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Episode 201 – Pontificating Upon Paleo Pigments

A no prize for whomever identifies the molecule!00:00:00 - For our first segment we head back to Panama so Ryan can chat with fellow paleontologist Caitlin Colleary about her Masters’ work looking into the coloration of fossils. They share a ‘cervezarita’ made with the national beer of Colombia, Aguila.

01:01:02 – Back up north, everyone is still drinking. Ben takes point to talk about his pennywort juice drink, whereas Ryan goes crazy with a Reineart Wild Ale.

01:08:04 – While it shouldn’t be a controversial topic, there are still a lot of issues facing women in science. Having established that Caitlin is both a woman and a scientist, she and Ryan chat about some of the challenges facing her gender. Ryan also reveals a second secret beer, a Bavaria Dark he brought back from Costa Rica!

01:47:46 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like gender politics, the ultimate goal is to treat everyone equally. Ryan is thankful for a new recurring donation from Denise C. Victor C. (no relation) sets up a recurring donation too as well as coming to the aid of the recently maligned Ben Tippett. Thanks Denise and Victor!


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


Music for this week’s show:

Colorblind – Counting Crows

Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf

The Power of Equality – Red Hot Chili Peppers


Image Credit: Science in the Kitchen


Episode 200 – The Big Two-Hundo

That's the new brachiolope. He's so hot right now.00:00:00 – Since we spend so much time promoting everyone else’s work, we decided to be a bit selfish and spend the first segment talking about our own science.

  • Charlie has a paper coming out in Nature Climate Change about moving forward into a low-carbon, sustainable energy future. No big deal.
  • Patrick has 2 papers (show off) to talk about. The first is about how to not mess up your samples by using bleach. And the second is about paleodiet using everyone’s favorite atoms: the stable isotopes!
  • Ryan has a paper in Journal of Mammalogy of teeth of sloths, armadillos, and cats. Listen in to find out how that’s all actually connected.

00:39:55 – Since it’s a special occasion, the Paleopals decide to have a drink. Ryan’s beer embodies an aspect of each of them: Odell’s Fernet Aged Porter. Patrick goes back to the beginning with a Guinness. And Charlie, recovering from jaw surgery, revels in the palatable bitterness of a Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point.

00:47:36 – The preview doesn’t give away much, but that doesn’t mean that the guys don’t have plenty to say about the upcoming sci-fi thriller Coherence. We also announce the partial retirement of Trailer Trash Talk. You had a good run, segment, and you’ve earned a break.

00:58:29 – Now we’ve talked about our own science, we take some time to talk about the state of science in general. Topics include: women in science, problems with peer review and open access, social networks and science, and trends within science outreach.

01:31:32 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like anniversaries. They happen regularly and we always remember them. Patrick begins with an oh so generous donation from Cameron L. Thanks, Cameron! Ryan has a new batch of Supramystic Saga cards from Jonathan Horn of Blue Dot Prints! These cards are available to anyone who’s ever been a recurring donor, but to get them you have to answer the following trivia question: do you want these cards? Please send your answer to paleopals@sciencesortof.com to see if you’ve gotten it right! Finally, Charlie has a question from Matt J. about the energetics of zombie metabolisms. Charlie somehow turns this into an existential crisis. And we end the show thanking, in particular, Thomas Queen, who designed our brand new logo! We love it and hope you do too.


Thank you to everyone who showed us love on Facebook and Twitter to celebrate this milestone. We hope you’ll stick around with us and all the other Brachiolope Media Network shows for another 200 weeks of science… sort of!


Music for this week’s show:

Salute Your Solution – The Raconteurs

Drinkin’ Again – Corey Smith

Party At The End of The Universe – SonicPicnic (from the game Awesomenauts)

Forward Motion – Relient K


Image Credit: Our new logo!


Episode 199 – Swinging Over A Canal

The same backwards as it is forwards.00:00:00 - Patrick interviews someone by the name of Ryan Haupt who has been doing paleontology along the Panama Canal. How does that work? Listen and find out!

00:21:44 - The Panama Canal transports goods around the world, allowing us to purchase all manner of things, such as drinks! Abe is drinking some homebrew that he thought would be well served with the name Bill & Bob’s Boiled Basil Belgian Beer. Ben is having yet another ginger ale, this time with Godzilla on it. And Ryan is also drinking homebrew with the much simpler name of Regular & Rich.

