When I was a school student, a very long time ago, I was good at and enjoyed physics, seemed unable to ‘get’ chemistry and despised biology. In fact the only non-genuine ‘sick’ day my parents ever let me have off school was the day we were to dissect a seagull.
Unfortunately timetable clashes prevented me from pursuing physics, and I followed an arts path in my studies. My youthful thoughts of being an astronaut or an astronomer withered away.
Then came long years of preoccupation with my teaching career and other aspects of life, and both science in general and astronomy faded into the background.
These days though I have a renewed interest in both, even including the much-hated biology. I listen to science-related podcasts — particularly specific items from the Radio New Zealand programming and the wonderful Canadian Quirks and Quarks.
The afternoon and evening programmes on Radio NZ both tend to have one or more ‘science’ or technology items at least a couple of times per week. On Saturdays Kim Hill often interviews scientists, technologists, mathematicians and other extremely interesting guests.
I also keep an eye on the ScienceDaily RSS feeds.
A lot of news comes through there, so it’s one of those rare cases where I’m happy with partial content in the feed. Sometimes I read only the headline, sometimes the headline and extract, and once in a while I visit the site to read the whole article.
Updated several times a day with breaking news and feature articles, seven days a week, the site covers discoveries in all fields of the physical, biological, earth and applied sciences. Stories are integrated with photographs and illustrations, links to journals and academic studies, related research and topics, encyclopedia articles, and videos, to provide a wealth of relevant information on almost every science topic imaginable — from astrophysics to zoology. And thanks to a custom search function, readers can do their own research using the site’s extensive archive of stories, topics, articles, videos, images and books.
ScienceAlert is another good one, not quite as busy, but just as interesting:
ScienceAlert is the first and only website to cover the whole of Australasian science and to present its announced research outcomes to the public for free. Besides providing the latest news from Australasian universities and research institutions, the service provides quality feature articles and opinions from qualified Australasian scientific and science writers, a very extensive science events calendar and a specialised scientific jobs directory.
Actually, I wouldn’t mind reading some ‘Science for Dummies’ books to update myself with the basic concepts I never learned (or that are now totally outdated). I’d be interested to hear of suggestions.
How do you keep up-to-date?
How do you keep up with science news? Do you have any other sites, podcasts or videocasts you recommend? Let us know in the Comments below.