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Episode 194 – Hot and Sour

It's a type of soup, you guys.00:00:00 – Whether they formed via troll warfare or via geology, all we know now is that Iceland is covered in lava tubes. A possible explanation for their enigmatic origin is tonight’s first topic!

00:18:47 – We presume that trolls like to drink, so in some ways this segment is for them. But it’s also for you, the listener. And us. Definitely for us. Ryan continues his tour of Panamanian beers with a Soberana, which has nothing to do with sobreity nor frogs. Charlie enjoys some silky smooth Scotch and Abe keeps things thematic with a Hop Lava imperial IPA.

00:25:39 – Another ‘historical’ figure who liked to drink was Noah, and we discuss his upcoming eponymous movie, along with other aspects of his myth, in this week’s Trailer Trash Talk!

00:41:10 – A coral reef has been found thriving in an acidified section of ocean. Does this mean all that worry over climate change was for naught? NAY! The Paleopals are here to set the record straight and explain what this seeming conundrum actually says about our ever-changing globe.

00:51:19 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like acid, too much and they burn, but just enough and they give you a pleasant sourness. Charlie begins with an e-mail from Andrew H. about a new planet that shakes up some of the ways we thought planets formed. Ryan thanks Brandon W. for a donation. Thanks, Brandon! And Abe, whom you can now follow Twitter, reads an iTunes review from Whip Hubley.


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


Music for this week’s show:

Ten Feet Tall – The Devil Makes Three

Going To Scotland – The Mountain Goats

No Rain – Blind Melon

Dissolve – Guster


Image credit: Juice.ph


Episode 192 – Life is a Highway

Heart of a champion, face of a tapir.00:00:00 – Contrary to what cryptozoologists would have you believe, scientists don’t often find new large species, which is what makes this new tapir so very exciting! But does this discovery help or hinder bigfoot’s chances of existing? Listen in and find out…

00:16:35 – We may not have built-in face-straws, but that doesn’t mean the Paleopals can’t enjoy a drink! Patrick learns a lesson from his father and enjoys some Evan Williams 10-Year Single Barrel bourbon. Abe classes it up with the authentic Orval Trappist Ale. And Ryan continues his tour of Panamanian beers with a refreshing Balboa.

00:25:02 – Patrick can’t quite understand the excitement Abe and Ryan have for LEGO: The Movie, possibly because as a parent he might have to watch it roughly 1,000,000 times, but that doesn’t prevent them from discussing it on this week’s Trailer Trash Talk!

00:35:51 – As if volcanoes weren’t already scary enough, now new research is suggesting that magma can move a lot faster than we thought. So, y’know, duck or run or something.

00:56:34 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like volcanoes, unpredictable and potentially catastrophic. Patrick announces a new recurring donation from Kristie G. Thanks, Kristie! Sinni B. e-mails in asking how to get their science mojo back, suggestions include some of the following: The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan (as well as watching the original Cosmos), the courses provided by Coursera, and the plethora of videos available on Ted-Ed. Sinni also wants to know our thoughts of Australia’s anti-science policies being implemented by their new prime minister. Ryan ends things with a wonderful iTunes review left by flotsamlee.


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


Music for this week’s show:

New Kid (On The Block) – Barenaked Ladies

Conquering Fools – OAR

Old Yellow Bricks – Arctic Monkeys

Highway to Hell – AC/DC


Image Credit: Animals Town


Episode 191 – The Spice Must Flow

Because the internet loves cats.00:00:00 – Charlie and Ryan are joined by Chad Jones, the host of the newest show in the Brachiolope Media Network, The Collapsed Wavefunction! Our first topic is about modifying the surface of the planet to run experiments about sand dune formations. It’s possibly the most excited Charlie has been on the mic in a long time. Plus, Chad informs us about hydrophobic sand, which sounds dangerously fun.

00:18:55 – The drinks too, must flow. Charlie has the very proprietary Rogue Chocolate Stout. Chad, clearly worried he won’t be invited back anytime soon, doubles down with a Jone’s Soda and a Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer. Ryan begins his local beer journal with the totally expected Cerveza Panama.

oo:24:55 – Trailer Trash Talk goes tactical (whatever that means) with the preview for the all-new but not really new at all remake of the 80′s ‘classic’ Robocop.

00:36:09 – Robots may not sweat, but people do. People also need drinking water. Well now some nerds have made a machine to turn human sweat into drinkable water. Refreshing, or just gross?

