How to satisfy your scientific cravings on-the-go

Easy ways to get your fix of science...

We’ve all been there; you’re on the tube home after a b-way meet-up with a couple of vacuous yutes, your yet unfulfilled intellectual appetite just craving a few tidbits to tide you over till homework time. Where do you look? Facebook’s offerings aren’t quite cutting it (No, Lad Bible, I don’t want to see The Rock’s leg day routine, however beastly it may be) and even Twitter’s most valiant attempts are falling short… Look no further, gals, I’ve got you covered. Check these podcasts out next time you’re in need. 

1) The Infinite Monkey Cage 

Hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, this podcast is irreverent, funny and brilliantly informative, addressing everything from race, reality and irrationality to artificial intelligence and the wonder of quantum science. 

2) 60 Second Science 

Perfect if you’ve only got a minute (literally), 60 Second Science has an assortment of speedy answers to problems you’d never think to consider. Recent episodes have discussed why boys need the HPV vaccination, too, and how seed-scattering birds might help trees to deal with climate change. 

3) Stuff You Should Know 

One of my personal faves, this quirky podcast is hosted by Josh Clark and and Charles W 'Chuck' Bryant from HowStuffWorks. Edifying yet entertaining, episodes discuss topics like renewable energy, umami and whole-body cryotherapy. 

4) Science Weekly

Brought to us by The Guardian, this podcast covers topics from alien life and con artists to conspiracy theories and moon landings. If you’ve ever wanted to be an awe-inspiring fountain of knowledge and the envy of everyone at the dinner table, Science Weekly might just be your new best friend. 

5) Freakonomics Radio 

Though more on the social-science end of the spectrum, Freakonomics Radio is definitely still worth a listen. Hosted by one of the writers of the bestselling Freakonomics books, Stephen J Dubner, this podcast claims to ‘explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature’. It’s pretty fascinating. 

Lara Schull VII