Episode 209 – Yeast from a Beast

Our guests getting their swab on.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 all accounts a good beer.

00:21:14 – Speaking of beers, we’re all having some. Jasper is having an Elder Wright, appropriately made by the aforementioned Lost Rhino. Jason was having a vodka tonic, but all our beer talk forced him to switch to an cellared Bone Dusters. Patrick is fighting a sore throat with the help of a hot toddy. And Ryan tries to keep everything thematic with a Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.

00:29:25 – The second segment is all about what Jason and Jasper do when they’re not busy brewing. Jason helps run PaleoQuest, a non-profit organization dedicated to espousing the value of geology and paleontology to the general public. Jasper runs JasperYeast, a company dedicated to providing brewers with really good yeast, which is also very important, as far as we’re concerned.

00:54:17 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like collaboration beers: they both take multiple parties working together to complete, and everyone hopes they turn out at least OK. Patrick starts things off by thanking a former recurring donor Leonard A. Leonard gave us some cash each month for a bit, but for whatever reason had to quit. No hard feelings, Leonard; we appreciate the support while you were able to do so, and that holds true for everyone else who gave for awhile but then had to stop. Thanks everyone! And especially Leonard! Ryan presents a most impressive offering from none other than Kevin Kelly, who was kind enough to mention us in his latest book Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities which is really awesome and we’re honored to be included. The book has other stuff besides us, so it’s definitely worth checking out. Finally, this week’s game giveaway is Deadlight, an awesome zombie platformer set in 1980’s Seattle. If you’re a donor e-mail in to get the Steam code!

 

This week’s episode was brought to you by Downcast, a podcasting app for people who are fed up with terrible ones. Not only are they sponsoring the show, but they gave us some promo codes to give away! If you want the app, e-mail us and say so; you’ll be happy you did! Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!

 

Music for this week’s show:

Bag of Bones – Pokey Lafarge

Lost in You – Sugarcult

My Bones Are Gonna Rise Again – Pine Hill Haints
Image credit: John Nance

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Episode 208 – Camping on a Diamond Sea

Sure, something like that.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 from Prost Brewing Company. And Ryan gets weird with a Tangerine Dreamsicle collaboration beer from Terrapin Beer Company and Green Flash Brewing Company.

00:31:40 – Jacob hasn’t been on the show much lately, so Abe and Ryan demand some answers. Turns out he’s been teaching children science as part of Club Scientific. I guess teaching the next generation is an OK excuse…

00:59:49 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like summer camp, you develop very strong bonds and then don’t talk for a year. Ryan presents a new recurring donation from Bonnie D. Thanks, Bonnie! Jacob ponders an e-mail on mosquito control techniques inspired by Episode 154 from Mark G. And finally Abe has a new 5-star iTunes review from a user whose name I’d rather not type. Sorry, guy, but thanks for the kind words!

 

Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts, and be sure to come to our live show in San Francisco as part of the Bay Area Science Festival’s Nerd Nite Block Party next week on Oct 24th!

The video game giveaway this week is Bioshock 2! First donor to e-mail us and ask for it gets a free Steam copy, enjoy!

 

Music for this week’s show:

Diamonds Are Forever – Shirley Bassey

Sweet Tangerine – The Hush Sound

Kids – Childish Gambino (from the album Camp)

 

Image Credit: Searching for the Light

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Episode 207 – Drop Bears of South America

LOOK OUT! ... sort of00:00:00 – Dr. Robert McAfee joins Ryan to discuss all things sloths! 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?

00:29:29 – No good sloth discussion happens without beer. Robert enjoys his Easter Bunny Vs Unicorn wheat wine as it warms. Ryan, failing to find anything from Ohio, settles for a There Went the Neighborhood by Black Bottle Brewery.

00:36:11 – Robert has found that when people find out he studies sloths, the typically ask about Sid the Sloth from the Ice Age movie series. A discussion of the first two movies, with particular emphasis on xenarthran representation, ensues.

