EarthSky 22: Outthinking extinction

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

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

Science news of the week:

Scientists say 70 killer asteroids struck Earth 1.8 to 3.8 billion years ago

researchers estimate that approximately 70 asteroids of the same size that killed the dinosaurs – or larger – impacted Earth 1.8 to 3.8 billion years ago. Image Credit: NASA Lunar Science Institute

Bright meteor reported over Nevada and California’s Sierra Nevada mountains now being called a “small asteroid”

Planetary Resources, Inc. announced a plan to mine near-Earth asteroids for resources

Two forms of vitamin E in soybean, canola and corn oils plus nuts help prevent certain cancers

New research finds that the left side of your face probably looks better

Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano, near Mexico City, is active

NASA image of Popocatepetl volcano

Song of the week:

Burgess Meredith’s Me As In You from their new Banana Moon EP.

This week’s featured stories:

Outthinking Extinction Jorge Salazar and Rebecca Costa, sociobiologist and author of “The Watchman’s Rattle,” talk about a hopeful future.

Global Night Sky: Brilliant Venus Skywatcher Deborah Byrd talks about why the planet Venus is so bright and eerie in our western sky now.

The bright one is Venus! Image Credit: Brocken Inaglory

Thanks for listening in!

This week’s musical contributors:

Burgess Meredith

Bright Lights

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

Daniel Webb

May 1, 2012

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