Science Updates

  • Bear Bones

    Bear Bones 

    An estimated ten million Americans have osteoporosis, an age-related disease in which the bones gradually become brittle and weak. Now, scientists are looking to animals for clues on how to combat this condition.

  • Squirrel Hoarding

    Squirrel Hoarding 

    Many grays squirrels used to be forest dwellers but have been forced into urban areas due to loss of land. Hear how that loss is affecting the forests.

  • Skunk Removal

    Skunk Removal 

    The spray of a skunk is not only incredibly stinky—it's also notoriously difficult to get rid of. An old folk remedy is to bathe in tomato juice, but tests show that only masks the odor. In this Science Update, you'll hear about a better way to neutralize the stink.

  • Pizza Cheese

    Pizza Cheese 

    In this Science Update, find out why when you heat up leftover slices of pizza, the flavor often isn't quite the same.

  • Road Rubber

    Road Rubber 

    In this Science Update, find out where all the worn-down tire rubber ends up.

  • Bacterial Batteries

    Bacterial Batteries 

    Bacteria get a bad rap for causing disease, but many of these organisms are beneficial. Without them, we wouldn't be able to digest our food, and garbage would never decompose. This Science Update describes how one group of scientists has found another way to put bacteria to work.

  • Vibrating Insoles

    Vibrating Insoles 

    In this Science Update, learn how vibrating insoles could help seniors keep their balance.

  • Sea Sponge Fibers

    Sea Sponge Fibers 

    In this Science Update, learn how scientists are finding the secrets to improving fiber optics from the ocean depths.

  • Saving Aleut

    Saving Aleut 

    In this Science Update, learn about a project now underway that aims to document a culture before it's lost.

  • Fatherly Fish

    Fatherly Fish 

    Some fish dads take pride in parenting, even flaunting their abilities to attract new mates.

  • Biblical Tunnel

    Biblical Tunnel 

    Science and religion have often been at odds. For instance, it took the Catholic Church more than 350 years to rescind its condemnation of Galileo for asserting that the earth wasn't the center of the universe. But now, scientists have proven that one Bible story is right on track.

  • Phage Comeback

    Phage Comeback 

    In this Science Update, learn about how a treatment from the past is making inroads against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

  • Shyness


    In this Science Update, find out if differences in temperament may be related to differences in brain structure.

  • Bacteria Ballistics

    Bacteria Ballistics 

    In this Science Update, you'll hear about an unusual experiment that explores whether microbes from Mars may have once seeded the Earth.

  • Faces in Space

    Faces in Space 

    In this Science Update, you'll hear about a proposed system to spot signs of burnout on marathon space flights.

  • T. Rex Bully

    T. Rex Bully 

    Evidence leads some scientists to believe that Tyrannosaurus rex was more of a scavenger than a ferocious predator.

  • Born for Strokes

    Born for Strokes 

    When a pregnant woman doesn't take care of herself, you might expect her baby to suffer from birth defects or childhood illnesses. But what happens when her baby grows up? In this Science Update, you'll hear about a recent study that suggests that malnutrition in the womb can come back to haunt you well into adulthood.

  • Clumsy Kids

    Clumsy Kids 

    We've all seen stereotypical teenage nerds tripping over themselves in movies and on sitcoms, but the truth is that most adolescents feel awkward and clumsy at some point in their lives. In this Science Update, you'll hear where some of that klutziness comes from.

What Are

Science Updates?

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