00:36:48 – Trailer Trash Talk has a hard time staying on topic when it comes to The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Especially since our own Dr. Tippett has some science to drop whne it comes to web-slinging speeds.

00:57:25 - In the second part of  Canal Talk, Patrick and Ryan discuss what paleontology in the tropics is like, as well as some of the engineering history that went into making the canal work in the first place. For more on the history, check out this book.

01:24:58 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like canals, they’re a lot of work to make but ultimately lead us all to a better place. Ben tries mightily amidst distraction to thank Craig C. (of Canada) for his donation to the show. Thanks, Craig! Abe has an e-mail from Les I. who takes issue with the hard rock vs. soft rock rivalry in geology. And Ryan has his knowledge of the derogatory term “creeker,” in reference to episode 182, expanded in an e-mail from Allie W.


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


Music for this week’s show:

Diggin’ – Billarabi

La Bière – Jacques Brel

Swing, swing – The All-American Rejects

Dig Deeper – The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker


Image Credit: Ryan Haupt


Special Edition 12 – Augie and the Green Knig

I was promised a green knight not a green horse!Ryan sits down with Zach Weinersmith to discuss his new kids book up now on Kickstarter called Augie and the Green Knight, which features a smart and daring female protagonist. The conversation predictably rambles to include mentions of the following:

Most importantly, support women in science, support a book trying to drive forward that agenda, and support yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back. It’s been a long week, you’ve earned it.

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

Image credit: Zach Weinersmith’s Kickstarter that you should totally support unless you listened to this years later in which case just go buy the book already.


Episode 196 – From the Deep

Gotta gotta get up to get down.00:00:00 - This week we tackle one of the (literally) biggest debates of the solar system: which planet has the largest mountain? For awhile, Mars seemed the clear winner, but new research suggests Earth might still have a horse in this race. Tune in to find out what Charlie and Abe think of this new discovery, and read up on volcanoes in general with this handy volume.

00:18:43 - If books containing world records are any indication, disputes are best settled over a pint, which we fortunately have a segment for just that. Charlie kicks things off with a High West Double Rye, much to the envy of Ryan who still manages to enjoy a mojito made with Panamanian rum. Abe, amidst all our other nonsense, does his best to sing the praises of his southern hemisphere Moa Five Hop IPA.

00:27:13 – However, we’re hard-pressed to sing the praises of the new found-footage sci-fi horror film “based on the real fake phenomena” of the Brown Mountain Lights in Alien Abduction on this week’s Trailer Trash Talk! (Also, here’s what a camera falling out of a plane actually looks like. Enjoy.)

00:38:22 - Speaking of abductions. Imagine you were just tooling around, doing your thing, when all of the sudden you were snatched, transported to some foreign lab, had 1/3 of your blood drained, then were dropped back in your house. That’d be weird, right? Well that’s exactly what happens to horseshoe crabs every year, all in the name of science.

00:51:41 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like alien abductions; you never see them coming, and nobody really believes they’re real anyways. Charlie begins things with two new supremely negative iTunes reviews suggesting that we are both way to ‘snug” and should eat more meat-filled pop tarts. Hopefully the Paleoposse will soon correct this negative shift. Ryan rebounds with a plethora of donations, e-mails, and a series of tweets (regarding. our. motto.) from our newest superfan Morgan M. Thanks, Moran, we’re literally overwhelmed! Abe finishes things with a question from Eric M. about science and the media. A topic oft covered but not yet by Abe, so apt for this episode! In particular, Eric wants to know how the Nobels might be made as cool as the Oscars, and we’re afraid we might have to present some bad news on that front. (Also, yes, Ryan was wrong about Einstein’s nobel prize, save yourself the typing.) Finally, in our clunky yet approrpriate Amazon segment, Charlie suggests a depressing book called The Bet or an awesome turntable called Pro-Ject. Be sure to check out Ryan on some recent episodes of Star Wars Minute and Deconstructing Comics!


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


Music for this week’s show:

Such Great Heights - The Postal Service

Rye Whiskey – Tex Ritter

My Carolina Home – Fred Kirby

Addicted to Blood – The Woody Pines


Image Credit: Horrible Night


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