nuclear Giants and Ethical Infants

00:00:00 - Intro: Alcohol is a double-edged sword, but is that a redundant statement? Probably, unless you're in Japan. And our guest, Ryan Lipscomb, keeps up with beer talk, so you know he can be trusted. 00:08:54 What happens if you get shot in the gonads with a high dose of radiation? Should you listen to "Science... sort of" with you laptop on your lap? More serious questions, like the health of children, are also addressed. 00:23:10 More derailment as we find out what happens when you go through the scanners at the airport. Is it better to wear leather chaps or nothing at all? And the age-old question: Are spies more susceptible to radiation? 00:32:30 Darwin creates romance in the upcoming film "Creation." Provocative title, but will it be worth the hype? Look us up on and find out. Or just listen, that works too. 41:20 Planning a trip? Try Chernobyl: Now with 100% more radiotrophic fungus! In all the world this is the closest living thing to the I
18/01/20101 hour 1 minute 17 seconds
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Ep 18: Science... sort of - Comfortable Mammals

It's a bit late and it's a bit long but it's all Science... sort of! 00:00:00 Imbibing is part of the show. Charlie has a thing for numbers, Patrick needs a pick-me-up and Ryan over explains things. 00:07:00 Charlie wonders why sea lions follow him up and down the coast. The other Paleopals learn some shocking secrets about his past as a lawbreaker. And a wild theory turns out to have some merit. 00:25:54 Would Cujo have been as scary if you were suspended above the mean dog? The guys try to suss out survival by trailer trash-talking the movie Frozen! 00:40:40 Patrick talks to Dr. Blaine Schubert, he's literally titularly excellent! 01:05:55 Cows have feelings too (for now), but humans eat cows: that's a fact according to Charlie. Patrick may throw him a curve ball. And Ryan tries not to confuse the issue, but it'll probably happen anyway. 01:21:15 Listeners also feed… back! But we think listeners are sacred and therefore should never be eaten. Music this week prov
12/01/20101 hour 30 minutes 41 seconds
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Ep 17: Sceince... sort of - Lengthening Our Listeners

Welcome to the post-Solstice Science… sort of Special: All New for a New Decade… sort of. 00:00:00 – An unusual lineup leads to unusual drinks. Who are these people and just what are they drinking? Here’s a hint but tune in to find out! 00:03:35 – An interview with Dr. Bruce Haupt who lengthens bones for a living. Get your mind out of the gutter and pay attention to the science. 00:25:07 – Tools are fun. Octopi are fun. Why not put them together? A new video shows just that, but only the Paleopals can tell you what this means for humanity and our potentially threatened future. 00:39:38 – Sam Neil keeps screwing things up as the Paleopals discuss this week’s trailer: Daybreakers. Fortunately silly sounding scientists (our favorite!) and Willem Defoe (another favorite!) are there to save us (us being all of humanity). 00:47:00 – Feedback Frenzy! The Paleopals have fallen behind on their email and the iTunes reviews keep rolling. Hold on as they race you through the updates
04/01/20101 hour 9 minutes 26 seconds
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Ep 16: Science... sort of - Warm Light on a Winter's Day

Ep. 16: Science... sort of - Warm Light on a Winter's Day 00:00:00 - Your Paleopals bring the Heat this Winter's Solstice. Charlie and Ryan question the theoretical limits of the International Bitter Unit (I.B.U.) and discover a very 'science... sort of' I.P.A. (India Pale Ale), while Patrick, the ever-composed southern gentleman, calmly sips a Texan staple. 00:04:48 - We humans have been playing the global warming game so well, the Earth has decided to generously comp us a greenhouse gas bonus -- methane. Patrick takes us to the ocean depths where methane hydrates, a sherbet-like substance made of methane molecules trapped inside frozen water molecules resides. 00:21:50 - Trailer Trash Talks with Ryan nearly falling from the rarefied pedestal of comic geekhood. But with an impressive recovery his status shall not be questioned again. we discuss the disturbing iterative trend in the number of villains in superhero movie sequels -- Iron Man 2 plots right on the line unless you count
22/12/20091 hour 2 minutes 2 seconds
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Ep 15: Science... sort of - Fire and Ice

