EarthSky 22: Blue moons and biofuels
Science news of the week:
Scientists have discovered a biological switch in cyanobacteria that could help in engineering algae for improved biofuel production
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said that the severe drought means consumers can expect to pay more for groceries in 2013
The heaviest rainfall in 61 years fell on the Chinese capital city of Beijing on July 21
NASA announced that Greenland saw “unprecedented” ice sheet melting at the surface during a period of only four days in early July
A series of dust storms took place in the U.S. state of Arizona in the past few weeks
Astronomers say they’ve detected a distant solar system whose planets orbit in a way that resembles the planets in our solar system
Song of the week:
The Eastern Sea’s “A Lie” from their new album Plague.
This week’s featured stories:
Blue Moon Jorge Salazar speaks with skywatcher Deborah Byrd about two full moons in August, and what makes a “Blue Moon”.
Biofuels Jorge talks with Andrew Leakey about developing drought-resistant plants for fuel.
Weird Science: Giant Hairball Jorge speaks with Ryan Britton about a giant 5lb. hairball found in a woman in the UK. This is gross.
Thanks for listening in to your 22 minutes of science and music!
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