Episode 19: Sasquatch!

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)

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)

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!

 

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!