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.
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.
In this Science Update, you'll hear how one species keeps from getting lost.
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.
Listen to this Science Update to learn how positively charged particles are attracted to negatively charged particles in your laundry.
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.
Hear how studying horses may help engineers improve human flight in air and space.
In this Science Update, you'll hear about a 20-year effort to learn what happened to the ancient residents of the American Southwest.
When it comes to lying, we tend to judge ourselves less harshly than we judge others.
In this Science Update, hear why bright nighttime lights could also be bad for women's health.
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.
Learn about a study that offers an example of the many sophisticated ways that a plant can respond to its environment.
In this Science Update, learn how the earth got tilted on its axis.
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.
Replacing damaged vocal cord tissue with a lab-grown material may restore lost voices.
In a study on genetic variation, the differences between populations aren't as dramatic as the researchers expected.
In this Science Update, hear how Mona Lisa's famous smile changes depending on where you look on the painting.
This Science Update discusses how planets called gas giants form.
Learn about a scientific investigation that tested the legend that said anyone who dared enter a mummy's tomb would die a horrible, premature death.
Strawberries are packed with vitamin C. In this Science Update, hear about a scientist who's studying strawberries to help make other plants more nutritious.