I don't know that APOD has actually "increased" my interest in science. I am not into the technical and mathematical aspects of science, which is strictly a matter of my aptitude, rather than one of interest. What APOD has done for me is give me new perspective on cosmology and philosophy. The pictures give a clue, and only a clue, into the origin of our universe. However, they have given me much more of an understanding of the mechanics of the universe, i.e., the births and deaths of stars, planets, etc. My preferred learning style is that of seeing, feeling, touching, etc. The pictures on APOD come as close to giving me that as anything can.