EarthSky 22: DNA wired for life

Jorge Salazar speaks with Dr. Jacqueline Barton about how DNA can act like two telephone repairmen trying to fix a line. Song of the week from The Heartlanders.

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

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

Science news of the week:

Over 15,000 U.S. warm temperature records were broken in March 2012.

Anchorage, Alaska set snowfall records in the winter of 2011-2012.

Too much snow across Alaska. Image Credit: Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management,

Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere might have ended the last Ice Age.

Scientists at Colorado State predict a below-average North Atlantic hurricane season.

Song of the week:

The Heartlanders’ song “Rumble Under My Feet” from their upcoming album “Gentleman Cowboy”.

Jacqueline Barton via the LA Times

This week’s featured stories:

DNA Wired for Life Jorge Salazar speaks with Dr. Jacqueline Barton of CalTech on her award-winning research on DNA.

Global Night Sky: Saturn Deborah Byrd on Saturn at opposition on April 15th, and how to see the ringed planet in your night sky.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Thanks for listening in. We’ll catch ya next week!

This week’s musical contributors:

The Heartlanders

Mother Falcon

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

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