Ep 15: Science… sort of - Fire and Ice. The paleopals begin as they always begin, with chilled savory refreshments. Ryan and Patrick come up with a new meaning for an old label, while Justin samples from a vintage year for Trader Joes. 00:04:42 After discussing their iced beverages, Patrick delves into a study that explores a hotspot below our favorite island state. Justin ponders whether or not magma still glows if no one can see it. 00:26:51 Trailer Trash Talk opens with a discussion of 'The Book of Eli'. All wonder what the book could possibly be- maybe this is a marketing ploy from Amazon to sell Kindles? 00:26:51 Ryan returns to the deep to discuss life under the ice on Europa, a moon of Jupiter, with Richard Greenberg, Professor of Planetary Sciences at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona. 00:52:31 What would a Science… sort of Episode be like without a quick trip to our favorite continent Africa? Ryan leads the way on a journey through the strange world of
14/12/20091 hour 10 minutes 28 seconds
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Ep 14: Science... sort of - Below the Crust

From the ashes of episode 13 rises the phoenix of episode 14.  The Theme: Below the Crust. Be sure to check out each of the Paleopal's solstice shopping recommendations under their individual "About" pages at www.sciencesortof.comIntro: 00:00:00 One of the Paleopals is missing but, on the other hand, that means that 75% of them are here.  That's a passing grade.   It could be a lot worse.  Crocs… sort of: 00:02:55 Patrick is his usual crusty self in examining this feast of fossils.  Did these fossil crocs rule the world? Are they even crocs? Does duckcroc satisfy Kirk Cameron?Nitrogenous Isopterans: 00:21:35 We interview professor Kena Fox-Dobbs about her work suggesting that when in Africa, the termite is king of the nitrogen hill (or mound).  You might think that big organisms would hold the keys to moving nitrogen around the savannah, but you might be wrong. Trailer Trash Talk -  Clash of the Titans: 00:43:54 A remake of a 1980'
07/12/20091 hour 10 minutes 1 second
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Ep 13: Science... sort of - Digging Deep

Episode 13: Science... sort of - Digging Deep Links and more available at In which Patrick puns, Ryan runs (his mouth), Charlie contemplates and Justin bothers to show up. 00:00:00 The Paleopals begin with bickering and confusion. Who's there? What's being drunk? (drinked? drankened?) Who wants to get a word in edgewise? 00:05:31 Then they talk to the Acid Queen. She says something interesting, Ryan says something awkward in response. The usual. 00:30:22 Trail Trash Talk steps inside the Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus this week. It's a confusing place, and Gilliam's luck sends the show off the rails but can the guys recover and make sense of it enough to buy stock? 00:47:23 After a trip to the Imaginarium the guys'll want a stiff drink, but the one they're talking about requires a bit of effort. 00:59:15 Self-correcting listener feedback from Jameson, just like Science... sort of. Music provided by: Adventures in Solitude - The New Pornographers
01/12/20091 hour 7 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep 12: Science... sort of - Boldly Going

Welcome to episode 12! This week's theme is Boldly Going.  We are seeking out new (fake) life and (potential) new civilizations.  00:00:00 Intro and what-are-you-drinking? Justin has decided to pursue a career doing actual science and thus leaves us stranded for this episode.  So, we call upon Charlie again to bail us out.  00:03:57 Ecoterraforming Plot - How do we turn Mars into Earth?  Well, driving some Hummers around the Red Planet would be a start.  Charlie has a few other ideas but they all sound really hard.  Maybe we'll just hurl some nukes at Venus and see what happens.  Ryan contemplates the future leggy Martian race, once the planet is livable.  00:21:25 The Morae River - Category: Best Faux Naturalist Art;  and the Award goes to… Brynn Metheney.  Brynn tells us how she thought up the Morae River and her plans for  life after kicking her Velociraptor habit.  We learn about her artistic process and then pu
23/11/20091 hour 2 minutes 27 seconds
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Ep 11: Science... sort of - Releasing Your Inner Avatar

