Money problems and Science Friday

If you're anything like me, you'll be listening to NPR Science Friday every week (although not necessarily on Friday if you listen to it as a podcast like I do). One of the funding sources for the radio program was the NSF; unfortunately, they've decided not to continue their support. The NSF probably have their own valid reasons to stop their funding (like, there's a lot of pressure to cut the deficit, although I personally think that a public radio program promoting science would still be a very worthwhile cause to fund), but this means that Science Friday is facing financial difficulties. And despite being an NPR program, it only gets 10% of its funding from NPR. Fortunately, the program is in no immediate danger of going off the air, but of course, they could use all the help they can get.

Support Science Friday

I love the show, so I support it. If you're interested in science and have never been a listener of NPR Science Friday, then you might want to give it a listen.

Einstein@Home User of the Day

Today, I turn out to be the user of the day at Einstein@Home. It might not amount to much, but I'm still getting all tingly inside.

Einstein@Home User of the Day

If you happen to have idle CPU cycles left over on your computer, consider contributing them to the cause of finding gravitational waves or potential sources of gravitational waves at Einstein@Home.

Scientia Pro Publica #9

I maintain Science Gossip, which could be thought of as a newspaper covering science news with links to blog posts written by other people. But if you prefer science magazines over science newspapers, covering not only science news but also including general articles on science with a slower release schedule, then the blog carnival Scientia Pro Publica might be for you.

The ninth edition of Scientia Pro Publica is now up at Pleiotropy. I have the impression that there is much more blogging for biology than in other fields, and this is borne out in this edition of Scientia Pro Publica with articles about birds, maple seeds, sexual reproduction, and more. Those who prefer more sterile sciences need not flee, as there are also articles about paintings, earthquakes, scientific literacy, etc.