Science Updates

  • Same-Sex Parents

    Same-Sex Parents 

    In this Science Update, learn how psychologists are starting to get a better look at how the children of gay couples turn out.

  • Lying on Email

    Lying on Email 

    Research on lying via email may lead to computer software that can spot online con artists and other predators.

  • 1918 Flu

    1918 Flu 

    In 1918, the flu killed 20 million people. A comprehensive study helps explain what made it so deadly.

  • Cola Brains

    Cola Brains 

    For over fifty years, Coke and Pepsi have spent billions trying to out-market each other. This Science Update looks at a new brain study that suggests that one brand has much deeper effects.

  • Phishing


    In this Science Update, learn about a recent Internet scam involving identity theft.

  • Consensus Model

    Consensus Model 

    Although the country is divided politically, we actually agree on a lot of things: for example, that baseball and apple pie symbolize America, that we drive on the right side of the road, or that June is a nice month for weddings. This Science Update explores a study that explored how we come to these agreements.

  • Earth Simulator

    Earth Simulator 

    Learn how scientists are using the Earth Simulator, the most powerful supercomputer on the planet, to model Earth's climate.

  • Vanilla Medicine

    Vanilla Medicine 

    In this Science Update, hear how a modified form of vanilla may someday help treat sickle-cell disease.

  • Hearts and Worms

    Hearts and Worms 

    A worm that has no heart may help scientists figure out why might help scientists figure out why some useful drugs produce a deadly heart reaction in some people.

  • Antibacterial Sludge

    Antibacterial Sludge 

    It's hard to find dishwashing liquids or hand soaps that don't advertise their "antibacterial" chemicals. But while it's unclear whether these chemicals actually help us, in this Science Updates you'll learn that there's new reason to believe they might do more harm than good.

  • Music & IQ

    Music & IQ 

    Studies suggest that music classes can benefit children not only culturally, but intellectually as well.

  • Asymmetry & Aggression

    Asymmetry & Aggression 

    Much of the work of scientists is making connections in unexpected places. In this Science Update, you'll hear of one example, a 2004 study that found a link between aggression and body symmetry that may go back to the womb.

  • Time Flies

    Time Flies 

    You can say "time flies when you're having fun," but this is also true when you're attention is focused on something difficult. A recent study may explain why.

  • Cowbird Nestmates

    Cowbird Nestmates 

    Anyone with older brothers or sisters has probably been bullied around at home at least once in a while. But if your older brother or sister were a cowbird, you'd probably have a lot more to complain about. You'll learn why in this Science Update.

  • Robot Farmers

    Robot Farmers 

    In this Science Update, learn about how scientists are now designing fleets of small, cheap robots that may revolutionize farming.

  • Fish Ears

    Fish Ears 

    New discoveries about a fish's mating ritual may shed light on a cause of hearing loss in humans.

  • Cough Medicines

    Cough Medicines 

    A 2004 report in the journal Pediatrics questioned the effectiveness of over-the-counter children's cough medicines. In this Science Update, you'll hear more about the study, and why some medicines may have escaped this sort of rigorous testing.

  • Thick & Thin Foods

    Thick & Thin Foods 

    From sodas to health shakes, people are drinking more calories than ever before. In this Science Update, hear how this increase may be linked to obesity.

  • Artificial Sweeteners

    Artificial Sweeteners 

    With millions of Americans following low-carb, low-sugar diets, artificial sweeteners are more popular than ever. You will learn in this Science Update, however, about new research that suggests that these sugar substitutes may actually promote overeating in the long term.

  • Subvocal Speech

    Subvocal Speech 

    Researchers are trying to develop a silent communication system using the nerve signals that tell your throat and tongue to form words.

What Are

Science Updates?

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