Sign up for news from Scientific American (www.sciam.com) and you'll receive fascinating reports such as Bacteria Turn Styrofoam into Biodegradable Plastic. Amazing. Scientific American also offers podcasts. Listen with the library's loaner laptops if you don't have an MP3 player of your own. We lend headphones, too, so you can listen in one of the computer labs if you prefer.
The March 1 podcast includes astrophysicist Eugene Parker talking about his Scientific American article on the threat that cosmic rays pose to astronauts; geneticist Dave Coltman discussing testing the DNA of an alleged sasquatch; and geochemist Don Siegel on how he became the author of a Chinese cookbook. Also: test your science smarts with the SciAm quiz.