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.

Dinosaurs: Before They Were Fuels

It is the rare boy who hasn't been in love with dinosaurs. I still have a fondness for dinosaurs, but I haven't been keeping up with the news, given how much is coming out concerning dinosaurs from their over a hundred millions of years of existence. So I find the video podcast Dinosaurs: Before They Were Fuels to be a nice way to hear about dinosaurs. It's a light-hearted and light-weight way to keep up with current news about dinosaurs, which is a good thing considering all of the other stuff that gobbles up my time.

Eight days of astronomy podcasting

Do you love talking about astronomy? Do you love the sound of your own voice? Then consider volunteering ten minutes of your voice for some January episodes in the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast. This is a podcast that broadcasts a listener-produced episode for every day of 2009, but it needs more courageous contributors for shows early in the year. Particularly, they have eight days that still need to be filled in for January.

If I loved my voice and had the slightest bit of courage, I might be tempted to volunteer myself. But I'm not, so maybe February ...


The Hubblecast is a video podcast which showcases images from the Hubble Space Telescope and a layman's introduction to the scientific background. It shows a stunning view of the universe, especially in the high-definition video feed which is absolutely awesome.