01:14:24 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like ice ages, they come on ya fast, and they leave ya fast. (The accuracy of the previous statement has not been verified in any way.) Only one this week, but it’s a goodie from Maria Q. all about SLOTHS from her homeland of Costa Rica. She sent some amazing photos and pronunciation corrections for Ryan which he admits to purposefully ignoring because… muppets. Finally, be sure to check out Robert’s website, Sloth Search, dedicated to all the sloth research out there he can manage to catalog.

 

Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts, and be sure to come to our live show in San Francisco as part of the Bay Area Science Festival’s Nerd Nite Block Party next week on Oct 24th!

 

Music for this week’s show:

Sloths – SNL Digital Short

Warm Beer and Cold Women – Tom Waits

Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root

 

Image credit: Futurama

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Episode 206 – Keeping the Rica in Costa

This is Costa Rica's national bird. No joke here, just always thought it was a surprising choice on their part.00:00:00 – Ryan is joined 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 a Alphadelic IPA by Hop Valley Brewing Company. Ryan also has a beer hailing from Oregon, a Class of ’88 Belgian Style Ale from Deschutes Brewery et al.

00:26:05 – Next up we cover this new technique of applied nucleation, where you plant small patches of trees instead of trying to replant the whole forest. Fewer trees but better results? Talk about a win-win! If you want to know more about the project, you can read about it here and if you’d like to donate directly, you can do so here!

00:55:38 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like forest restoration, we’re not quite sure how its done but we’re really hoping it works out. Since Ryan is flying is solo this week there’s only one entry to be had, but it’s a good one. Clifford E. has started a recurring donation, which is hugely awesome for us and for you because it makes the show that much better, so thanks, Cliff! We’re also excited to announce that we’ll performing a live show in San Francisco as part of the 2014 Bay Area Science Festival in conjunction with the Nerd Nite Block Party. Check the link for details and please stop by if you can! Last up, we’re trying to give some games away to donors, if you would like the really cool Indie puzzle game The Bridge and have ever donated to the show, e-mail Ryan for your free copy!

 

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

 

Music for this week’s show:

Prettiest Tree on the Mountain – Ben Sollee

The Oregon Trail – Burt Ives

Four New Trees - The Mountain Goats

 

Image credit: Villa Decary

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Episode 205 – Chemical Free Sasquatch

Fun fact: the word for salmon is the same in both bear and 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.

00:13:25 – Drinks often contain carbon, but does drinking them catalyze fixation? I have no idea. Ryan guesses that Patrick is having a Sweetwater 420 based on one clue. It’s a very sad waste of talen. Chad enjoys a Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper, but we can’t tell if it has 24 flavors or just one. And Ryan succumds to a Hellhound On My Ale lemon beer from Dogfish Head so he has an excuse to sing some blues at the crossroads.

00:19:25 – Several new studies have lead to the startling conclusion that sasquatches may actually be bears. The first uses DNA, as if that means anything. And the second uses maps, but they’re fancy maps, so maybe they’re on to something. We also learn that Chad runs @ChemFreeBear on Twitter, dedicated to clawing woo in the face. Ryan demands to know what everyone’s favorite bear is. Patrick talks about the evolutionary history of Pokemon.

00:36:39 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like sasquatch, lots of people believe in them but you’re just not sure. Patrick starts us off with a new recurring donation from Dan C. Thanks, Dan! Chad has an e-mail from Tyler V. about the connection between real ants and Ender’s Game. A brief discussion of the movie ensues. Ryan has another donation, but this time with a story about a bus ride with a creationist from Deanna M. Thanks and good luck with public transportation in the future, Deanna! Ryan also announces that he’s giving away a copy of the game Bioshock on Steam (where we have a group) to any donor that wants it! Just send him an e-mail. First come, first serve.

 

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

 

Music for this week’s show:

Changes – Seu Jorge

Drunken Hearted Man – Robert Johnson

I Wanna Be A Bear – Descendents

 

Image credit: teejayscool

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