To any of our listeners who tune in live, on the off-chance that any read this blog, (and in advance to our online listeners,) our apologies for the unannounced absence this week. Alex was too swamped by coursework to host the show, but didn’t want to miss out on the topics we had scheduled for today. However, Albert was also too busy to come up with new topics to discuss for a solo show. As a result, we had to cancel the show at the last minute. Regardless, we should be continuing our regular programming for the rest of the semester, so stay tuned!
The first episode of Your Inner Fish (which we promoted in this program prior to its premiere) has aired by the time of this upload. Let us know what you thought of it (if you want to)!
- Grasslands (Lecture notes summarizing the rise of grasslands for the course GEOL 204) [04:29]
- Your Inner Fish (Official site) [18:16]
- Birds of prey (Albert’s sharp-shinned hawk photos, Raptor Research Foundation’s intro to birds of prey) [23:48]
Alex has not yet sent Albert his playlist for this episode. Until then, this post will serve as a placeholder.
Since we never made it clear: cacti, cactuses, and cactus are all acceptable plurals for cactus.
- Deserts (UCMP on deserts, website for Arizona field study course GEOL 288A) [04:01]
- Off-rift volcanism determined by crustal unloading (News article) [20:59]
- Appreciating nature in one’s surroundings (eBird) [28:15]
Been a while since we’ve had an Albert solo show (which is good). We started slightly early this time, so most of the first song got cut off in the recorded version. Per usual, head to the links before to listen to it in full!
We have next week off for spring break, so see you in two weeks!
- Freshwater biomes (The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi) [01:22]
- Jumping spider uses ants as bodyguards (Not Exactly Rocket Science coverage) [21:38]
- Elephants can tell human ethnicity, age, and gender from voices and have varying threat calls in response to different threats (Not Exactly Rocket Science coverage) [27:54]
- Two mysterious Amazonian big cats unraveled (Tetrapod Zoology coverage) [34:42]
- Mountains (Video explanation on study of the Himalayan orogeny, photo series of a hunting snow leopard) [05:29]
- Dromaeosaurids: fact vs. fiction (Xu et al. 1999 on the first evidence of feathers in dromaeosaurids, DinoGoss on the running ability of dromaeosaurids) [38:24]
- Caves (Wikipedia on caves, Molinari et al. 2005 on giant centipede predation on bats, Soares Lab website) [07:35]
- Gastornis as a herbivore (Laelaps coverage) [34:08]
- Miocene mass strandings caused by algal blooms (Not Exactly Rocket Science coverage) [41:00]
- Cryovolcanoes (Wikipedia article) [48:34]
Had to make do with just one microphone this time, so if the audio isn’t as clear as usual that’s the thing to blame.
- Countdown to Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey (Trailer) [06:25]
- Evolution of mammalian uricase (Not Exactly Rocket Science coverage) [14:11]
- Chaos theory (Video explanation) [22:58]
- New planet Kepler-413b (NASA Science News coverage) [39:47]
- Lava tubes (Wikipedia article) [51:46]
- Tree-climbing in crocodylians (Croc Blog coverage) [54:26]
- Black Sabbath Medley - Candlemass [00:00; accompanied by Carl Sagan’s Humans are Capable of Greatness speech and the Carl Sagan Whale Rap]
- Cosmos - Vangelis [01:37]
- Carl Sagan Whale Rap - Remixed by Emike09fcmc [49:46; reprise at 57:13]
Happy Darwin Day; enjoy our Darwin Day special!
- The Twelve Days of Darwin [Performed at 12:42]
- Darwin Saves the World comic [Read at 32:29]
- Futurama clip parodying creationism [Played at 46:31]
- Evolution vs. Creationism song [Referenced at 52:30]
- Text to The Origin of Species [Final passage read at 55:00]
- Understanding Evolution - excellent and comprehensive introduction to evolution
- Talk Origins - comprehensive guide and explanations to misconceptions about evolution
- Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism - video series debunking common creationist arguments
Addendum: Albert may have been a little pessmistic when he said only 50% of Americans accept evolution. Some polls document a value closer to 60%, which is still low compared to other well-developed countries.
He also thinks that he has finally figured out the “washing machine Pokémon” Alex mentioned. It was probably one of the forms of Rotom, a Generation IV Pokémon that possesses electrical appliances.
We had a bit of technical difficulty at certain points this time, especially at the beginning, but otherwise things should be settling down now. It’s good to have Alex back.
- Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey (Official site) [09:54]
- Paleoartist financial woes (John Conway’s plea and website) [14:50]
- Jehol Biota preserved by pyroclastic flows (BBC coverage) [22:35]
- New Triassic marine reptile Atopodentatus (The Bite Stuff coverage) [34:43]
- Heretics and web presence in paleontology (Tetrapod Zoology on David Peters) [40:21]