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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

 

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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

 

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Episode 204 – Parasite Preserves

That's right, take one bite out of me and we'll turn your whole family into pies!00:00: 00 – People love to focus on gigantic and impressive fossils, but tiny fossils of tiny parasites can also teach us a lot about our history of living with those critters that would take advantage of us. We begin the show with some  Schistosomiasis eggs found around the stomach region of a fossil human from Mesopotamia. Next up is a tick in amber with something that looks a whole lot like the bacteria for lyme disease inside of it, which you can vaccinate your dog for but not yourself.

00:26:40 – While blood may be appetizing for a tick, we humans prefer other sorts of beverages. Kelly is not yet off the  wagon, due to her status as a mammalian mother, so she enjoys a decaf latte with a cookie. A special cookie, but not the kind of special you might be thinking. This cookie is going to support a pretty great cause. Namely Project Sedna, helping to fund the exploration of our fast melting arctic via encouraging both native peoples and young women to take an active role in documenting ice loss. Ben has an Ice Capp from Tim Hortons. It’s a thing up there, don’t ask too many questions. Ryan explains a new favorite style of his, the Berliner Weisse, which he enjoys in the form of a Hopfentea from Perennial Artisan Ales.

00:26:40 – While they may munch on us from time to time, how often do we get back at parasites by eating them? Carl Zimmer collects some examples of our culinary relationship with parasites, including a favorite dish of former U.S. President George Washington. Have you ever eaten a parasite? Tell us about it in the comments!

00:57:51 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like parasites. They have a complex life cycle and can be quite draining over time. Just kidding, they’re always a boost! Kelly presents a donation from Jesse O. Thanks for keeping the show going, Jesse! Ryan reads an e-mail from Joel S. in response to the weird ABV labeling of Panamanian beers in comparison to China and other exotic lands with strange labeling practices. And Ben finishes us off with a tweet from Arvind about whether or not U.S. scientists prefer the metric system or silly imperial units?

 

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

 

Music for this week’s show:

Tick of Time – The Kooks

Java Jive – The Ink Spots

Eat It – Weird Al Yankovic

 

Image Credit: Louisa Chu

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Episode 203 – Condor or Condon’t

A face only a mother could love. Except that's not its mom, it's a puppet.00:00:00 – This week is dedicated to an interview Ryan did with PhD student Zeka Kuspa, who studies environmental toxicology as it affects California condor restoration. The first part of the interview covers the basics of California condors, their conservation history, and the problems they face due to lead poisoning.

00:39:01 – It take us a little bit but we do finally get to the drinks. Zeka, per her policy of only drinking beers with animals on the label, is enjoying a Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing. Ryan, thinking that raptors often have those cool little hoods on, has the Blindfold Black IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

00:43:17 – The second part of our interview focuses a bit about their project called Condor Watch which is part of Zooniverse and helps researchers get the public involved in analyzing the data from California condor camera traps. You, yes you, can sign up today to be a part of helping keep California’s burgeoning condor population healthy and growing strong!

00:47:15 -PaleoPOWs are a lot like vultures, they scavenge the really tasty bits, and tend to live in groups. In the except that proves the rule, only one PaleoPOW this week in the form of a recurring donation from Francis D. Thanks for supporting the show, Francis!

 

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

 

Music for this week’s show:

My Turtledove – Zeka Kuspa (definitely the first and probably only time a guest will provide the song for their interview)

 

Image Credit: Wikipedia

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Episode 202 – Sausage-shaped But Lumpy

What did the city of Bristol do to deserve this?00:00:00 – Dr. John Pohl MD joins Kelly and Ryan to talk about his work as a pediatric gastroenterologist. Ever think that kids and adults have the same sort of digestive problems? Well you were wrong! John explains some of the key differences, but he’s much nicer than my exclamation point would suggest.

00:30:00 – Having drunk with Ryan before, John is no stranger to our drinking segment. He’s keeping it local with a Belgian-style white ale with orange peel from Wasatch Brewery. Ryan, in honor of John’s home state, has a FULL STRENGTH (it’s a big deal in Utah) Black Imperial IPA from Moab Brewery. Kelly has water. Kelly is responsible. Let us all be more like Kelly in the future. Stay hydrated, kids!

00:37:07 – Next John tells us about his research about how your pancreas could try to kill you. Sounds important. And he helped put together a book on his field of pediatric gastroenterology. Sounds prestigious. We end with John telling us a bit about how he came to be both a man of science and a man of faith. Sounds deep. Be sure to follow John on both Twitter and Tumblr!

01:09:42 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like pancreases; few people are sure why they’re there, and hopefully they never turn against you. Kelly has a donation from Jeff M., who wants us to buy a 6-pack of beer. We usually don’t use donations for booze, but if you insist… Thanks, Jeff! Ryan reads an e-mail from Heather E., who listens to all the Bracula (her plural for Brachiolope, which we kind of love) on Stitcher and loves them but her husband thinks it’s weird when Ryan and Ben talk for an hour about penises. Different strokes, I suppose.

 

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

 

Music for this week’s show:

Young Folks – Peter Bjorn and John

Moab – Conor Oberst

We’re All In This Together – Old Crow Medicine Show

 

Image credit: Wikipedia

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