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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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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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Brilliant!

By BoilerUp75 - Jul 30 2019
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This podcast is fantastic. It encourages the listener to explore scientific topics and challenges them to learn exciting new concepts every day. Ryan is a great host bringing talented guests on the show, never a dull moment. Science education is more important than ever, this podcast nails it.

Science Is Fun

By Steel City Celtic - Apr 02 2019
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I love the personalities on the show, fun topics, good listening. Tons of back episodes. This is a great Podcast for sure!

iTunes Ratings

623 Ratings
Average Ratings
535
33
24
16
15

Brilliant!

By BoilerUp75 - Jul 30 2019
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This podcast is fantastic. It encourages the listener to explore scientific topics and challenges them to learn exciting new concepts every day. Ryan is a great host bringing talented guests on the show, never a dull moment. Science education is more important than ever, this podcast nails it.

Science Is Fun

By Steel City Celtic - Apr 02 2019
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I love the personalities on the show, fun topics, good listening. Tons of back episodes. This is a great Podcast for sure!
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Science... sort of

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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.

Rank #1: 312 - A ’Peake at Chessie

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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 Grampus Smoked Nut Brown Ale from Hellbender Brewing to celebrate a beloved amphibian.

00:42:50 - Kristina also has a new book coming out about the true story of French teenagers resisting the Nazi occupation titled Flowers in the Gutter, available for pre-order now!

00:51:31 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like livestreams; we’re not really sure how they work. This particular PaleoPOW was actually recorded during a Patreon livestream hangout where Ryan began by reading an e-mail from Tommy M. thanking us for his thesis, and then they brought in Patron Sam to help answer a question from RJ about how to decide what science to study when they go back to school.

More cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on our Patreon!

Jul 25 2019
1 hour 30 mins
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Rank #2: 286 - Three Wolf Moon

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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 what this study sought to test in a pretty clever way. Either way, they're good dogs, Brent.

00:41:41 - Ryan finally gets to take a drink and decides to crack open a half growler gifted to him from former guest of the show Jen Gallagher containing the Halleck Pale Ale from Chestnut Brew Works in WV. Ben mixes it up with some sort of clam miso beverage (soup?). Go home, Ben, you're... not drunk? Abe brings us back to center with a more believable Squatch Ale.

00:56:43 - Europa is a Jovian moon that probably has an ocean. If that ocean has life, that life will need food. That food may show up via some ice tectonics as proposed and modeled by a new paper. Somehow the sport of squash gets involved. Listen to find out why.

01:24:05 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like potentially lifeless oceans; they're both rife with possibility! Abe begins with a thesis for recurring Patron Sam L. We happen to know Sam likes spicy food, so his thesis is: Modeling capsaicin-induced lycanthropy in the McMurdo dry valleys of Antarctica: a test case for Europan werewolves. Thanks, Sam! Next up, Chelsea B. gets the supreme pleasure of telling Ryan he was wrong about something from episode 265 concerning rabbit digestion. Ryan realizes he has a lot to learn about foregut versus hindgut digestion and reads up a bit to try to set the record straight. Finally, Ben presents a 5-star iTunes review from Kyle that gives Ryan a chance to gloat, so things are almost immediately back to normal. *sigh*

More cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on Patreon!

Music for this week's show: The Underdog - Spoon Sample In A Jar - Phish The Ocean (Moon Version) - The Bravery

Jul 14 2018
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #3: Ep 149: Science... sort of - Keeping It Fake

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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.

00:39:37 - Drinks can make you feel things that a fake, best just to bottle it up. Kelly joins the show just in time to ruin Ryan's surprise by drinking a gifted Yazoo Hefeweizen. Ryan has a long story involving multi-state travel to eventually wind up with a Aviator Brewing Company's Devils Tramping Ground Tripel (bought from the excellent Peabody's Wine & Beer Merchants in Boone, NC) out of a Terrapin Brewing Company glass given to him by Kelly. Was that sentence totally necessary? Yes. Yes, it was. Finally, Patrick continues to enjoy the beers offered by Heavy Seas, even the oft-maligned style exemplified by the Peg Leg Imperial Stout.

