EarthSky22: Language, music, silence, beauty

Interview with author on language and music. Science of silence. Predawn beauties. Song of the week Shakey Graves’ Roll the Bones. All on your EarthSky 22.

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

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

Science news of the week:

A hopeful new vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease

Blood sample from mom and saliva specimen from dad yield 98% of genome of a human fetus

An exceptionally distant galaxy

New global Map of Life

False color image of exceptionally distant galaxy LAEJ095950.99+021219.1. Image Credit: James Rhoads

Song of the week:

Shakey Graves’ “Roll the Bones” from his album by the same name.

This week’s featured stories:

The Science of Language and Music Jorge Salazar speaks with evolutionary neuroscientist Mark Changizi about his new book, Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man.

The World’s Quietest Room Jorge and Ryan Britton discuss the weird science of silence and how silence can drive you crazy.

Skywatching for Early Birds Deborah Byrd tells you about the beautiful things you can see in the sky before dawn in June 2012. Set your alarm and make a date with Jupiter, Venus, and the earliest sunrises of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Moon, Venus, Jupiter Feb 24, 2012 from Bees Beach, Cumbria, northwest England via Adrian Strand. You can see Venus and Jupiter – the two brightest ones – near the waning crescent moon in mid-June 2012, in the east before dawn.

Thanks for listening in to your 22 minutes of science and music!

This week’s musical contributors:

Shakey Graves

Ocote Soul Sounds

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

Sleep Good

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