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Playlist: Science

Compiled By: Laura Goldman

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Diamond Planets and Super Earths (hour)

From With Good Reason | Part of the With Good Reason: Weekly Hour Long Episodes series | 53:57

Newly discovered worlds hold wonders beyond our wildest imagination - Exploring the history of science onstage - Discovering new technologies by studying nature - Saving birds with "sonic nets"

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In his new book Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System, astronomy professor and NASA scientist Michael Summers shares the latest research on planets beyond this solar system. And: What happens when science is brought to the stage? Denise Gillman directs plays that explore science themes and has created a new online catalogue of science playswhich includes: The Five Hysterical Girls TheoremThe Flue BallThe Einstein Project, and Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie.

Later in the show: Plus: A Swiss chemist who took a close look at the burrs in his hunting dog’s fur led to the development of Velcro. Brook S. Kennedy also uses nature as the inspiration for his own inventions, including the Macronaut, a magnifying lens he designed for the smart phone to help us zoom in on nature all around us. Plus: “Sonic nets” may soon be used to prevent birds from getting stuck in airplane engines or picking a farm field clean. John Swaddle says the sonic net is like a digital audio scarecrow, and it doesn’t disturb people or harm the birds.