EarthSky 22 : Soft robots and meteor showers

A famous chemist on innovating our way to sustainability. A possible meteor extravaganza. And more – on your 22 minutes of science and music from beautiful Austin, Texas.

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

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

Science news of the week:

A glimpse of solar wind intensity on the innermost planet Mercury

Wangari Maathai via Africa Review

Mourning the death of environmental conservationist and Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai

First evidence of H1N1, aka swine flu, in animals in Africa

Does our “sleep memory” affect on our waking memory?

This week’s featured stories:

Soft Robots and Job Creation World renowned chemist George Whitesides talks about the potential for science to innovate our way out of modern problems and into a sustainable world.

Global Night Sky Deborah Byrd on October’s possible Draconid extravaganza.

The streak at the upper part of this photo is a meteor, aka a shooting star. Image Credit: Velo Steve

Weird Science Ryan Britton talks about the weird science awards known as Ig Noble Prizes. Plus – the science behind your bathroom breaks.

We’ll catch ya next week. Happy 20th birthday EarthSky! “I propose a toast to modern science” – The Black and White Years (Austin, TX)

This week’s musical contributors:

Ocote Soul Sounds/a>

Daniel Webb

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

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