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Episode 130: Our Chemical Landscape – The Wild

Desert.

The Sonoran Desert, which serves as the backdrop for today's feature on chemical communication. Image courtesy of Flickr user kangotraveler.

In honor of the International Year of Chemistry, Distillations is airing a four-part series Our Chemical Landscape. These shows look at how science has shaped the city, the suburb, the farm, and the wild. Today's episode is about the wild, and how animals use chemistry to communicate in their natural environs. First we learn about the firefly singles' scene. And next, producer Diane Hope explores the clever ways residents of the Sonoran Desert interact while hiding from the harsh world around them.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:32 Introduction
01:32 History of The Wild: Lightening Bugs 
03:46 Future of The Wild: Desert Communication
11:52 Closing Credits

Credits

Special thanks to Jennifer Dionisio, Hilary Domush, and Diane Hope for researching this show. 

Our Chemical Landscape is part of CHF’s Thanks to Chemistry project, sponsored by BASF Corporation,  The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, DuPont, and ExxonMobil. 

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from Music Alley. Additional music includes "Desert Moon," by Moth Music, "Nature Song," by Alexander_Blu, and "AJT," by Jazzy Lounge.

Image courtesy of Flickr user kangotraveler.

Posted In: Environment | History

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