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Episode 213 – Astro Boy

He flies... like thunder!00:00:00 – Patrick and Ryan welcome Astrophysicist Steve Healey to the show! We begin with a brief overview of what exactly astrophysics is. Steve claims that by listening to this section, you’ll have completed most of a bachelors in the subject. Congrats!

00:20:15 – To celebrate your recent academic achievement, we all have a drink. In celebration, Steve uncorks some Champagne Soda, whatever the hell that is. Ryan powers through his trepidation and tries a pickleback, with whiskey from Wyoming and pickles sent in my listener Jerrold. Thanks, Jerrold! And Patrick kicks back with Back in Black from 21st Amendment Brewery.

00:31:17 – Now that we’re all clear on the basics, we ask Steve to tell us about some his latest work. Which involves both the first and second sightings of an Active Galactic Nuclei. Don’t worry, we make him explain it.

01:07:32 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like Active Galactic Nuclei; we’re still not sure we get what the big deal is. Patrick is happy to announce a new recurring donation from John K. Ryan has a new guerrilla-style brachiolope drawing to be added to the Brachiolope Gallery from Colin D. Thanks, Colin! Ryan is also giving away a copy of the RPG Anodyne for anyone subscribed to the newsletter who would like it. Just e-mail in! (Only one copy; first come, first served.) Finally, Ryan participated in a course about podcast storytelling, if you’d like to purchase the course yourself, you can do so here at CreativeLive.

 

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

 

 

Music for this week’s show:

Space, Full Colour – SonicPicnic (from the game Awesomenauts)

Champagne Supernova – Oasis

Satellite [Astronaut Remix] – Guster

 

Image Credit: Wikipedia

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Episode 212 – Dead and Alive

The answer to what Schrödinger and Venn would have talked about had they ever met.00:00:00 – We first learn that Ben is not great at telling stories, but also that there was a guy Fermi who is known for one thing when he really did many thing. The thing he’s known for is asking where all the aliens are, and while there are some pretty interesting potential answers to his questions (including Dyson Spheres as discussed on The Titanium Physicists), this week we’re focusing on the new addition to the mythos: what if no one is out there because the zombies got them first?

00:30:06 – Zombies don’t appear to be affected by alcohol, but living humans are and in a healthy amount we can even enjoy it. Abe kicks back an Anchor California Lager. Ben enjoys a Coco Rico, which causes Abe and Ryan to act very strange. And Ryan inevitably has The Last Word.

00:35:58 – Viruses, are they alive or what? Who knows, maybe The Weekly Weinersmith does. What we do know is that we found some viruses frozen in Siberia for 30,000 years and the best solution seemed to be to thaw them out and bring them back to life. What could possibly go wrong? In reality, almost nothing, they’re not infectious to humans. Still a cool story though.

00:50:09 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like viruses; they probably serve a purpose but oftentimes just make you feel sick. Abe is happy to announce a new recurring donation from Logan S., who really liked Troll Hunter and wanted to know if we ever ended up seeing it after doing the trailer. You’ll never guess our answer! Also, if you want to bribe Ben into doing more episodes, consider supporting him on Patreon. Ben comments on an article Nazhuret left on our Facebook page about Canada’s increasingly poor handling of science. Boo hiss, Candada. Ryan finishes up with another donation from Liam T., who asks that people go fill out a survey about sexual and gender identity as it relates to mental health. It’s open to all and will help him complete his graduate work, so consider donating a bit of time to that cause. Any questions can be addressed to him directly via e-mail.

 

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

 

Music for this week’s show:

Walking Contradiction – Green Day

Sink – Big City Rock

Come Back Around - Feeder

 

Image credit: J. P. Ormiston

 

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Episode 211 – Giving Thanks V, Vini, Vidi, Gratias

Conjugation is for nerds.It’s time again for our annual Thanksgiving show! That means all feedback this week, all from PaleoPosse who have been kind enough to give us a bit of their hard-earned cash to help us keep producing this podcast for y’all.

00:00:00 – Our first PaleoPOW of the week comes from Joshua W., who is worried that microbes might be out there causing mass extinctions. We do our best to comfort him with cold hard science, so maybe not actually that comforting after all.

00:12:35 – One form of comfort is having a drink with your friends, so let’s try that. This segment is actually brought to us by Clay the Human, who has started a recurring donation specifically to support the drinking segment. Thanks, Clay! Patrick sups some fine Basil Hayden bourbon, and gets a bit defensive about his use of an ice cube. Ryan, having recently returned from Sweden, has a sampling of various liquors of which Charlie suggests one of the aquavits. He drinks out of it from a shotglass sent in to our mailing address by superfan and donor Morgan M. Skol, Morgan! Since it was in a tiny airplane bottle, a beer is in order. Since Thanksgiving is the biggest meal of the year, Ryan has the biggest beer in his fridge a 5 Monks Quintupel Ale by Avery coming in at a whopping 19.39%. Charlie has an Emissary Imperial Stout in his Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association mug, because he likes some fish with his beer.

