Stuff from the Science Lab Roundup: Picking Podcast Topics and Surviving the Apocalypse

Allison Loudermilk

The world of science is fantastically large, from mutant all-black penguins to genes (or the deletion thereof) that may allow mammals to regenerate limbs. Let's be honest. That same wondrous, curious world can also be intimidating. Somewhere along the line, a scientific concept may elude a student and, as a result, his or her curiosity about the natural world may slowly wither away. In the United States at least, we're not as good at science as we need to be, as suggested by President Obama's Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education (STEM) initiative to push U.S. students from the middle of the pack to the front in these areas.

So when Robert and I first pitched this science podcast, we really wanted it to make science approachable and accessible for lots of people. Like my dad. Or Robert's crazy aunt. (Ha! This is what happens when Robert doesn't get to edit my posts.) When we step into the studio every Monday to record two episodes, as we've been doing for months upon months now, that's what we're going for. Some of you may have wondered about the method behind our selection process, and there it is. Get as many people interested in science as possible and keep the curiosity alive. If that involves devoting a couple of sessions to what it's like to relieve yourself in space or untangling the Bermuda Triangle mystery that's not so much of a mystery after all, so be it. And they're pretty fun to record, too.

To listen to this week's set of podcasts on nuclear winter (a favorite topic of the always morbid Robert*) or the Bermuda Triangle one, you can head over to iTunes and check them out.

Feel free to send us an idea for a topic you're curious about, too.

*Speaking of morbid, our first pitch for a podcast was Stuff That Could Kill You. I still think that one would have been pretty sweet.