Paleo Treats Podcast

Greg Skomal is the classic adventurous scientist; driven to discover all he can about his subject and willing to go anywhere to slake his thirst for knowledge.  

"Not all science is boring."

He is the Senior Scientist at the Massachusetts Shark Research Program and works closely with both the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and OCEARCH to study Great White Sharks.  He literally wrote the book on sharks (The Shark Handbook) and is very enthusiastic about translating the science literature for the lay public to learn about and enjoy this fascinating family of animals.

“It’s one thing to really like sharks, it’s another thing to really study them.  I think it’s great to love Shark Week, but that doesn’t make you a scientist.”

Sharks have been around for over 400 million years, an awful long time to perfect the glorious evolution evident in every sweep of their tail and gnash of teeth, and in this podcast Greg shares his fascination with this most amazing of creatures along with stories of his experiences diving with sharks in the Arctic, the Caribbean, and Pacific.

Studying sharks has shaped Greg's world, and he talks about how the science has shifted dramatically from only being able to access dead sharks to now being able to track in real time the peregrinations and through that the individual personalities of one of the most well traveled species on the planet, the Great White Shark.

“A good scientist needs commitment, curiosity, and passion for their subject."

Greg talks about the importance of shark scientists and shark aficionados, what it takes to make a difference, and how you can help sharks tremendously from either path.  Enjoy!

Direct download: 036-Greg_Skomal.mp3
Category:science -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT

"I never thought I would look forward to getting an email again."

Dave is a news junkie and the author of daily email newsletter NextDraft, which he describes as a "modern day news column".  He organizes the newsletter into the 10 most fascinating news items of the day, works on it for 3-4 hours in the morning and blasts it out around 1 pm PST.  Dave is famous for having 75 tabs open at any one time as he scours the net for news every day.

"I lock in pretty hard and open up my laptop, not moving a ton other than getting coffee or water for about 3 or 4 hours." 

The NextDraft perspective comes from being very well read along with being both curious and horrified by humanity, as well as offering varying perspectives on any given story.  If you're looking for a daily wrap up of the most day's most fascinating stories, NextDraft is a fantastic place to start. 

The real power of NextDraft comes from Dave's personality; when you read it every day it feels like Dave wrote the email just for you and not for the 75,000 email subscribers on his list plus the 120,000 NextDraft app users.  Among those users are counted some of the most powerful and plugged in journalists out there, making NextDraft not just a "repeater station" but much more of a high signal to noise operation than you'd normally find.

"What NextDraft does is slow the news down and deliver news from a perspective you can learn to trust."

Having always wanted to be part of the news business and the media industry, Dave says NextDraft is a joy to write and that shows in every word he types in.

In this interview, Dave talks about the genesis of one of the most popular email newsletters on the net, how much feedback he gets, and what he's proudest of.

Not only is this podcast well worth a listen, this is an email newsletter worth signing up for.

Cheers,

Nik & the PT Crew

 

Direct download: Paleo_Treats_-_Episode_035_-_Dave_Pell.MIXDOWN.2015.05.02.mp3
Category:education -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT

When Nick Sloane got the call to refloat the Costa Concordia in 2012, he was in New Zealand wrapping up another job and dreaming about playing golf back home in South Africa.  When he said "yes" to the job he couldn't know that it would take 30 months, 500 team members, 26 nationalities and 130 divers a day in the water to get the big cruise ship off the ground and towed to Genoa, where she would ultimately be dismantled for scrap.

On many salvage jobs, the divers present the biggest challenge, and Nick's story on how he deals with these rock stars of the salvage world is both funny and indicative of real depth in understanding human motivation.

If you've ever wondered about building a team, working under stress, or what it takes to want to go out in heavy weather and stormy seas to perform a job not many people can even imagine, let alone do, then you'll really dig listening to this master of creating calm in chaos.

Cheers!

Nik@PT

 

Direct download: episode-34-nick-sloane.mp3
Category:adventure -- posted at: 1:51pm EDT

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