00:47:29 - Trailer Trash Talk promises many things, but one thing it never promises is answers, much unlike the protagonist of the totally not based on Scientology movie The Master.

01:00:18 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like being tickled, they're both unexpected and met with mixed results. Patrick has a voicemail from Julian asking about the evolutionary benefits of being ticklish. The Paleopals discuss rat laughter, why you can't tickle yourself, and the two modes of tickling whose individual terms ought to be recognized. Kelly has a glowing new iTunes review from cephyn, which we always appreciate. And Ryan has an e-mail from Ori asking us to change the way we name our files. Patrick explains why 3 long years ago we chose to do it another way. 

Discuss this episode and other podcasts from the Brachiolope Media Network on our forum!

Music for this week's show provided by:

Faker - Miike Snow

Friendship - Tenacious D

Master and Slave - Cherry Poppin' Daddies

Sep 10 2012
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #4: 272 - The End Of Small Things

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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 LIGO

00:31:12 - Drinks also contain neutrons, which collide with the neutrons in our mouths. Matt begins with some Oktoberfest style homebrew from a buddy of his. Ben is very excited by a flan-flavored drink from Japan. Good for Ben. Ryan has a sour barrel-aged cider called Hawk Knob, named after the highest point in WV.

00:39:31 - Now for some bad news, a new study has shown that pikas, a cute lagomorph related to bunnies, are locally extinct around Lake Tahoe, which probably spells doom for the rest of the species. We explain why and just generally lament the state of things. 

00:58:34 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like local extinctions, part of you wishes they'd just get it over with. First, we power through Ben's connectivity issues to get Patron Richard H. a thesis title as thanks for supporting the show. His title is Neutron Star Collisions Increase Gold, Ultimately Decrease Pikas (Ochotona princeps): The Sad Story Of Alpine Pikas In A Warming Climate: The Thesis. Thanks, Richard! Next up, Matt has an e-mail from Xander O. about how small changes, like 1 degree of temperature, can have really big effects around the globe. Ryan ends things with a voicemail from Josh from VA, who has kind words for us all, so that's nice. Don't forget to check out the other shows in the network, The Titanium Physicists and In Defense Of Plants, and you can check out Ryan talking about five minutes of John Carpenter's The Thing beginning with minute 41 on The Thing Minute.

Cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on Patreon!

Music for this week's show: Collide - Corey Smith Waiting for October - Polaris Pokémon Theme Song - The Original Gameboy Game

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Nov 16 2017
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #5: 280 - Chatting with Chirpers

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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 Thai basil soda from Portland that doesn't sound all that great, but Ryan really enjoys his Two Claw Rye IPA which, of course, leads to a discussion about crabbing. 

00:59:27 - For the second part of our chat with Miya, we discuss her recently published paper about how noisy equipment in the grasslands of Canada changes how birds are able to talk to each other, and what conservation implications this might have for the future. Important stuff! You can follow along with Miya on Twitter @miya_warrington

01:15:19 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like diesel-powered oil pumps, they don't inherently seem to make sense. First up is a thesis for Patreon supporter Alex K., which Ben absolutely nails on the first try with Descalate the alarms: A silencing method for counter-measuring early rising chirpers. Great job, Ben and congrats Alex on your BSso degree! Next, Ben and Ryan discuss an e-mail from Harper with a link to an article about a guy trying to predict the origin of life using entropy, which is a fun thing for a physicist and a paleontologist to discuss.

More cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on Patreon!

Music for this week's show: Bird Problems - Limbeck Crabbuckit - K-OS Bird On The Wire - Leonard Cohen

Apr 23 2018
2 hours 3 mins
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Rank #6: 279 - On the Move for Science

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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 (@jdyeakel) and check out his lab's website here. And if you want to read more about big ideas in ecology, check out James Brown's seminal book Macroecology.