01:01:09 – PaleoPOWs are a lot drinking your own sweat; self-involved and perplexing to others. Charlie thanks Kris T. for a nice e-mail and hefty donation. Thanks, Kris! Ryan fields a correction about gender vs. sex from Episode 183 sent in by Liam T. (not from England). And Chad thankfully knows the answers to Liz C.’s questions of chirality and sugar substitutes. Be sure to bug Chad on Twitter and tell him about the chemical topics you want to hear on his podcast!

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

Music for this week’s show:

Dune Buggy – Presidents of the United States of America

Panama - Van Halen

I Am Not A Robot – Marina and the Diamonds

Don’t Drink the Water – Dave Matthews Band


Image Credit: Meme Cat


Episode 190 – A Clean Getaway

Keep looking guys, there must be some sticks in here somewhere...00:00:00 – Don’t look now, but crocodiles have learned to hide themselves using sticks. You see that stick over to your left? Looks like it’d be great for a nest, right? Well that’s actually a crocodile. You almost got eaten just now. We saved you. You’re welcome. Keep listening.

00:13:50 – We can’t promise that drinks will keep you safe from sneaky croc attacks, but if you’re going to get eaten you might as well enjoy yourself until then, eh? Patrick enjoys a Fireside Chat that he’s disappointed to learn has already been consumed by Ryan. Ben forgot his drink. Ryan kills the last of some old bourbon paired with an Ale8One in preparation for heading to Panama.

00:22:15 – Speaking of Ryan’s last days in the United States, the preview for this week’s Trailer Trash Talk purports to show the titular The Last Days On Mars, which don’t seem to be going that well if space zombies are any indication. This reminds Ryan of his friend’s blog, and Patrick of an old game. Good times.

00:33:11 – To escape space zombies, it could be necessary to leave the galaxy altogether, but what would such a journey require? Ben schools us all on the speeds necessary to escape the Milky Way itself.

00:47:07 – As far as the Paleopals are concerned, PaleoPOWs pull as hard as the galactic core. Ryan starts with a new recurring donation from Rebecca C. Thanks, Rebecca! Patrick has a longer missive from Tamsen P. about Alaskan fossils, naming new species, and flyers posted around UCSC. Ben ends with an awesome note from Angie W. about her nonverbal autistic daughter Sarah, who has the good taste to enjoy our silly little podcast.


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


Music for this week’s show:

Somewhere to Hide – Matt Nathanson

Too Little Too Late – Bare Naked Ladies

Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine

Great Escape - Moby


Image credit: OKNation


Episode 189 – Giving Thanks IV, This Time It’s Personal

The math may not be quite right here...As is tradition around these parts, we like to dedicate one show of the year towards thanking you, the loyal listeners of the Paleoposse. This year we’re 1) a bit late, sorry, and 2) doing it a bit differently by thanking specifically those who have donated to the show and have sent in a question we might be able to take a crack at answering. Yes, one of the questions is a repeat, we’re not sure why we’re terrible at this, we just are and people donate anyways. We think it best not to question these small miracles.

00:00:00 – Our first batch of donations come from Danielle N., who gets her voicemail about self-driving cars and traffic answered for a second time but with a refreshingly different answer. That’s followed up by Christopher L., who reminds us about a term we taught him in the first place, completing some sort of twisted cycle of knowledge. And we end the segment with a query from Joseph T., who needs ammunition to argue about whether or not something can be “more evolved” than something else. It’s a good question, followed by a good discussion.

00:21:39 – Next, we toast our donors with a drink. Charlie re-caffeinates with some Earl Grey. Patrick is let down by an apparent macguffin in the form of Sweet Baby Jesus Peanut Butter Port by Duclaw. And Ryan enjoys a Wipeout IPA from his good friend Shelly. Thanks, Shelly!

00:26:15 – Much like hoards of teenagers, the Paleopals have all read The Hunger Games trilogy of books, and share their thoughts about the trailer to the ‘upcoming’ sequel film Catching Fire in this week’s Trailer Trash Talk!

00:33:53 – We end the show with more feedback! This round comes from Keith K., who asks us a physics question he sounds better qualified to answer than any of us. Fortunately, a remote answer from the physics-bot Ben arrives in the knick of time. Next, Sarah J. confirms that Ryan’s afternoons of posting Science… sort of flyers around UCSC were not spent in vain. And finally, a voicemail from Billy Nitro(!) asks a question that seems tricky, but might have a fairly simple answer.

Now, for some plugs:


Thanks again to everyone who listens and contributes to the podcast. We literally couldn’t do it without all your support and look forward to another excellent year of spreading the science love all around the world wide web! Be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!


Music for this week’s show:

I Don’t Wanna Stop – Good Charlotte

Jesus Is Just Alright – The Byrds

This Fire – Franz Ferdinand


Image credit: Hi, I’m Steve Poltz


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