00:00:00 Intro and What are you Drinking: The Paleopals are drinking a wide variety of beverages this week and Africa sneaks back into the show (nearly unnoticed. 00:02:43 Oxytocin.  All your relationship problems might be solved with just a little extra oxytocin.  Or, you might just turn into a naked mole rat; it's too soon to tell.  The hormone might also explain why you can't seem to get along with your siblings during thanksgiving.  00:18:48 Trailer Trash Talk - Avatar.  The Paleopals have been holding this one back waiting for the perfect time to pass judgment on James Cameron's remake of Dances with Wolves (in space).  Turns out this is the week.  Lucky you.  We discuss floating minerals and CG romance, then we reach a conclusion.  But you'll have to listen to find out if we are long or short on this one.  C'mon we even have time stamps now. 00:29:48 Babies Cry with Accents.  Patrick records his recent offspring for our listening pleasure.  Hard to p
16/11/20091 hour 2 minutes 11 seconds
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Ep 10: Science... sort of - The End of the World

Welcome to the Decasode! Pulling out all the stops for the Paleopalophiles this week’s show notes include… time stamps! @ 00:00:27 – The intro! Has Patrick realized his fitness? Do the guys have a theme? Do they have drinks? All these questions will be answered. @ 00:09:23 – Topic #1: The audio equivalent of Hemmingway’s Snows of Kilimanjaro as the guys discus melting tropical glaciers, and the gumption they had daring to exist in the first place. @ 00:25:42 – This week on Trailer Trash Talk the guys take 2012 to task. Patrick again name drops the competition so here’s a link their site, cause we’re just that nice. The Paleopals even manage to include some Science… sort of (Hey! That’s the name of the show!) @ 00:38:36 – Topic #2: The universe shows the LHC a thing or two about how to accelerate a subatomic particle. Justin explains the science, Ryan drops some metaphors with SPORTZ. A science book is mentioned, and a non-science book is lamented. @ 00:51:22 – Ryan fe
09/11/20091 hour 6 minutes 26 seconds
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Ep 9: Science... sort of - SuperManEatingLions

In episode 9 the paleopals add Charlie to the mix again and then turn the mic on themselves, Justin specifically.  Justin had a paper come out in PNAS discussing the famous man-eating lions of Tsavo (of Ghosts in the Darkness fame).  He thinks that it was just one of the pair that was causing all of the trouble.  He also figured how many people they ate using only science.  Next the paleopals take a stab at The Box.  Is it a masterpiece of moral dilemma or another Richard Kelly debacle?  Would you push the button? Finally, the guys learn all about how Superman's various abilities are really just one physics defying power.  We start out discussing amongst ourselves, but Ryan has a surprise.  He brings in the big gun, Benjamin Tippet (AKA Lenny Lippet?), to infom us that unless you have a pocket full of kryptonite or a black hole at your disposal, you don't tug on Superman's cape (spitting in the wind is optional). 
03/11/20091 hour 7 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep 8: Science... sort of - Preserving the Stars

In Episode 8 of Science... sort of, Patrick Ryan and Justin sit back, relax, and eat some science... while drinking their favorite beverages. Patrick discusses a recent meeting on global species diversity, while Ryan and Justin can't decide what a species is in the first place. Then the trio discuss the trailer for the upcoming movie, Sherlock Holmes. Opinions of the trailer are varied, but all agree to buy stock in Rachel McAdams. Next, the Paleopals move on to the topic of parallel universes, and agree that productivity would be greatly increased if the idea were true. Finally, Ryan, Patrick, and Justin briefly discuss 'Starman' by James Robinson before playing Ryan's interview with Robinson recorded directly from the field, that is- in a bar.
26/10/200959 minutes 20 seconds
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Ep 7: Science... sort of - The Butterfly Effect

In this week’s installment of Science… sort of; The mysterious Sr. Nino makes an appearance, he teaches the guys and important lesson about jumping to meteorological conclusions but he also needs your help! Once you’ve listened to the show you can e-mail him, "seniornino" at "" and find out how you can get involved in SCIENCE! Next Patrick’s tell us about butterflies having sex with caterpillars, which seems like incest but is really bestiality. The lesson: you’re never too old to start a blog for your crackpot theories. Gentleman Broncos is up on the chopping block for this week’s Trailer Trash Talk. We learn a secret of Patrick’s past, a not so secret about Justin’s current, and Ryan hears Kiwis everywhere. Justin is excited about Ardi, a “new” hominid fossil from Africa. The guys disagree with the consensus in a few spots and go through some of the basics of evolutionary theory that confuse creationists and other laymen. Lucy’s grandma is full of surprises! Or
19/10/20091 hour 15 minutes 26 seconds
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Ep 6: Science... sort of - Space... sort of