00:44:56 - Saying goodbye to Justin is so upsetting we need a drink. But first, Justin (safely off the road) sends us a quick audio update with a drink of his own, the Go West! IPA from Anchor Brewing Company. Next up, Patrick runs with the big dogs and enjoys a 9% collaboration Brown IPA from Heavy Seas and Stone, but Ryan one-ups him per usual with a 10% Higher Ground from Franklin's. You can't win, Patrick, he has the high ground.

00:52:12 - For our second segment, Ryan chats with Dr. Eloise Marais from the University of Birmingham about her idea to use the GPS in a smartphone to dynamically track a person's exposure to air pollution. The first attempt had some interesting hiccups but shows promise. You can read the abstract from her AGU talk here, and check out Eloise's lab website here.

01:25:22 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like air pollution; you can't avoid it no matter how far you run. First up, we are thrilled to have Jeff C. on board as a patron, and he lets us know a little about his story with geology, including some unfortunate discrimination. Sorry to hear about that, but glad you found a better place still in STEM. Jeff also get's a thesis, which in this case is: Hothouse techniques to develop ideal allometric size-constrained pollution resistant Coffea arabica beans: Hothouses for cold beans. Thanks again, Jeff! Next, Cliff E. wanted us to know about the Mammal March Madness based on an NPR article he read, spearheaded by Prof. Katie Hinde and an all-around swell idea! Patrick's geochemistry students are getting ready to produce some podcasts, you can listen to the last class' episodes on Soundcloud here. And Ryan is giving a talk at the Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers in Roanoke, VA as part of the Science Museum of Western Virginia's STEM Tavern series on April 11th, so come on by if you're in the area!

More cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on Patreon!

Music for this week's show: One Call Away - Charlie Puth Higher - Creed No Particular Place To Go - Chuck Berry

Mar 31 2018
1 hour 49 mins
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Rank #7: 283 - Definitely Maybe

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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 hitting asteroids with HAMMERs because if they're coming for us, we better be ready. Joe tells us about the current state of our asteroid defense (HINT: not great) as well as some things we could do to beef up our meager defenses against an assured eventual threat.

00:26:19 - Nothing like existential terror to make on want a drink. Joe keeps it soft but bilingual with a Johnnie Ryan's Black Cherry Soda, and like most cherry sodas, he enjoys it. Abe blinds himself and finds out that he's enjoying a Stone Xocoveza, a hard one to guess even in the best of circumstances. And Ryan is having a Black Flag Mambo Sauce, which fortunately does not taste like actual mambo sauce because that would be weird.

00:33:56 - Predicting when volcanoes will go off is hard, we've covered that much before. But a new technique is aiming to make it just a little bit easier. Abe discusses the new idea, how it could help, and some of the continued hurdles that come up when trying to understand what's happening under our feet. 

00:58:17 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like asteroid impacts, you know they're coming and they may hurt. First up, Patreon supporter Rich B. has completed his coursework and written a thesis titled: Love taps: Using bulk impactors to induce hammer shock for mapping crustal magma pathways in active volcanic edifices. Thanks, Rich! Next, Frank has sent in a story about old beer. Ryan has an update, and he and Abe disagree about whether this is a beer worth sampling. Finally, Joe has a voicemail from Jonathan in Illinois about the future of internal combustion engines. Joe is a big supporter of electric, and suggests you find out how your own vehicle stacks up here: How Clean is Your Electric Vehicle? You can call in and give us your results at 312-PALEOPALS (312-725-2672).

More cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on Patreon!

Music of this week's show: No Hammer To Hold - The Milk Carton Kids Cherry Cola - Eagles of Death Metal  Warning - Green Day

May 31 2018
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #8: Ep 72: Science... sort of - Leaving a Deposit

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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 werewolf movie. Patrick cannot resist them; it is his own distinct curse. As such, the guys are talking Red Riding Hood; an updated Twilight-esque take on the centuries old fairy tale of debated initial gruesomeness.

