New EarthSky en Español video segments – featuring scientists from across the U.S. – premiere April 30 through May 21, 2012 on Galavisión (USA), an American Spanish-language television channel owned by Univision Communications, Inc. These videos are made possible by a grant to EarthSky from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The two- to three-minute EarthSky en Español videos are being broadcast on the popular program Detrás del Saber at 8:30 p.m. Central Standard Time, and with multiple broadcast times thereafter in 2012.
Galavision is a premium cable offering, and is also available on satellite: DirecTV channel 404 and Dish Network channel 273 and 833.
If you want to see specific segments, their release dates are as follows:
April 30, 2012
Everything You Need to Know: Bed Bugs
Be careful what you bring home in your suitcase. These days, you might unpack a tiny vampire. Bed bugs are back! And they feed on human blood. Features an interview with entomologist Rebecca Duncan of the University of Miami
May 1, 2012
Did the Maya Predict the End of the World in 2012?
Often you hear people say that the Mayan calendar predicts the world will end on December 21, 2012. We investigate the source and science of this apocalyptic prophecy. Features an interview with archaeologist and Maya expert David Stuart of the University of Texas at Austin.
May 2, 2012
How are Chemistry and Art Linked?
If you’ve ever seen the world’s most famous painting – the Mona Lisa – please thank a scientist! Chemistry helps us keep great works of arts intact. What’s more, chemistry is what got humans painting in the first place. Interview with chemist Piero Gardinali of Florida International University.
May 7, 2012
What are Ecosystem Services?
Environmental conservation is good for nature, but it can also help the economy. Natural processes such as forests filtering water and bees pollinating crops have a monetary value that today’s scientists call “ecosystem services.” Interview with Laura López-Hoffman, Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at the University of Arizona.
May 8, 2012
Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?
According to the International Telecommunication Union of the United Nations, on our planet of 7 billion people, there are more than 5 billion cell phones in use. Is all this talking on cell phones safe? Can your cell phone give you cancer? Interview with Jeffrey Andrews, Engineer and Wireless Communications Expert at the University of Texas at Austin.
May 8, 2012
The Reversal of the Earth’s Magnetic Poles
You may have heard that one day soon the Earth’s magnetic poles will reverse. When this happens, our compasses will point south instead of north. Is this dangerous? Should we worry? Interview with physicist Alejandro de Lozanne of the University of Texas at Austin.
May 9, 2012
Clothing of the Future
In the near future, a person’s clothes might power their cell phones, handheld games, and even monitor vital life signs like heart and breathing rates. This is possible due to a newly invented, comfortable cotton fabric that conducts electricity. Interview with Juan Hinestroza, Professor of Fiber and Textile Design at Cornell University.
May 10, 2012
The World’s Loneliest Whale
The loneliest whale in the world, the 52-Hertz whale, sings a song no other whale will answer and travels the oceans alone. Interview with zoologist Sofía Rodríguez of the University of Texas at Austin
May 14, 2012
The ALMA Telescope in Chile
In the high desert of northern Chile, a new telescope with a revolutionary design is coming online – ready to probe deep into space. It will explore places beyond imagination – the distant birthplaces of planets, stars, and galaxies century – to help us understand our place in the cosmos. Interview with astronomer José Orta of Miami Dade College.
May 15, 2012
The Search for Distant Earth-like Planets
Stand outside on a clear night and gaze upward – many of the stars you’ll see are distant suns, much like our own. You might wonder, do other Earths exist? Interview with astronomer Iván Ramírez of the University of Texas at Austin.
May 16, 2012
In the tropical jungles of Thailand, an ingeniously deadly fungus hijacks the bodies of ants for food and reproduction. Interview with entomologist Floria Mora-Kepfer of the University of Miami.
May 17, 2012
How to See Migrating Birds
In search of endless summer, birds pursue daunting migrations across our planet. And, as they do so, you can learn to watch for and identify migrating birds. Bird watching is an easy and popular hobby, with some 40 million birdwatchers in the United States alone. Interview with ornithologist Eduardo Iñigo-Elías of Cornell University.
May 21, 2012
Will a Killer Asteroid Strike the Earth?
On Friday, April 13, in the year 2029, Apophis will pass closer to Earth than the orbits of some communication satellites – less than 22,000 miles above Earth. Should we worry? Interview with astronomer José Orta of Miami Dade College.