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Episode 19: Sasquatch!

February 25, 2013

In episode 19, we dissect the Sasquatch genome paper with David Winter (@TheAtavism).  Spoiler alert:  still not real.  Also, looking for a radical new weight loss solution?  Well, don’t try bot flies. Seriously.  Morgan and Bug Girl explain why it’s a really stupid idea.

  • If you have $30 to burn and you just can’t find a lighter, you can purchase the Sasquatch paper yourself.  But trust us, it’s not worth it.  Someone else did it so that you don’t have to.
  • Morgan went into more detail on the bot fly insanity here.

Episode 18: Parasites FTW! (Guest: Tommy Leung)

February 19, 2013

In episode 18, Morgan and I are joined by Tommy Leung, evolutionary biologist and parasitologist extraordinaire, to talk about parasites of all kinds.  And as a special bonus, MC Parasite appears out of nowhere to hit us with some evobio rhymes on the evolution of altruism and cooperation!

Here’s some of the stuff that we talked about during this week’s episode:

The Parasite of the Day blog:
http://dailyparasite.blogspot.com
Tapeworm eggs in fossil shark poop:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0055007
Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) pulling a “bait-and-switch” on its aphid vector
http://www.pnas.org/content/107/8/3600.full
Tommy mentioned some non sequitur cartoons he used to draw call “Existential Confectioneries”, some of which can be found here:
http://the-episiarch.deviantart.com/gallery/26748215

BONUS: Here’s the full and unedited version of Tommy’s rap for your listening pleasure…

Episode 17: Akron! (And #scio13)

February 12, 2013

In this episode, Morgan, Rafael and I talk about the reasons we move where we do, why you don’t want a blood transfusion in Akron, and Morgan reports on Science Online (#scio13).

RAFAEL: The trial I mention (confusingly as usual) was the Kansas Evolution Hearings; you can read the letter from the other biologists in our department denouncing the Intelligent Design “expert witness” here.

Episode 16: A chat with Chris Buddle!

February 5, 2013

 

In episode 16 we’re joined by Chris Buddle (@cmbuddle) to talk about wolf spiders and their distinct lack of hunting in packs, field work in the Arctic, and how scientists can benefit from social media. Chris gives good interview, so come check out all that and more!

Episode 15: Baby Carrots!

January 30, 2013

In episode 15, Lauren, Morgan, Rafael, Tom and I discuss the least-stressful job of 2013 (professor!) and scientific literacy.  Then, the topic turns to baby carrots and things go completely off the rails.  You may never look at your vegetables the same way again.

Episode 14: Jaden Walker and the bedroom of 12,000 spiders!

January 22, 2013

In Episode 14, Morgan and I chat with Jaden Walker (@theeternal, @myriap0da), who is an amateur entomologist, musician, autism advocate, and more.  If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to house 12,000 spiders (no, that’s not a typo) in your bedroom, this is the episode for you!

Episode 13

January 13, 2013

In this episode, Lauren, Morgan, Rafael, Tom, Bug and I chat with Jacquelyn Gill (@jacquelyngill):  paleoecologist extraordinaire, social media powerhouse, and all around purveyor of awesome sauce.  We cover the ins-and-outs of paleoecology (i.e. the daily dung), scicomm, social media, improving things for women in science, mammoth attacks, and more!  This episode was pretty meaty, so for ease I split it up into 3 parts.  Enjoy!