Episode 6 of Science… sort of is probably the most sciencey episode so far.  We bring in an extra-terrestrial expert to talk about water on the moon.We contemplate the price of lunar bottled water and where to hide a space elevator from terrorists. Next we discuss NASA’s LCROSS mission, which is essentially launching a missile at the moon to see what happens. Ryan reminds us that there may be dinosaurs on the moon just waiting for cyborg paleontologists to discover them.We return to earth to discuss the upcoming Chinese epic, Red Cliff.  Patrick has a surprise up his sleeve and Justin and Ryan don’t care for it (I think they are just jealous).Are you going to die 3 billion years from now when our galaxy collides with another? Chances are you’ll be dead already but at least future humans will get to crown a galactic champion, or will they?
12/10/20091 hour 2 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep 5: Science... sort of - Avoiding Extinction

Science... sort of: Episode 5. Do pretty women actually make men loose their minds? Justin, Ryan, and Patrick explore a new study that suggests that this is indeed true. Next the paleopals continue to be lost in space as they discuss the trailer for the upcoming horror scifi flick "Pandorum". Then the Nile crocodile tries to avoid extinction in the Okavango Delta, as the trio analyze opportunities for artificial insemination. Finally, Justin plays the odd-man-out as Ryan and Patrick continue their love-affair with werewolves as they discuss the comic "The Astounding Wolfman".
05/10/20091 hour 8 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep 4: Science... sort of - 80's Nostalgia, Looking back on Simpler Times

In Episode 4 of Science. . . sort of: Read the full show notes with links The guys are all drinking beer of diverse qualities, you should join (if of legal age, Science… sort of and their creators take no responsibility for anything that may go wrong in the event of drunken Science). Next the Paleopals attempt to get put on the No Fly Lists for several countries including the United States, Mexico, Quebec, Texas and Canada by talking about EMP attacks on our outdated electricity grid. Then Ryan and Justin get excited for a remake of a movie Ryan’s never seen, Justin just watched, and Patrick never liked as they talk about the trailer for Tron: Legacy! Is your baby smarter than a dog? Probably not, but either way a wolf will never trust you according to Patrick’s story of the week. Finally, He-Man may be the Master of the Universe but Ryan is the Odd-Man-Out as Justin and Patrick discuss a seminal work of 80’s animation.
30/09/20091 hour 9 minutes 56 seconds
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Ep 3: Science... sort of - Going to the Dark Side

Tales of animals using sinister techniques to hunt down prey, alien human ancestors with multiple words for murder, boys being sent to bed without their supper, and matter (the dark kind).Read more in depth show notes and find relevant links at
25/09/20091 hour 18 minutes 3 seconds
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Ep 2: Science... sort of - Zombies Were People Too

Can werewolves be sexy? Should they even try? Zombies invade computational sciences, we milk Europe for all it’s worth, and a ‘critical’ look at Blacklight Power’s claim to harvest energy by pushing Hydrogen electrons below their ground state.Read more in depth show notes and find relevant links at
11/09/20091 hour 1 minute 16 seconds
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Ep 1: Science... sort of - Governing Animals

For full show notes with links visit During the inaugural (i.e. #1) episode of Science… sort of: The guys introduce themselves, as is appropriate, you probably don’t know who they are. Google Earth captures the Loch Ness Monster, it may or may not be disguised as a boat. There used to be really big scary reptiles back in the day, Patrick tells us more! Trailer Trash Talk kicks off with the trailer for The Men Who Stare at Goats, and we explain the mysterious workings of the Hollywood Stock Exchange. Hybridization is awesome, except for one terrible flaw, would you make the switch? Is Superman a plant? You decide! Disney buys Marvel and Ryan pontificates on the business side of Imagineering.
04/09/200957 minutes 28 seconds