EarthSky 22: When nature inspires design

Biomimicry is what happens when nature inspires solutions to human problems. Ya, and we’ve got some great music this week, too! 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:

Astronomers see a planet being built before their eyes.

Astronomers see a planet being built. Image Credit: Karen L. Teramura, UH IfA

NOAA’s 2011-2012 winter outlook.

No link between cell phone use and tumors

Psychiatric illnesses expressed in brain before birth.

Geothermal resources 10 times the power capacity of U.S. coal plants.

Song of the week:

Melogrand’s “Voy” from their upcoming full-length album.

This week’s featured stories:

When nature inspires design EarthSky went to Montana to interview Janine Benyus, president of the The Biomimicry Institute. Biomimicry is what happens when nature inspires solutions to human problems. Benyus explains.

Via The Biomimicry Institute

Magnificent Jupiter Earth goes between the sun and Jupiter on October 28. As a result, Jupiter will be super noticeable for the coming month. Skywatching expert Deborah Byrd explains.

Earth with 7 billion According to the United Nations, Earth will reach population 7 billion on October 31, 2011. Jorge Salazar speaks with population expert Joel Cohen via Skype. What does it mean to have 7 billion people on Earth? Cohen explains.

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

This week’s musical contributors:

Melogrand

The Bright Light Social Hour

Ocote Soul Sounds

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

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