Episode 188 - Reproducing Yetis
00:00:00 - Patrick and Ryan take a moment to tell everyone about an upcoming event. You can get tickets for our 2014 DC Meetup here. 00:01:59 - Two of long articles (here and here) about reproducibility in science leads to a long discussion. Everything from different types of errors, biases to only research certain types of questions, and attempts such as the Reproducibility Initiative to fix it are covered.
00:24:16 - Drinks are easy enough to reproduce, but we strive for novelty in this segment with Ben having black cherry flavored Canada Pure Sparkling Refresher. Ryan gives the Blood Orange Imperial IPA from Freedom's Edge Brewing Company a try. And Jacob has a glass of water, which brings about a discussion of hardness and how you can test your own taps for hardness. SCIENCE!!
00:42:38 - In a shocking turn of events, it turns out a sample from a yeti is actually a bear. In an actual shock, it's a pretty cool bear sample worthy of discussion in its own right.
00:53:26 - PaleoPOWs are a lot like ancient bear specimens, held sacred and worshipped until further analysis shows their truth worth. Ryan has a recurring donation from Moe S., who would like to fund the end of the Timer Duck. We don't think that's quite fair to the original sponsor Christina H., but want to hear from her and others about how to handle the duck's fate. Ben has a correction about something with physics from high school student Tyler V. And Jacob, in convenient timing with a discussion at the office, is asked about dinosaur size from Chris B.
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Music for this week's show:
Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin
Two Rocks and a Cup of Water - Massive Attack
Intro (Body Snatchers) - The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker
The Bear and the Maiden Fare - The Hold Steady
Image Credit: Giant Electric Penguin