Last week I spent my morning recording the next episode of the Ontario Science Centre‘s own Redshift Report podcast. Here is a picture of me sitting in the sound booth with Ken Huxley, web editor in the Science Communication department at the Ontario Science Centre, and host of the Redshift Report.
The Redshift Report is designed to capture the ongoing programming developed by the research and programming team. As new science stories develop, the staff at the science centre develop interactive and engaging ways to present these stories to the public. We each take turns doing this throughout the year. It was my turn most recently; I developed some short presentations on a variety of topics:
- The DAWN space craft departed asteroid Vesta, and is heading off to Dwarf Planet Ceres
- Photo sharing site Flickr helps entomologists discover new species of green lacewing
- Archeaologists discover modern human skull between 46-63 ka in Laos, south east Asia
In the story covering the discovery of the new species of green lacewing, I showed the visitors the wonders of the Zooniverse project, which connects everyday people with scientific data. The people at Zooniverse have created an interface that allows anyone to work on real scientific projects with real scientific data covering topics anywhere from astrophysics to marine biology.
Ken and I decided to stick with a space theme for the podcast (my speciality!). The episode covers the Voyager Interstellar Mission, including the most recent results suggesting that Voyager 1 may have officially left the solar system!
PS: alliteration in the title makes me smile
PPS: this was a link-heavy post. Sorry!