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EarthSky 22: Richard Feynman is still awesome

He was a safe-cracking, bongo-playing, Nobel-prize-winning physicist. His new biography is in comic book form, and we interview the author on this week’s EarthSky 22!

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

ES 22 Producers: Deborah Byrd, Beth Lebwohl, Ryan Britton, Emily Howard

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Science News of the Week:

A team of scientist at Michigan State University has found a type of bacteria, known as Geobacter, that can reduce levels of uranium waste.

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured the sharpest pictures ever taken from space of the sites of Apollo 12, 14, and 17 moon landings. Look at the little footprints!

Researchers have reported a link between anti-inflammatory pain relievers and early-term pregnancy loss.

A German medical team has developed an E-nose to sniff out heart disease.

Devastating wildfires in drought-ridden Texas.

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This Week’s Featured Stories:

Richard Feynman Famous physicist Richard Feynman passed away in 1988, but not before winning a Nobel Prize and being one of the coolest dudes ever. Jim Ottaviani has a new graphic novel about his life.

Weird! Ryan Britton explains the hunting technique of the notorious Epomis beetle, which makes its prey of much larger amphibious creatures. Caution: may elicit frog empathy.

A New Ancestor Australopithecus Sediba. Yeah, that’s right. Say that at a dinner party and follow it up with “They’ve found a nearly 2-million-year-old-transitional fossil between Austrolopithicine and our own human genus Homo.” Then watch jaws drop. Jorge Salazar talks with anthropologist Daryll de Ruiter about his findings. It’s further evidence supporting evolution by natural selection.

This week’s musical contributors:

Sleep Good

Vanessa Lively

Built By Snow

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

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