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Episode 225 – Industrious Growth

I suspect it will keep growing indefinitely with zero bubbles bursting.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.

00:28:19 – Because they’re recording in person Ryan brought along a growler of Salty Dog Oatmeal IPA from the Coal Creek Tap in Laramie, WY. Brewing and bitters are discussed. Rob’s friend makes bitters, and Ryan got a book about them one time.

00:34:43 – The second half of the show we get back into the science of shoot architecture, which again, sound complicated, but is pretty cool once we get into it. We also find out what Rob’s favorite plant is, and you’ll have to listen to hear it for yourself!

01:15:14 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like plants, they keep growing and require the occasional pruning. Only one this week, since Ryan is flying solo. Fortunately he’s able to double down thanks to TWO donations from Bob M. Thanks, Bob! Bob also donated some knowledge in the form of a comment about isotopes and stability in response to episode 218.


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


Music for this week’s show:

(Listen To The) Flower PeopleSpinal Tap

Do What You Want, Be What You Are – Hall and Oates

Daydreamin’ – Lupe Fiasco feat. Jill Scott


Image credit: RISHABH BPO


Episode 224 – Live at SCIENCE CLUB in Washington, DC

The event actually did occur in black and white, we're not quite sure how though...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 with setting up a private lab for anyone to come use. BIOHACKING! DIY SCIENCE! CHEESE!

Kelly’s drinking something… red. Patrick is having an Exile Red Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company. And Ryan nerds out over his Apex Predator from Off Color Brewing, “a third-trophic level beer” which amuses him but nearly starts a fight with Kelly.

Our guest was Michelle Thaller, the Assistant Director for Science Communication at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and occasional contributor to Transistor, a science podcast from PRX. We talk a lot about Hubble’s birthday, communicating science, and the “two-body problem” of being in a relationship with another scientist when you’d both like good jobs.

Thanks again to both our guests, to Steve at Science Club for hosting, to Jamie for doing the intro and outro live, and of course to all you lovely folks who attended.

Special thanks to Mason from Blue Room Productions for handling all the audio hardware, and Tim Dobbs for the edits.

Image Credit: Jamie Wheatley


Episode 223 – V for eVolution

00:00:How have they not remade the Mighty Ducks yet?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.

00:13:21 – Lots of people like to have a drink when they fly, hopefully not the pilot though. Patrick has a Morning Glory Espresso Stout from Dominion. Joe enjoys some Stephen’s dark chocolate hot cocoa, how fancy! Finally, Ryan has a sampler pack from Bayern Brewing, he lets Patrick and Joe chose and winds up with a Dragon’s Breath.

00:19:14 – It turns out no matter how hard you try you can’t educate people into believing in evolution, which is kind of a bummer but maybe that’s because most people don’t care about the debate in the first place. Maybe someday people will not care but also generally agree with the scientific consensus. And before you send the e-mail, we know not all Christians are Creationists, we point it out pretty much every time.

00:46:19 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like education, most people think we should invest more in them but no one is really willing to put in the money to do it. Speaking of money, Joe’s PaleoPOW is a donation from Pedro P. Thanks Pedro! Patrick has an e-mail from Adam R. following up on our discussion of the peer-review system discussion from episode 200. Adam’s got some pretty good ideas. Speaking of good ideas: fireworks. Kyle M. sends us some photos of some paleo-themed fireworks, with an offer to set them off on video for our viewing pleasure at his earliest convenience.

Also: bigfoot update!

Special thanks this week to Daniel at podcasttech.com for help with audio production and editing!

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


Music for this week’s show:

Where Do My Bluebirds Fly – The Tallest Man On Earth

Geek Stink Breath – Green Day

Never Learn – Devil Makes Three


Image credit: Wikipedia


Episode 222 – Methane, not even once

DO A BARREL ROLL!!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 survive on it? Stop worrying and have a beer instead. Charlie has a seasonal Irish red from Boundary Bay Brewing, which leads to a rant about hops. Joe, who has had an IPA once before, but instead grabbed a “weird” Sangria Senorial, which does not have alcohol despite the name. Ryan consoles himself with an aged Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Bros.

00:34:00 – Did you know the moon Titan has seas made of farts? Well it does. The question then becomes, how do you get a submarine to function in liquid methane? NASA has some ideas, and the Paleopals expound with some of their own.

00:56:51 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like submarines on other planets, you’re not sure if they’ll work and you won’t know until it’s too late to do anything about it. Nicole D. definitely thinks its working out because she setup a new recurring donation to support the show. Thanks, Nicole! Another Nicole has a question from a “coworker” about whether or not you could freeze a human so fast that they shatter. Charlie does some math and the answer may surprise you! Finally, RJ from Topeka wants to know if we think robots are actually alive. Again, the answer may surprise you! Also, listen to our interview with Daniel H. Wilson and then watch The Imitation Game.


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


Music for this week’s show:

The New Pollution – Beck

Tomorrow Comes A Day Too Soon – Flogging Molly

Big Black Submarine – Tommy Cox


UPDATE: Seems like the integrated player is not cooperating, you can download the episode directly here.


Image Credit: Starfox 64


Special Edition 13 – Jurassic World

What is dead may never die.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 Jurassic Park franchise! Just kidding, nothing could be much worse than III. Ryan punishes himself by drinking a bad beer that at least has an accurate representation of a dinosaur on it. And then we begin by discussing the few things we did enjoy about the flick, but this quickly dissolves into pointing out the things not liked so much. Whether you liked the movie or not, we hope you enjoy our discussion and let us know what you thought in the comments!


Image Credit: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument


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