EarthSky 22: Gamers score big for science

Science and music goodness from Austin, Texas. Press play!

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

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

Science news of the week:

Researchers have discovered that bats like to hang with their friends.

Video game players take a few days to solve a science problem that stumped scientists for decades.

Typhoon Roke made landfall in Japan, bringing rain, floods, landslides.

A new report shows a huge increase in global CO2 since 1990.

Image Credit: Steven Greenwood

An astronomer at the Southwest Research Institute has reason to believe that a Neptune-sized planet was ejected from our solar system. “This heliosphere ain’t big enough for the both of us,” Jupiter said.

This week’s featured stories:

Gamers to the rescue! Video game players solved the complex structure of a protein linked to AIDS in monkeys in just a few days. Jorge Salazar speaks with Dr. Seth Cooper about how gamers solved this problem that had stumped scientists for years.

Global Night Sky Deborah Byrd on late September/early October planets. One word. Jupiter.

Fish Story Jorge Salazar speaks with Dr. Jason Downs about recently discovered big fish fossils that are estimated to be 375 million years old. Could this fish have been related to the one that crawled out of the primordial ooze – and eventually got around to writing this blog post?

We’ll catch ya next week. Happy equinox everyone!

This week’s musical contributors:

Mother Falcon

Daniel Webb

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

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