00:26:59 – Borneo is a wealth of weird biological stuff we’re just now figuring out. This week the Paleopals present a tale of a new mutualism wherein bats and pitcher plants finally get along after fighting over insects for generations. The cost of a cozy new vegetal apartment? Nothing more than the gift of a nitrogenous guano deposit.

00:39:57 – PaleoPOW is where we give the love back. No exceptions this week.

  • Patrick has follicle follow-up with special thanks to former guests Kelly Weinersmith (Weinersmith.com), Zach Weiner (SMBC) and Ryan North(Dinosaur Comics) for helping him gather the hair of the masses.
  • Charlie learns that Brachio-morphs come in all shapes and sizes when a conversation Danielle has prompts the discovery of a Brachiobou now on exclusive display at the Brachiolope Gallery.
  • Ryan has an iTunes review written by mycleverinternetnickname literally from on high, an Alaskan mountain-top to be precise. Beer in hand with Science… sort of in the ear is just what we like to read!

Thanks for listening! Be sure to scope out the Paleocave Blog for weekly updates of science goodness!

Music for this week's show:

Music is my hot hot sex – C.S.S.

Ryan singing a song he made up (Not available on Amazon, sorry)

Rip it up! (c. 1919) – BB Wolf & the Howlers [From the official album of the book BB Wolf & the 3 LP's, read Ryan's review at the Paleocave Blog!]

Bats in the Belfry - Dispatch

Feb 07 2011
55 mins
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Rank #9: Ep 153: Science... sort of - The Armadillo at the End of the Universe

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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 Unibroue Grande Réserve 17, because somebody has to represent the beers of the great white north. Ben enjoys the 'soft' version of the piña colada as made by SoBe. And Kelly calls back to the previously enjoyed Leinenkugel Summer shandy, that she enjoys while also calling back to the #SciFund Challenge which is about to start Round 3!

00:30:57 - Kelly is also super stoked for the upcoming found footage horror movie The Bay, which involves the evolution of isopod causing them to parasitize humans instead of cute fishies. THE HORROR!

00:42:22 - Ben talks about how physicists claim that they can build a clock lasting longer than the universe. Ryan and Kelly are skeptical because it involves crystals, which are notoriously pseudoscientific  But Ben deftly explains the pros and the cons.

01:01:39 - PaleoPOWs are lot like clocks, they can be hard to interpret. Kelly has an e-mail from Miles T. asking for our help promoting Ada Lovelace Day supporting women in science, technology, engineering and math(s). Which Ryan is all for as soon as Ben explains to him who Ada Lovelace was. Ben wants everyone to know about this year's Podcast Awards, as well as the new and exciting Stitcher Awards! Please consider nominating us today! And finally Ryan reads an iTunes review from Tom, who gave us 5-stars in response to Ryan attempting to trade reviews for new shows.

The Ada Lovelace E-Mail: See show notes for this episode here.

Discuss this episode and other podcasts from the Brachiolope Media Network on our forum!

Music for this week's show provided by:

Killing in the Name - Rage Against the Machine

Alcohol - Barenaked Ladies

(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding

Rock Around The Clock Tonight - Bill Haley & His Comets

Oct 11 2012
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #10: Ep 167: Science... sort of - It's Okay To Be Sort Of Smart

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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.

00:21:56 - Drinks are thought to help with the being smart. They may be wrong but we don't want to risk it so we have some. Joe is enjoying a manhattan with Basil Haydens and Hella Bitters. Jacob feels like he's finally outdone Ryan with his Roxie's Finest Imperial Cream Ale from The Bold City Brewery. Ryan counters with the Caynon Cream Ale from Crow Creak Brewing, there may be nothing imperial about it but it was a gift from listener Daniel E. Thanks, Daniel! Patrick expecting a crazy night pulls out a Mad Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company.

