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EarthSky 22: Solar eclipse, lunar eclipse

May 20-21 solar eclipse. June 4 lunar eclipse. Off-grid electricity. Chimps plan ahead. Song of week Shearwater’s “You as You Were” from Animal Joy.

Host: Jorge Salazar
Lead Producer: Mike Brennan

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

Science news of the week:

Extreme Weather Alerts coming soon to your cell phone

Fructose negatively affects learning and memory

Urban heat islands accelerate tree growth

A robot arm that can find information from a living human brain

A new planet discovered around the sunlike star KOI-872

Artist’s concept of the KOI-872 planetary system. Image Credit: Southwest Research Institute

Song of the week:

Shearwater’s “You as You Were” from their new album Animal Joy. Shearwater are out on their US tour now; European tour starts in June. Catch them if you can!

This week’s featured stories:

Global Night Sky: Solar Eclipse, Lunar Eclipse Jorge Salazar and Deborah Byrd talk about the solar eclipse this weekend, and the lunar eclipse coming up on the morning of June 4.

1994 annular or ring eclipse of the sun. Image copyright Fred Espenak. Used with permission.

Chimp Attack! Ryan Britton is back with a Weird Science story about a chimpanzee that can plan ahead. This chimp has a bad reputation for throwing rocks at humans.

Shared Solar Jorge speaks with Dr. Vijay Modi about providing affordable “off-grid” electricity – and how it is changing lives in the developing world.

Thanks for listening in!

This week’s musical contributors:

Shearwater

Maneja Beto

The Black and White Years

One Hundred Flowers

Sleep Good

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