00:00:00 – Let’s get straight to it: scientists figured out a way to make booze using lasers, and they’re calling it sunshine instead of moonshine because they’re clever. Since that sounds like chemistry we brought Chad to the podcast table to explain what’s going on. LISTEN AND LEARN.
00:40:53 – Chad begins by pre-empting his own paleoPOW with an e-mail from Dave asking about a brand of “Neuro–” drinks. Are they just vaguely tasty snake oil? Pretty much, but in the US they can still get away with all sorts of silly claims thanks to this law. Also, a brief discussion of chemophobia and MSG, good thing Chad is here. Ryan is drinking Dryk Julmust bought on clearance at IKEA spiked with some very old Panamanian rum, and then gets the part of Canada that likes rum wrong. Ben bought a weird pear soda from a Japanese Dollar Store.
00:57:42 – GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! There are some new elements on the periodic table! Chad explains the process of getting new elements officially approved, then the conversation mostly devolves into debating what the new elements should be named with mixed results…
01:41:15 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like moonshine, you got to know a guy to get some and they can be bad for your health. Ben begins with a limerick about him written by Xander. Ryan finishes the show on a somewhat somber note with a donation from Shlomo in memory of his father Ezra, who recently passed away.
Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts like The Titanium Physicists and The Collapsed Wavefunction, both of which you can contribute to on Patreon.
Music for this week’s show:
Sunshine – Matt Costa
Bliss – Muse
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