Science Updates

  • Worry Beads

    Worry Beads 

    This Science Update takes a look at why you might keep your hands busy when you're stressed.

  • Cold Sensors

    Cold Sensors 

    Why can you feel cold even when you're sitting in a warm room? Scientists may have discovered the answer.

  • Phone Fibbing

    Phone Fibbing 

    In this Science Update, find out why some kinds of communication are more trustworthy than others.

  • Ping-Pong Avalanches

    Ping-Pong Avalanches 

    In this Science Update, you'll hear how ping-pong balls may help predict the path of a deadly snow avalanche.

  • 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.

What Are

Science Updates?

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