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NSF Launches Science360 Radio for Web, iPhone and Android

The National Science Foundation has just launched Science360 Radio, a website and app for smart phones and iDevices, that streams science-focused audio content. (Disclaimer: All of MicrobeWorld's podcasts are included.) There are over 100 shows featured and the app is free.

While this much content to choose from is great, the app and site essentially stream the content at random, meaning there is no set schedule. NSF puts the content into the stream as it becomes available.

The upside of this is that you are likely to discover some great new science programs. The downside is that you can't tune in at specific times for your favorite show.

However, they do have a comprehensive directory for the programs on the website (not the app) which links to the home page for each show so if you hear something you like you can get more information and perhaps subscribe the podcast if they have one.

Following is the official press release:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched Science360 Radio, the first Internet radio stream dedicated to programming about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Science360 Radio offers 24/7 programming, with more than 100 radio shows and podcasts produced in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. The programming is made available by the producers at no cost to NSF or listeners. It's available on the Web and via iPhone and Android devices.

"With Science360 Radio, the search is over. Now the world of science comes to your fingertips, and it's brought to you by all those who have committed to bringing the joys of discovery and the mysteries of the universe down to Earth," says Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of StarTalk Radio.

"Turn it up Loud!" says Planetary Society Executive Director Bill Nye, the Science Guy. "I am pleased indeed that Planetary Radio is now part of the lineup on Science360 Radio and The Knowledge Network. Let's share the passion, beauty and joy of science."

The daily, weekly and monthly shows come from a variety of contributors, including the NSF and other U.S. government agencies, science institutions and professional organizations, universities and media outlets. Contributors include: American Society for Microbiology, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Johns Hopkins University, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Geographic, National Institutes of Health, Nature, Public Radio International, Royal Society of Chemistry and Scientific American, among many others.

"Science360 Radio isn't just the first STEM Internet radio stream, it's also an incredible resource; the collection spans the scientific disciplines, giving the stream unparalleled informational breadth, and the variety of shows ensures that everyone will be able to find something to enjoy. I'm truly excited to be a part of it and am looking forward to hours of discovery and science entertainment now that it's available," says Kirsten Sanford, host of Dr. Kiki's Science Hour and co-host of This Week in Science.

"Now, with Science360 Radio, we can all stand on the shoulders of giants," adds Moira Gunn, host of NPR Talk's Tech Nation and BioTech Nation.

Science360 Radio also carries public radio documentaries, such as "Rocket Girls and the Astro-nettes," "Race and the Space Race" and the "Engineers of the New Millennium" series, as well as audio programming found nowhere else, such as NSF news conferences (webcasts) and the NSF series "Profiles of Scientists and Engineers," which highlights young professionals on the job.

Science360 Radio is the latest addition to NSF's Science360 Network, which includes a STEM video library, the daily multimedia news feed Science360 News Service, and an iPad App.

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