00:28:49 - Trailer Trash Talk heads to the suburbs to explore the 'mysteries' of 'alien' 'abductions' in the preview for Dark Skies.

00:46:59 - Joe Hanson sticks around for more science chat, particularly his experience at Science Online 13, which of course sends of the down the rabbit hole of yet more chat about the joys of communicating science.

01:10:26 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like being smart, under appreciated and in need of reassurance. Patrick kicks it off with a donation from Terrence R. with a nice little message accompanying it. Thanks, Terrence! Jacob updates us on the Russian language thanks to an e-mail from Moe S. Also, join our Steam Group. Games are fun! Ryan, yet again, jumped the gun with his beer earlier in the show, so thanks again, Daniel!

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

Music for this week's show provided by:

That's Okay - The Hush Sound

Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound - Hank Williams Jr.

Bad Dreams - Lyrics Born

Disorganized Fun - Ronald Jenkees

Mar 14 2013
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #11: Ep 28: Science... sort of - Fantasy Survival Guide

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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 countries. Bonus feature: Hilbilly vocabular lessons for Canadians!

Music this week provided by:

Danger of the Water - The Futureheads

Sick Muse - Metric (from the ablum "Fantasies", get it?)

Evil - Interpol

Kick Some Ass - Stroke 9

Parallel Universe - Red Hot chili Peppers

See more fun stuff at www.sciencesortof.com

Mar 22 2010
1 hour 32 mins
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Rank #12: 268 - Mole Caliente

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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 since volcanoes are also hot and deadly? Ryan risks injury and sickness by drinking some homemade fermented pineapple drink known as tepache. Click here to watch a video on how to make it yourself. You'll need some jars, lids, and stones too. Abe surprises Ryan with some Mezcal Matra in his continuing quest to try every type of distilled agave beverage that Mexico has to offer. Smooth and smokey.

00:50:52 - And now, an update on our show's mascot, the always weird but always interesting naked mole rat! A new study has shown that naked mole rats don't mind if you take away their oxygen. That's usually a deal breaker for most animals, but naked mole rats just switch to metabolizing fructose like a plant. When will the weirdness end? Probably never.

01:11:14 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like volcanos, they can go off without warning and you could end up in an Italian prison. Ryan goes first to thank Tom S. from the peak of good living for his recurring donation through Paypal. Thanks, Tom! Joe's up next with a thesis title for Patron Gretchen L. It takes some doing, but the boys figured it out: Implementation of Autonomous Subterranean Vehicles for Sonar Mapping of Naked Mole Rat (Heterocephalus glaber) Colonies in the Volcanic Soils of Ol Doinyo Lengai. Finally, Abe is excited about a new 5-star iTunes review from RachaelRidiculous, which is always a treat. To hear Ryan try to be serious, you can listen to his audio essay from the Out There podcast, The Reluctant Outdoorsman.

Cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on Patreon!

Music for this week's show: Steamboat - The Weeks Death Valley Queen - Flogging Molly Every Breath You Take - The Police

Aug 15 2017
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #13: 298 - The Whale Identity

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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 some other things to check out which you can find here:

You can follow Nick and his future adventures online via Twitter (@PyensonLab) and Instagram (@pyensonlab)

01:12:59 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like new year celebrations, noisy but with a sense of finality. This week we thank Ian C. for his time as a recurring donor to the show. Thanks, Ian! Here’s to another year of science with all you lovely people.

More cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on our Patreon!

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Jan 02 2019
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #14: Ep 38: Science... sort of - The Quiz Show

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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 paleopals@sciencesortof.com or going to http://www.sciencesortof.com/ 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

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Question (Outro) – Sweatshop Union

Jun 03 2010
1 hour 39 mins
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Rank #15: Ep 196: Science... sort of - From the Deep

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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 this handy volume.

