EarthSky 22: Robots with human faces

Featured this week, lifelike robots – plus lakes on Jupiter’s moon and an eclipse of the midnight sun. Song of the week from Ocote Soul Sound.

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

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

Science news of the week:

Northern forests growing faster as Earth warms

Amphibian populations devastated by deadly fungus

Developing nations will bear the brunt of extreme weather events

When prehistoric shark meets whale

Was fifth gas giant planet expelled from solar system?

Image Credit: Southwest Research Institute

Caribbean corals overgrown by sponges

Song of the week:

Ocote Soul Sound’s song “Pathways” from their new album “Taurus”. Best of luck on your West Coast tour!

This week’s featured stories:

Robots with Human Faces Jorge Salazar speaks with Dr. Hanson about creating lifelike robots that can detect and replicate human facial expressions and communicate in a way similar to humans.

Eclipse of the Midnight Sun Jorge speaks with Deborah Byrd about November’s eclipse and what it might look like to the fortunate few who get to see it.

Icy surface of Europa, Image Credit: NASA

Lakes on Jupiter’s Moon New research suggests that Jupiter’s moon Europa might have bodies of water as big as North America’s Great Lakes. Luis Castilla and Jorge discuss.

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

This week’s musical contributors:

Ocote Soul Sounds

Maneja Beto

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

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