I came to have this curious interest in 2010....upon arriving in DC and having cable TV.....of the TV show "Mythbusters". It appeared on the Discovery Channel and I came to appreciate the way that the two 'mad-scientists' would take some conceived notion of the public or science, and then explain it in garage-like lab.
Today, it's been announced that after being on the air for fourteen years.....Mythbusters is coming to an end. It'll end in 2016.
The two guys....Savage and Hyneman....impressed me with the way that you could convey a massive amount of science into bit-sized pieces....for a mortal with no real understanding of science....helping us get into the topic and actually enjoy the rich nature of science.
Presently, there are roughly 240-odd episodes and if I were a high-school science teacher....I'd put one of the episodes up each week for entertaining the students.
Around the end of 2011....they did an episode where they discussed the idea of a motorcycle being more environmentally friendly than a car. It's the kind of topic that four guys at a water cooler would chat about for hours and hours....debating the finer science principals of motors. The final conclusion of the team? Car evolution on emissions has progressed faster than motorcycle evolution, and you can't make the motorcycle cleaner, with the present set of mechanical standards. A shocker to most guys, but it ends the water cooler debate....at least until a new round of motorcycle developments occur.
My humble guess is that we will go through a five-year period without Mythbusters, and then be thrilled to discover that a new show will be fielded and we get more science in a nice tidy package for public consumption.