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Conversations about things that are science, things that are sort of science, and things that wish they were science.

A member of the Brachiolope Media Network.

    344 - Stung by the Truth

    344 - Stung by the Truth

    00:00:00 - Kelly and Ryan are thrilled to be joined by her friend and colleague, Dr. Andrew Forbes! He’s a parasitic insect kind of guy (not meant as an insult!) and we discuss his journey a bit before diving into some recent and exciting research!
    00:35:37 - It could be argued that parasites drink the lifeforce of others, but hopefully that’s not the case with us. Ryan doubles down with an Americano using Jorge Raul Rivera Pacamara Honey #96 beans from Chalatenango, El Salvador via Black & White Roasters, which is delicious. Kelly doesn’t have a beer so is settling for a lactose-free White Salamander after wrapping up season 1 of her new project D.O.R.K.S. Andrew is enjoying some aged beer to celebrate the birth of his son in the form of a 2008-vintage Bigfoot Barleywine from Sierra Nevada. And Ryan comes back around to finish the segment with bourbon-barrel aged elderberry infused cider from Hawk Knob
    00:46:46 - We continue our conversation with Andrew, including a discussion of these two (open access!) papers:
    Quantifying the unquantifiable: why Hymenoptera, not Coleoptera, is the most speciose animal order
    Ormyrus labotus (Hymenoptera: Ormyridae): Another Generalist That Should not be a Generalist is not a Generalist
    For more parasitic insects in your life, you can follow Andrew on Twitter @Lord_Forbinton
    01:19:15 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like wasps; they can sting more than once and still survive. First up, Ryan and Kelly tackle a question from Brett H. about hyperparasitoids on Finnish islands (if you believe that Finland even exists) and then they come up with a BSso for patron Roberta A. R. who has impressively completed a study entitled: VESPA (Variability of ectoparasites on species of pollinating Apoidea): A study of a very cool wasps that infect bees then manipulate bee behavior to bury themselves underground so the temperature is better or something see the rest of the thesis for the details. Thanks, Roberta!
    More cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on our Patreon!
    Music credit: Flutterbee - Podington Bear
    Audio Production: Rob Heath

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Special Edition 16 - Project Hail Mary

    Special Edition 16 - Project Hail Mary

    00:00:00 - Time for a special edition Science… sort of Book Club! Ryan, Joe, and Tim all read Andy Weir’s new novel Project Hail Mary. What did they think of it? How was the science? Should Andy Weir design escape rooms? All this, and more, is discussed!
    To buy the book, we recommend using our affiliate program with bookshop.org/shop/sciencesortof, we get a small percent for sending you there and the book will be sent to you by a local bookshop. Win win!
    More cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on our Patreon!
    Music credit: Ave Maria - Podington Bear
    Audio Production: Ryan Haupt

    • 1 hr 11 min
    343 - Webb's in the Greenhouse

    343 - Webb's in the Greenhouse

    00:00:00 - There’s a new telescope in town to look out of town and see exactly what’s going on in this here galaxy. Introducing… the James Webb Space Telescope! What can it do? Where can it do it? And did we name it after a not so great dude? All this and more are discussed!
    00:36:36 - Drinks are any beverage that are consumed. Here, we talk about them. Joe is having tea with lemon and honey to help with a cough. Ryan recommends even fancier tea. Ryan waxes poetic about a Herkenrode Abbey Vesper (typical). Charlie is double fisting some red wine and a Rogue CBD seltzer, balancing the blend perfectly.
    00:47:26 - Trailer Trash Talk returns again to discuss the much-maligned but fun-looking Moonfall.
    01:00:57 - Climate Change is definitely a thing that is happening, we’ve known about it for awhile, but just how long? Turns out some folks as far back as the 1800s were figuring out the connection between carbon dioxide and atmospheric warming and we just haven’t been listening.
    01:23:15 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like… something. Listener feedback, probably. Teemu A. wants to know what we think about the geology/biology of the video game The Witness. Elizabeth D. wins a copy of Life’s Edge by Carl Zimmer for submitting her pick for weirdest life from (see episode 337), the sea salp! And Patron Bruce Haupt gets a BSso thesis for the second time, and that thesis is: SCRUB: SCUBA Carbon Removal Underwater Bioremediation - Using Sea Salps to sequester carbon in oceanic basins using a human propelled delivery mechanism. Thanks, Bruce!
    More cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on our Patreon!
    Music credit: The Green Room - Blue Dot Sessions
    Audio Production: Ryan Haupt

