Episode 152 – 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.

00:37:06 – Drinks are a lot like tails, they vary in length and strength. Jacob touts his “perfect” margarita. Charlie and Ryan take issue. Jacob loses. Charlie is ready for fall, thus forcing down a Sierra Nevada Tumbler Brown along with the appropriate autumn sountrack, whatever that means. And Ryan celebrates the Pacific Northwest, friendship, and a tasty brew with Eylsian’s The Immortal IPA.

00:43:26 – Trailer Trash Talk makes Jacob feel like he’s been pegged into a stereotype, much like the main character in the nostalgic upcoming CG-film Wreck-It Ralph.

00:56:00 – Someone finally had the good sense to ask if wind power was worth it. It is. And then some. The Paloepals discuss the current state of alternative energy and why this obvious answer was worth not one, but two, studies.

01:13:56 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like wind energy; there’s plenty of them, but are they worth your time? Ryan recounts the discovery of a botanical subspecies of the Brachiolope found by Thomas B-L. Charlie touts symbiosis with the Beta Nerd blog wherein Mike B. writes about discovering Robot and Frank via our infamous Trailer Trash Talk segment. And finally Jacob calls upon Ryan’s high-school level physics to help answer a question about speed from Steve B.


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Music for this week’s show provided by:

Long Time Coming – The Zutons

Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet

One Man Wrecking Machine – Guster

Black Wind Blowing -Wilco


Image Credit: CheezBurger

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3 Responses to Episode 152 – A Strong Tail Wind

  1. moe 27 September 2012 at 9:02 am #

    Hi guysn thanks for another great episode. Your discussion of wind power reminded me of another great podcast “omega tau” (be careful half of them are in german) he put out an interview a few episodes back. The idea this guy was talking about was using kites instead of turbines. Anyone who has flown a kite knows that the angle to the wind will determine how hard it pulls. Their idea was to use the hardest pull to generate enery, flew the kite to an easier angle and real it back in, repeat. This would reduce the “ugly turbine” it would allow for harvesting higher in the atmosphere, and would be relatively mobile and cheap. Cool interview, check it out.

  2. Josh 20 October 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    re: Speed and the universe

    I was under the impression that physicists were able to make at least a fairly good approximation from the frame of reference of the universe by looking at movement relative to the cosmic microwave background.


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