Episode 195 – Astronomy… sort of

Pictured: Jimmy Silvers00:00:00 – 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


Image credit: Wikipedia


Episode 194 – Hot and Sour

It's a type of soup, you guys.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 Soberana, which has nothing to do with sobreity nor frogs. Charlie enjoys some silky smooth Scotch and Abe keeps things thematic with a Hop Lava imperial IPA.

00:25:39 – Another ‘historical’ figure who liked to drink was Noah, and we discuss his upcoming eponymous movie, along with other aspects of his myth, in this week’s Trailer Trash Talk!

00:41:10 – A coral reef has been found thriving in an acidified section of ocean. Does this mean all that worry over climate change was for naught? NAY! The Paleopals are here to set the record straight and explain what this seeming conundrum actually says about our ever-changing globe.

00:51:19 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like acid, too much and they burn, but just enough and they give you a pleasant sourness. Charlie begins with an e-mail from Andrew H. about a new planet that shakes up some of the ways we thought planets formed. Ryan thanks Brandon W. for a donation. Thanks, Brandon! And Abe, whom you can now follow Twitter, reads an iTunes review from Whip Hubley.


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


Music for this week’s show:

Ten Feet Tall – The Devil Makes Three

Going To Scotland – The Mountain Goats

No Rain – Blind Melon

Dissolve – Guster


Image credit: Juice.ph


Episode 193 – O Canada

Their flag is actually made of leaves. Fact.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 here) and why Logan may be more amphibian than mammal. Want to learn more about Wolverine? Why not check out this graphic novel?

00:33:48 – James Howlett is known for excessive drinking, but the Paleopals try to promote responsibility. Ben has some Canadian water, because he’s the most responsible of us all.  Patrick snubs Canada with a Koko Brown Ale from Kona Brewing out of Hawaii, possibly the least Canadian state in the entire US. And Ryan has a cerveza Atlas, yet another in his series of Panamanian brews.

00:39:41 – Much as Ben may try to derail the conversation with proclamations of Canadian superiority, Patrick and Ryan see some hard truths (especially in light of some real enigmatic malware) in the preview for Goodbye World in this week’s Trailer Trash Talk!

00:55:25 – A group of Canadian scientists have worked very hard to create a system to send text messages via alcoholic mist because of… reasons. The Paleopals grope for a good explanation of this system’s utility, but absent even that can agree that the idea itself is quite neat.

01:05:06 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like mist-based text messages, no one is quite sure of their purpose but we’re pretty sure they matter on some level. Ben is cut off from answering an e-mail about Canadian libraries from Andie H. (though he did speak to the issue on the LASER podcast) and is forced to confront some harsh criticism from Steven S. Sorry, Steven, but Ben’s fans are legion, so he’ll have to stay. Patrick has an e-mail from Juliana F. about the difficulties of teaching math in a modern world. And Ryan has a lovely valentine and potential future donation from artist Sonya Andrews. Check out the valentine in the literally illustrious Brachiolope Gallery.


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


Music for this week’s show:

Old Man Logan – Adam WarRock (24 Hour Rap-A-Thon)

Canada – Five Iron Frenzy

Farewell, So Long, Goodbye – Jackie Greene

Test Transmission – Kasabian


Image credit: The Young and Hitched


Episode 192 – Life is a Highway

Heart of a champion, face of a tapir.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 father and enjoys some Evan Williams 10-Year Single Barrel bourbon. Abe classes it up with the authentic Orval Trappist Ale. And Ryan continues his tour of Panamanian beers with a refreshing Balboa.

00:25:02 – Patrick can’t quite understand the excitement Abe and Ryan have for LEGO: The Movie, possibly because as a parent he might have to watch it roughly 1,000,000 times, but that doesn’t prevent them from discussing it on this week’s Trailer Trash Talk!

00:35:51 – As if volcanoes weren’t already scary enough, now new research is suggesting that magma can move a lot faster than we thought. So, y’know, duck or run or something.

00:56:34 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like volcanoes, unpredictable and potentially catastrophic. Patrick announces a new recurring donation from Kristie G. Thanks, Kristie! Sinni B. e-mails in asking how to get their science mojo back, suggestions include some of the following: The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan (as well as watching the original Cosmos), the courses provided by Coursera, and the plethora of videos available on Ted-Ed. Sinni also wants to know our thoughts of Australia’s anti-science policies being implemented by their new prime minister. Ryan ends things with a wonderful iTunes review left by flotsamlee.


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


Music for this week’s show:

New Kid (On The Block) – Barenaked Ladies

Conquering Fools – OAR

Old Yellow Bricks – Arctic Monkeys

Highway to Hell – AC/DC


Image Credit: Animals Town


Episode 191 – The Spice Must Flow

Because the internet loves cats.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.

00:18:55 – The drinks too, must flow. Charlie has the very proprietary Rogue Chocolate Stout. Chad, clearly worried he won’t be invited back anytime soon, doubles down with a Jone’s Soda and a Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer. Ryan begins his local beer journal with the totally expected Cerveza Panama.

oo:24:55 – Trailer Trash Talk goes tactical (whatever that means) with the preview for the all-new but not really new at all remake of the 80′s ‘classic’ Robocop.

00:36:09 – Robots may not sweat, but people do. People also need drinking water. Well now some nerds have made a machine to turn human sweat into drinkable water. Refreshing, or just gross?

01:01:09 – PaleoPOWs are a lot drinking your own sweat; self-involved and perplexing to others. Charlie thanks Kris T. for a nice e-mail and hefty donation. Thanks, Kris! Ryan fields a correction about gender vs. sex from Episode 183 sent in by Liam T. (not from England). And Chad thankfully knows the answers to Liz C.’s questions of chirality and sugar substitutes. Be sure to bug Chad on Twitter and tell him about the chemical topics you want to hear on his podcast!

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

Music for this week’s show:

Dune Buggy – Presidents of the United States of America

Panama - Van Halen

I Am Not A Robot – Marina and the Diamonds

Don’t Drink the Water – Dave Matthews Band


Image Credit: Meme Cat


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