In one of the original Star Trek episodes, Captain Kirk states, "There is no such thing as the unknown. Only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood." Since we've not yet reached stardate 1514.0 (a "real life" year of 2265) when Kirk said this, and since the world of Star Trek (unfortunately) does not reflect reality, there remain a great number of things that are "temporarily" not understood.
However, Savannah Dunn*, a PhD student at the Geisel School of Medicine (Dartmouth College), and her husband Kellen, a social worker with a background in philosophy and history, have set out on a mission to reduce this number by creating a FREE podcast that focuses on communicating science in an engaging and easy-to-understand format. Each Steaming Piles of Science podcast takes the form of a discussion between a featured scientist, Savannah, and Kellen. As you might have guessed, the featured guest from this week was none other than yours truly, speaking about AUVs, particularly with regards to their uses, potential, and limitations. So, to get a 40 minute summary of this website, grab some snacks, turn up the sound on your computer, and check out our discussion at http://steamingscience.libsyn.com/episode-6-allison-chua-on-oceanography.
*I met Savannah at Concordia University (Montréal, Canada), where we were both attending an international graduate school about scientific communication (the first of its kind at Concordia). Discovering that we had similar thoughts and interests regarding scientific communication, we promised to stay in touch - resulting in this podcast!