Science Updates

  • Popsicle Flavors

    Popsicle Flavors 

    In this Science Update, hear why homemade popsicles never taste quite as good as the ones you buy in the store.

  • The Core

    The Core 

    In this Science Update, hear about a proposal to send a robotic probe to the rim of the earth's fiery core.

  • Disappearing Fish

    Disappearing Fish 

    In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, authors like Herman Melville, Jules Verne, and Ernest Hemingway pitted grizzled adventurers against the mightiest creatures of the ocean. Today, the struggle of man-versus-nature is quite a different contest. This Science Update tells us that the world's biggest fish are now in serious jeopardy.

  • Drug Cravings

    Drug Cravings 

    Many drug users successfully break their habit in rehab, only to resume abusing drugs once they re-enter the real world. In this Science Update, you'll hear about new research in rats that reveals why staying off drugs can be so difficult.

  • Antibacterial Pollution

    Antibacterial Pollution 

    A lot of household products nowadays claim to be antibacterial—containing compounds that kill viruses, bacteria, and other germs on contact. But what happens to these compounds when they get washed down the drain? You'll learn about one worrisome possibility in this Science Update.

  • Dryer Sheets

    Dryer Sheets 

    Listen to this Science Update to learn how positively charged particles are attracted to negatively charged particles in your laundry.

  • Cell Phone Traffic

    Cell Phone Traffic 

    Many people stuck in traffic pass the time or take care of business by making calls on their cell phone. Now, scientists have found another way to put that talk time to work. You'll hear about it in this Science Update.

  • Horse Bones

    Horse Bones 

    Hear how studying horses may help engineers improve human flight in air and space.

  • Pueblo Migrations

    Pueblo Migrations 

    In this Science Update, you'll hear about a 20-year effort to learn what happened to the ancient residents of the American Southwest.

  • Lying


    When it comes to lying, we tend to judge ourselves less harshly than we judge others.

  • Night Lights

    Night Lights 

    In this Science Update, hear why bright nighttime lights could also be bad for women's health.

  • Dangerous Hail

    Dangerous Hail 

    Every year, tornadoes, hurricanes, and snowstorms claim lives and cause injuries. But strangely, hailstorms, which pelt the ground with hard balls of ice, never seem to hit human targets. This Science Update examines the reasons why this happens.

  • Eavesdropping Plants

    Eavesdropping Plants 

    Learn about a study that offers an example of the many sophisticated ways that a plant can respond to its environment.

  • Big Heads

    Big Heads 

    If somebody is really smart, other people might say: "She's got a really big brain." But when it comes to brains, does size really matter? In this Science Update, you'll hear the complicated answer to that simple question.

  • Genes and Geography

    Genes and Geography 

    In a study on genetic variation, the differences between populations aren't as dramatic as the researchers expected.

  • Mona Lisa’s Smile

    Mona Lisa’s Smile 

    In this Science Update, hear how Mona Lisa's famous smile changes depending on where you look on the painting.

What Are

Science Updates?

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