Voiceover Nerd Productions, Inc. remains committed to science learning and accessibility. I am therefore refurbishing many of my SciWorks Radio Podcast episodes and making them available for anyone (students, teachers, science enthusiasts) to listen to and/or read. These educational science podcasts were created between 2014 and 2017 when I worked at SciWorks, now called Kaleideum. Located in Winston-Salem, NC, Kaleideum is an interactive museum of arts, sciences, and exploration formed by the merger of The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem and SciWorks in July 2016. The two museums merged into a single organization to reimagine learning and better meet the needs of our diverse community by providing more access to informal science discovery and cultural experiences.
Scientists are often not the greatest communicators, so most often, to bring science to the public requires one or more forms of art. But who teaches the artists, whose job it is to captivate you, about Science?
(Audio returning soon) The cure for cancer is the brass ring everyone in healthcare fights to achieve. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy have been the standard treatment, yet success is inconsistent, and the side effects are terrible. These treatments can’t tell the difference between normal and cancer cells, so they kill both. Cancer cells are aggressive, […]
Some of the great scientific theories unify our knowledge and have fundamentally changed the way we look at the world. Heliocentrism, for example, is the theory that the earth and other planets revolve around the sun. Though at one time it was soundly rejected by the community at large, it best explained the motions of objects […]
You’re made of atoms. The fact that you’re not all hydrogen means that your home star (in your case, the Sun), is made from recycled material. In fact, the Sun is made from atoms that have come into being over several star’s lifecycles; Star is born, star manufactures new and different atoms in its core, […]
If your papa was actually a rolling stone, his whereabouts would be predictable. If a boulder and a small rock are rolled down a hill together, logic, instinct, and all the insight you have will tell you that the boulder will travel further than the stone. What you might not have realized is that both […]
Humans aren’t the only members of the animal kingdom that work hard to impress and attract a mate. Often, guys battle it out in front of a desirable girl – hissing, flapping, ramming each other with horns. When the competition is over, the girl either accepts or rejects the boy. In this episode of Sciworks […]
Dinosaurs are still here, and they’re an incredibly successful species. Ok, what about the fact that earth was hit by an asteroid 65 million years ago, resulting in the extinction of the dinosaurs? Three decades of evidence have forced us to re-think the story: Sixty-five million years ago, an astroid collided with Earth, resulting in […]
In this episode of Sciworks Radio, Shawn spoke with Dr. Courtney Fitzpatrick, former postdoctoral fellow at Duke University and a co-author of a paper in the journal Evolution investigating the purpose of female animal beauty. And it’s not as straightforward as you might expect. Male animals are often more “attractive” than their female counterparts – […]
Crocodiles and their ancestors were around a hundred million years before the dinosaurs. One of the largest of the early crocodile family was discovered right here in North Carolina. It has been investigated and described by Dr. Lindsay Zanno, Director of the Paleontology and Geology lab at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, and […]
Winner of the National Science Foundations’s Science 360 Best Science Podcast Award, 2014. The Galapagos islands are famous for their association with Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution by natural selection. But the islands also have species who live there, but did not evolve there; Blue-Footed Boobies for example. Interestingly, they might be relying […]
Yes, we’re still discovering new dinosaurs! In this podcast, learnabout a new dinosaur discovered by paleontologist Doctor Lindsay Zanno of the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, North Carolina. A predator, carnivore, 2-legged animal, Siats Meekerorum may have looked and behaved a lot like a Tyrannosaurus Rex, but it lived in a much earlier time […]