    • 1 hr 58 min
    342 - The Extinction of Fossil Fuels

    342 - The Extinction of Fossil Fuels

    00:00:00 - Joe and Ryan are excited to be joined by Craig Welch and Sam Howe Verhovek who each have articles in the October 2021 issue of National Geographic “The Revolution is Here” which is all about the future of non-fossil fuel transportation. Craig wrote the article “The future of driving is here–and it’s electric” and Sam wrote the article “How green can we make air travel? And how soon?”. Discussion ensues.
    00:40:41 - Discussion pauses so Joe and Ryan can have a drink. Can’t let oneself get too parched. Joe was having a latte during our initial conversation, but is now enjoying some eggnog with brandy. Ryan is having a Class III Whitewater IPA from Screech Owl Brewing, which leads to a discussion about the many uses for spent beer grain, but mostly pizza dough.
    00:51:03 - Part two of our conversation with Craig and Sam! Craig is on Twitter @CraigAWelch and you can find more of Sam’s work on his website jetagebook.com.
    01:06:49 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like the future of transportation; they’re both going places! Ryan begins with a Facebook comment from Mike B. praising the book featured in episode 338. And we bestow a BSso upon patron Bounce B. who has turned in a tome entitled: Hop To It: A Novel Implementation of a Jump-based method for transitioning from terrestrial to aerial transportation using a methanogenic bladder derived from fungal fermentation of organic biofuels. Thanks, Bounce!
    More cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on our Patreon!
    Music credit: Airliner - Podington Bear
    Audio Production: Rob Heath

    • 1 hr 17 min
    341 - Highway to the Science Zone

    341 - Highway to the Science Zone

    00:00:00 - Joe and Ryan are joined by their friend Dr. Antonio “Tony” Munoz, who tells us about his work as a scientist and his journey from the world of research to the world of consulting. Tony’s open access papers for those who want to learn more:
    Free energy calculation of modified base-pair formation in explicit solvent: A predictive model
    Active yeast ribosome preparation using monolithic anion exchange chromatography
    Structural Changes Enable Start Codon Recognition by the Eukaryotic Translation Initiation Complex
    Conserved residues in yeast initiator tRNA calibrate initiation accuracy by regulating preinitiation complex stability at the start codon
    Coordinated Movements of Eukaryotic Translation Initiation Factors eIF1, eIF1A, and eIF5 Trigger Phosphate Release from eIF2 in Response to Start Codon Recognition by the Ribosomal Preinitiation Complex
    00:36:38 - Joe managed to bring drinks for everyone, but now they’re not in the same place so that’s odd. Joe is having some homemade mead from a friend, and its first mead experience which incurs the cost of viking toast. And Tony and Ryan are enjoying the Snakeden Saison from 7 Locks Brewing as provided by Joe.
    01:10:59 - In our second segment we talk about cars. A sort of “Car Talk”, if you will, which we’re pretty sure is a completely original idea to the audio format. We tackle the myth that electric cars are actually worse for the environment than internal combustion (spoiler: they’re not) , but also some of the challenges that come with an electric future and the impact that our need for certain minerals can have on the health of the planet.
    01:56:48 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like roads, you should look both ways before crossing them. Joe has a tweet lauding him for comparing the UK to TX, but what we’re really here from is to hand out a BSso thesis for Patron Eric P. He has a thesis titled: Swinging for the electric fences: An electric vehicle charging solution utilizing molecular biophysical properties of Electrophorus fish in an in situ aquatic reservoir. Thanks, Eric!
    More cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on our Patreon!
    Music credit: Electric Car - Podington Bear
    Audio Production: Rob Heath

    • 2 hr 10 min
    340 - Anchor's Away Part 5: The Final Anchoring

    340 - Anchor's Away Part 5: The Final Anchoring

    00:00:00 - In which Ryan introduces the concept of this type of episode… for the last time. (But which can be previously heard in episodes 266, 282, 326, and 332.)
    00:05:23 - Zootopia and Disney Lemming Myths
    00:10:51 - Bio bios: Fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus)
    00:16:06 - The Drake Equation tries to answer "Are we along?”
    00:21:23 - Drake Equation "results" hint at a crowded galaxy
    00:22:30 - Then where is everybody? Fermi's Paradox weighs in
    00:27:03 - To prove the show hasn’t lost a step, Ryan has a Knotty Pine double IPA from Country Boy Brewing. Predictable, but delicious.
    00:28:56 - Night Hag: The Inception
    00:32:31 - My experience with the Night Hag
    00:34:55 - Science of the Night Hag
    00:40:08 - Wait, how is the Night Hag aliens? Culture and Sleep Paralysis
    00:43:16 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like the end of the year, they lead us to something new. This episode we have an e-mail from Brandon M. asking how to get access to the whole back catalog of Brachiolope Media shows (and the answer is Soundcloud, with more updates to come).
    More cool rewards await you if you decide to support us on our Patreon!
    Music credit: Solitude - Broke For Free

    • 50 min

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660 Ratings

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