Science Updates

  • Primitive Ape-Man

    Primitive Ape-Man 

    In this Science Update, hear about an important piece of the human family tree scientists recently found.

  • Beauty Bias

    Beauty Bias 

    Research shows that good-looking people tend to earn more, get better jobs, and even get better grades in school than their plainer counterparts. This Science Update explores a study that may help explain why.

  • Touchdown Decisions

    Touchdown Decisions 

    You may not think of pro football coaches as overly cautious. But according to a study, some of their decisions aren’t gutsy enough.

  • Crack Dynamics

    Crack Dynamics 

    We see cracks every day—on the sidewalk, in a wall, or in a window. But just because they’re common doesn’t mean they’re easy to study scientifically. You'll learn why in this Science Update.

  • Rebuilt Language

    Rebuilt Language 

    In this Science Update, learn about how a recent movie spent money reconstructing a dead language.

  • Cancer-Sniffing Dogs

    Cancer-Sniffing Dogs 

    Dogs are often used to sniff out everything from illegal drugs to explosives. But new research shows that they can also smell cancer.

  • Browsing Music

    Browsing Music 

    The Internet has changed the way we listen to music. This Science Update explores how scientists in Europe are working on a smarter way to look for it.

  • Smallest Thing

    Smallest Thing 

    What’s the world’s smallest living creature? According to this Science Update, it depends on what you mean by “living.”

  • Air Guitar

    Air Guitar 

    In this Science Update, you can learn how computer scientists in Finland have turned the fantasy of playing an air guitar into a multimedia reality.

  • Body Image

    Body Image 

    If you feel fat but don’t look it, there may be a good reason. Researchers in England have found that when it comes to body image, the brain has a mind of its own.

  • Name Brands

    Name Brands 

    Some shoppers spend hours reading consumer reports to choose the right brand. But could something as simple as the letters in its name bias their decision?

  • Fish & Flowers

    Fish & Flowers 

    This Science Update reveals a surprising connection between fish and flowers.

  • Masculine Overcompensation

    Masculine Overcompensation 

    In this Science Update, hear about a study looking for any truth to the idea that men act especially macho when they feel their manhood is threatened.

  • Crystal Meth

    Crystal Meth 

    In the 1980's, so-called "crack babies" made headlines by demonstrating the destructive effects of crack cocaine in the womb. This Science Update looks at a study that suggests that the popular club drug crystal meth could damage a fetus with even a single dose.

  • Bouncing Babies

    Bouncing Babies 

    Many musicians will tell you that they don't just hear music – they also feel it in their bodies. Turns out even babies do too. You'll learn about it in this Science Update.

  • Driving Music

    Driving Music 

    Not everyone can play a musical instrument, but most adult Americans can drive a car. That's why one engineer decided to combine the two experiences.

  • Cave Bear

    Cave Bear 

    In the "Jurassic Park" movies, scientists re-created living dinosaurs from fossilized DNA. That's science fiction, but recently, real-life scientists reconstructed the entire genetic code of an extinct cave bear.

What Are

Science Updates?

Science Updates are 60-second radio programs presenting current science research, which we explore in a student-friendly way.