EarthSky 22: Bogus doomsday predictions

Your 22 minutes of global science and local music from Austin, TX.

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

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

Science news of the week:

An international team of scientists explains how planet Uranus got its tilt.

Uranus. Image Credit: NASA

Researchers announce the first-known ozone hole over Earth’s North Pole.

A new map of the moon reveals the presence of titanium, and may give us more insight into the moon’s composition.

Scientists at the University of Exeter reveal that male crickets “hang around” after mating with females to protect them from predators. Chivalry is not dead!

Two winners of the X Prize Oil Cleanup Challenge are announced. Both winners developed methods to recover oil at a rate greater than 2,500 gallons per minute.

More than 600 people are evacuated from the Canary Islands after two undersea volcanoes erupt.

This week’s featured stories:

2012, the Mayan calendar and doomsday prophecies Archaeologist Dr. Kathryn Reese-Taylor tells us what will happen on December 21, 2012, according to the Mayan calendar.

Peak water Beth Lebwohl speaks with water expert Peter Gleick, of California’s Pacific Institute, on what peak water means.

Image Credit: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

Song of the week:

Dana Falconberry’s “Birthday” from her album “Hallet’s.”

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

This week’s musical contributors:

Mother Falcon

Dana Falconberry

Sleep Good

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

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