Science for listening

With the podcast "Fragwürdig - Der Podcast mit Antworten" (Questionable - The podcast with answers), the Science Center experimenta has been offering knowledge for the ears since mid-May. The first three episodes explore the mystery of dark matter, take us inside the body to the intestines and answer the question of why people are drawn to the perpetual ice of the Arctic and Antarctic for research.

The experimenta podcast "Fragwürdig - Der Podcast mit Antworten" (Questionable - The Podcast with Answers) is aimed at an audience that is interested in scientific topics and wants to know what is currently being worked on in research. In each episode, host Ines Klose presents an intensively researched topic and talks to renowned scientists about what research questions drive them and what their day-to-day work is like. At the beginning of each episode, an interview guest appears with an exciting statement that introduces the topic. Then it goes on step by step, from the simple to the more complex.

The first three episodes

The first episode of "Questionable - The Podcast with Answers" is dedicated to the topic of dark matter. Science assumes that there is much more of it in the universe than of the visible matter, of which humans are also made. Experts around the world are researching dark matter - although no one knows what it is made of. How can this be? And how do researchers even get the idea that dark matter exists? Rafael Lang, professor of physics and astronomy at Purdue University in the United States, takes on the questions. He and the moderator take the audience on a journey into space.

An entertaining excursion into the inside of the body is on the program in episode 2. Then it's all about the intestine, perhaps the most important part of the digestive tract, which can do much more than just digest. It communicates with other organs and is a habitat for billions of microbes. Giulia Enders, physician and author of the bestselling book "Gut with Charm," tells how the gut works and what it has in common with a forest. In addition, Prof. Dr. Detlev Arendt reports from his research: at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, he is investigating what connects sponges, intestinal cells and the brain.

Why do people brave the cold and travel to polar regions? Do the Arctic and Antarctic perhaps have more to offer than just ice? Episode 3 of the experimenta podcast provides answers to these questions. In it, listeners meet polar traveler Arved Fuchs, science historian Prof. Dr. Cornelia Lüdecke from the German Society for Polar Research based in Kiel, and researcher Dr. Frank Wilhelms from the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven. All inquisitive minds will learn what it sounds like when the ice cracks under their own feet, why there was a race for the poles at the beginning of the 20th century, and what happens in the ice during modern research.

All episodes of "Questionable - The Podcast with Answers" are 15 to 20 minutes long. They look at a topic from different angles in a short, understandable and to the point way. The contributions are now available on the usual podcast platforms and will soon also be available on the experimenta website.

Source: from experimenta press release, May 12, 2022.