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Episode 208 – Camping on a Diamond Sea

Sure, something like that.00:00:00 – Arthur C. Clarke wrote in 2010: Odyssey Two that the center of Jupiter was one giant diamond. He probably never expected to be right… sort of. A new model suggests that conditions on Jupiter and Saturn may be right to have diamonds forming in the atmosphere and raining down from above. Pretty trippy stuff, science.

00:23:00 – Most drinks don’t cause a trip, but there’s only one way to find out for sure: drinking them. Jacob insults Ryan by daring to bring a pre-mixed Zombie cocktail from Bacardi on the show. Tsk tsk. Abe enjoys a Dunkel from Prost Brewing Company. And Ryan gets weird with a Tangerine Dreamsicle collaboration beer from Terrapin Beer Company and Green Flash Brewing Company.

00:31:40 – Jacob hasn’t been on the show much lately, so Abe and Ryan demand some answers. Turns out he’s been teaching children science as part of Club Scientific. I guess teaching the next generation is an OK excuse…

00:59:49 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like summer camp, you develop very strong bonds and then don’t talk for a year. Ryan presents a new recurring donation from Bonnie D. Thanks, Bonnie! Jacob ponders an e-mail on mosquito control techniques inspired by Episode 154 from Mark G. And finally Abe has a new 5-star iTunes review from a user whose name I’d rather not type. Sorry, guy, but thanks for the kind words!

 

Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts, and be sure to come to our live show in San Francisco as part of the Bay Area Science Festival’s Nerd Nite Block Party next week on Oct 24th!

The video game giveaway this week is Bioshock 2! First donor to e-mail us and ask for it gets a free Steam copy, enjoy!

 

Music for this week’s show:

Diamonds Are Forever – Shirley Bassey

Sweet Tangerine – The Hush Sound

Kids – Childish Gambino (from the album Camp)

 

Image Credit: Searching for the Light

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Episode 207 – Drop Bears of South America

LOOK OUT! ... sort of00:00:00 – Dr. Robert McAfee joins Ryan to discuss all things sloths! Finally, Ryan gets to just cut loose. First up on the docket, were giant ground sloths sneaking meat meals in between the leaves? There’s some evidence to suggest that they were, but do these two slothologists believe it?

00:29:29 – No good sloth discussion happens without beer. Robert enjoys his Easter Bunny Vs Unicorn wheat wine as it warms. Ryan, failing to find anything from Ohio, settles for a There Went the Neighborhood by Black Bottle Brewery.

00:36:11 – Robert has found that when people find out he studies sloths, the typically ask about Sid the Sloth from the Ice Age movie series. A discussion of the first two movies, with particular emphasis on xenarthran representation, ensues.

01:14:24 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like ice ages, they come on ya fast, and they leave ya fast. (The accuracy of the previous statement has not been verified in any way.) Only one this week, but it’s a goodie from Maria Q. all about SLOTHS from her homeland of Costa Rica. She sent some amazing photos and pronunciation corrections for Ryan which he admits to purposefully ignoring because… muppets. Finally, be sure to check out Robert’s website, Sloth Search, dedicated to all the sloth research out there he can manage to catalog.

 

Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts, and be sure to come to our live show in San Francisco as part of the Bay Area Science Festival’s Nerd Nite Block Party next week on Oct 24th!

 

Music for this week’s show:

Sloths – SNL Digital Short

Warm Beer and Cold Women – Tom Waits

Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root

 

Image credit: Futurama

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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

 

Image credit: Villa Decary

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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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