00:28:17  – Clay the Human also had a question basically wanting us to discuss how on Earth we’re going to continue surviving as a species… on Earth. We each have our own takes, leading Charlie to get philosophical about things. No great shock. We end with a voicemail from David who wants to wish up a happy Thanksgiving and gives us a truly wonderful gift.

 

Don’t forget to check out our Winter Solstice Gift Guide for 2014! Thanks for listening, and a special thanks to everyone who supports the show! Be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!

 

Music for this week’s show:

It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) – R.E.M.

Helen går – Traditional Swedish Drinking Song

 

Image credit: 3G Wine Consulting

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Episode 210 – Life is the Bubbles

He practices what he preaches.0:00:00 – Abe and Ryan are joined by Vanessa Knutson, who studies nudibranchs at the California Academy of Sciences (where we’ve recorded before). She recently described a few new species of these beautiful citters, and published those results for anyone to read right here. We chat with her about the process of finding and describing a new invertebrate, as well as opportunities for women in science. Contribute directly to women in science by visiting the crowdfunding site Instrumentl.

00:38:42 – Living underwater means drinking basically all the time, but for us on the land drinking is an event worth sharing. This week Abe is drinking a 120 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head. Vanessa enjoys some Dihydrogen Monoxide to highlight California’s recent and ongoing troubles with keeping the populace hydrated. Ryan stalls his way through eating some hákarl and washes it down with the brennivín in true Icelandic fashion.

00:48:50 – Moving on to vertebrates, we discuss why a certain group of sea snakes evolved smaller than expected heads. You’ll have to listen to find out the answer.

01:15:31 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like sea snakes; they’re pretty, but deadly. Abe presents a recurring donation from Jacob H. Thanks Jacob! You’re literally the reason we keep doing the show. Ryan has a simple but delightful e-mail from Robin M. We’re also giving away a copy of the indie game Incredipede on Steam to any donor who’d like it. Come get yours!

 

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

 

Music for this week’s show:

The Spanish Dancer - Abraham Padilla (he played it live, so there’s no link)

Rotting – Green Day

All The Small Things – blink-182

 

Image credit: cLos71

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Episode 209 – Yeast from a Beast

Our guests getting their swab on.00:00:00 – Patrick and Ryan are joined by Jasper Akerboom and Jason Osborne, who collaborated to make a beer with yeast harvested from fossils. The beer, Bone Dusters from Lost Rhino Brewing Company, involved diving into swamps for fossils, swabbing protocetids for cultures, and dealing with all the trials and tribulations of a yeast strain cultivated from a bone. It’s a good story, and by all accounts a good beer.

00:21:14 – Speaking of beers, we’re all having some. Jasper is having an Elder Wright, appropriately made by the aforementioned Lost Rhino. Jason was having a vodka tonic, but all our beer talk forced him to switch to an cellared Bone Dusters. Patrick is fighting a sore throat with the help of a hot toddy. And Ryan tries to keep everything thematic with a Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Brunch Weasel.

00:29:25 – The second segment is all about what Jason and Jasper do when they’re not busy brewing. Jason helps run PaleoQuest, a non-profit organization dedicated to espousing the value of geology and paleontology to the general public. Jasper runs JasperYeast, a company dedicated to providing brewers with really good yeast, which is also very important, as far as we’re concerned.

00:54:17 – PaleoPOWs are a lot like collaboration beers: they both take multiple parties working together to complete, and everyone hopes they turn out at least OK. Patrick starts things off by thanking a former recurring donor Leonard A. Leonard gave us some cash each month for a bit, but for whatever reason had to quit. No hard feelings, Leonard; we appreciate the support while you were able to do so, and that holds true for everyone else who gave for awhile but then had to stop. Thanks everyone! And especially Leonard! Ryan presents a most impressive offering from none other than Kevin Kelly, who was kind enough to mention us in his latest book Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities which is really awesome and we’re honored to be included. The book has other stuff besides us, so it’s definitely worth checking out. Finally, this week’s game giveaway is Deadlight, an awesome zombie platformer set in 1980’s Seattle. If you’re a donor e-mail in to get the Steam code!

 

This week’s episode was brought to you by Downcast, a podcasting app for people who are fed up with terrible ones. Not only are they sponsoring the show, but they gave us some promo codes to give away! If you want the app, e-mail us and say so; you’ll be happy you did! Thanks for listening and be sure to check out the Brachiolope Media Network for more great science podcasts!

 

Music for this week’s show:

Bag of Bones – Pokey Lafarge

Lost in You – Sugarcult

My Bones Are Gonna Rise Again – Pine Hill Haints
Image credit: John Nance

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