00:18:43 - If books containing world records are any indication, disputes are best settled over a pint, which we fortunately have a segment for just that. Charlie kicks things off with a High West Double Rye, much to the envy of Ryan who still manages to enjoy a mojito made with Panamanian rum. Abe, amidst all our other nonsense, does his best to sing the praises of his southern hemisphere Moa Five Hop IPA.

00:27:13 - However, we're hard-pressed to sing the praises of the new found-footage sci-fi horror film "based on the real fake phenomena" of the Brown Mountain Lights in Alien Abduction on this week's Trailer Trash Talk! (Also, here's what a camera falling out of a plane actually looks like. Enjoy.)

00:38:22 - Speaking of abductions. Imagine you were just tooling around, doing your thing, when all of the sudden you were snatched, transported to some foreign lab, had 1/3 of your blood drained, then were dropped back in your house. That'd be weird, right? Well that's exactly what happens to horseshoe crabs every year, all in the name of science.

00:51:41 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like alien abductions; you never see them coming, and nobody really believes they're real anyways. Charlie begins things with two new supremely negative iTunes reviews suggesting that we are both way to 'snug" and should eat more meat-filled pop tarts. Hopefully the Paleoposse will soon correct this negative shift. Ryan rebounds with a plethora of donations, e-mails, and a series of tweets (regardingour. motto.) from our newest superfan Morgan M. Thanks, Moran, we're literally overwhelmed! Abe finishes things with a question from Eric M. about science and the media. A topic oft covered but not yet by Abe, so apt for this episode! In particular, Eric wants to know how the Nobels might be made as cool as the Oscars, and we're afraid we might have to present some bad news on that front. (Also, yes, Ryan was wrong about Einstein's nobel prize, save yourself the typing.) Finally, in our clunky yet approrpriate Amazon segment, Charlie suggests a depressing book called The Bet or an awesome turntable called Pro-Ject. Be sure to check out Ryan on some recent episodes of Star Wars Minute and Deconstructing Comics!

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

Music for this week's show:

Such Great Heights - The Postal Service

Rye Whiskey - Tex Ritter

My Carolina Home - Fred Kirby

Addicted to Blood - The Woody Pines

Apr 24 2014
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #16: 311 - Eat, Scan, Love

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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 Far North Spirit. And Patrick eschews the mixers for some wallet-friendly blended Scotch whisky.

00:44:38 - 3D scans are all the rage these days, but for paleontologists, they present a bit of a conundrum. When you scan a fossil, who owns the scan? The spread, or lack thereof, of this new kind of data, and what the future holds for the field is discussed.

01:06:42 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like scanned fossils; everyone is willing to fight over them. Patrick begins by giving an overdue thanks to recurring PayPal donor Richard P. Thanks, Richard! Creepy Jeff has been catching up via the SoundCloud archive and has a perplexing martian question for Charlie. And Ryan fields a voicemail from Sean about how to sign up to be a part of this whole Patreon thing.

Jul 18 2019
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #17: Ep 195: Science... sort of - Astronomy... sort of

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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.

00:31:07 - It takes more than a minute to work our way through the Marvel cinematic universe (which you can go and watch through our Amazon portal) but we eventually get to chatting about the trailer for their latest release Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

00:45:08 - Part 2 of Ryan's interview with Jimmy Silvers focuses more on the future of his show, including some 'awesome' suggestions from Ryan about potential topics. If you haven't checked out this new addition to the network, wait no longer!

01:05:36 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like stiff upper lips, they're a stereotype and often conceal something deadly. Ryan begins with a much appreciated donation from our old friend John P. Thanks, John! Abe follows that with an e-mail Nathan W., who works in a terrifying crisis response center, above brain fatigue in episode 176 and how to cope with stress. Kelly finishes up with an e-mail from Andrew S., who thanks us for helping him through a dark place in his life, and congratulates the Weinersmiths on their upcoming babby. Even though Kelly and Abe don't get the meme, the sentiments are much appreciated.

BONUS! - Our outtake this week features actual science because Kelly couldn't help herself! Read more about the fishies right here.

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

Music for this week's show:

Strange News From Another Star - Blur

Let It Snow! - Dean Martin

Winter - Joshua Radin

In The Stars - Icona Pop

Apr 11 2014
1 hour 28 mins
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Rank #18: 253 - Exploration Big and Small

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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 Tums but manages to sneak in a plug for The Expanse series of books. Joe confuses everyone with his Fungal Fruit Soda. And Ryan has a beer called Bomb! because of integrity or something.  

00:41:50 - This summer 183 miles of the Yellowstone River because an animal related to jellyfish evolved into a parasite millions of years ago. Kelly is amazed by this and explains why it's cool. And a final book recommendation for the episode: I Contain Multitudes by (future guest of the show?) Ed Yong

00:55:54 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like future guests of the show, both are riddled with uncertainty. Things begin a bit somber with the death of Sharon Gray, a botanist killed while doing research in Ethiopia. The reasons surrounding her death are heartbreaking, but a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help young women succeed in science in her memory. As a complete about face, Joe thanks Angie RK for her recent iTunes review and Kelly thanks Simon L. for throwing some cash our way. Finally, Ryan expounds upon Colin from San Diego's theory about yawning and ends up doing a fair bit of research on the topic. Strap in.

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

Music for this week's show: Planetary (GO!) [Lags Gallows Remix] - My Chemical Romance We Are Sex Bob-Omb (Fast) - Beck and Nigel Godrich I Told You I Was Freaky - Flight of the Conchords

Oct 20 2016
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #19: Ep 25: Science... sort of - Science Heavyeights

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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 about this space stuff) and finally they design some projects of their own involving reality TV and chimps.

00:54:18 Double-wide PaleoPOW this week to make up for last week's absence. Ryan is on top of it but the other dud es can barely remember a week ago (probably their rampant alcholism or the fact that they have real jobs, wives, lives, ect.) but they manage to pull it together enough to get the job done. Voicemail too, it really is a doozy this week.

This week's show was sponsored by Color Storm! for the iPhone & iTouch.

Music this week provided by:

Whiskey & Wine - Matt Costa

Wonderboy - Tenacious D

Another Girl Another Planet - blink-182

Wave on Wave - Pat Green

Bent - Matchbox Twenty

Mar 01 2010
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #20: Ep 154: Science... sort of - Whether Or Not We Should

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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 isotopic composition. Because he's a jerk. Ryan is having a hard cider with the addition of a bitters infused sugar cube. Jacob is intrigued, but is himself having a Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, leading to vociferous lamentations of autumnal beers.

00:35:00 - If you survived a plane crash would you care if the pilot happened to be drunk? What if him being drunk was the reason the plane landed at all? These questions and more are explored in Trailer Trash Talk via the preview for the upcoming film Flight.

00:48:30 - Neal Stephenson wrote about the future of the internet in the year 2000. Now he's lamenting the supposed technological stagnation the internet itself has cost. His solution? Build a 20km space tower! The guys talk about the feasibility of such an idea, whether or not it would have the desired effect, and the interplay between innovation and imagination.

01:09:30 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like space towers, neither are actually in space. Patrick begins with a Facebook photo from Aussie fan Rikka P. who wanted to show us his 6 year old son explaining titanoboa to a wizened old paleontologist all thanks to our interview with Jason Head in Ep. 135. It's an adorable photo, be sure to check it out. Ryan has an e-mail from Barbara in Rochester, MN thanking us for touching back on the early days of the show in our celebratory 150th episode. And lastly Jacob addresses Matthew D.'s Facebook post concerning innovation in electric cars. Instead of charging each time, why not just switch out the batteries? Science! That's why. Jacob explains.

Discuss this episode and other podcasts from the Brachiolope Media Network on our forum!

Music for this week's show provided by:

Blood - Abandoned Pools

Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve

Fly (Feat. Super Cat) - Sugar Ray

All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

Oct 24 2012
1 hour 26 mins
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