Science Updates

  • Cold Car Start

    Cold Car Start 

    In places where it gets below freezing in the wintertime, weather reports always include both the air temperature and the wind chill—that is, how cold it feels with the wind blowing. Wind makes the temperature feel colder because it carries heat away from our bodies. In this Science Update, you'll hear how the wind affects car engines in a similar way.

  • Transplant Tolerance

    Transplant Tolerance 

    In this Science Update, hear how researchers are studying the eye's unique response to injury or infection to help with future organ transplants.

  • Viking Longhouse

    Viking Longhouse 

    In this Science Update, hear how the discovery of a longhouse points to Vikings being in the new world long before Columbus.

  • Lizard Mates

    Lizard Mates 

    Female lizards prefer to mate with males who occupy more desirable territory.

  • Gait Recognition

    Gait Recognition 

    This Science Update explains how scientists are developing ways to identify and analyze walking patterns from a distance.

  • Art Algorithms

    Art Algorithms 

    Art conservation is traditionally a painstaking and time-consuming business. But the process of fixing up a damaged Da Vinci or a scarred Seurat may become a lot easier, thanks to the work of mathematicians. You'll find out why in this Science Update.

  • Sticky Mittens

    Sticky Mittens 

    A study looking at how early experiences can affect learning, especially the connection between physical and mental development in babies.

  • Rat Sleep

    Rat Sleep 

    In this Science Update, learn about how the true purpose of dreaming may be learning.

  • Solar Power from Moon

    Solar Power from Moon 

    Solar power is clean, abundant, and becoming cheaper and more efficient all the time. Unfortunately, however, the sun isn't always there when you need it—like when it's cloudy, or it's raining, or it's nighttime. In this Science Update, you'll hear about an ambitious plan to get around that problem.

  • Anthrax Antibodies

    Anthrax Antibodies 

    In this Science Update, you will learn about efforts to make a better vaccine against anthrax.

  • Litter Life

    Litter Life 

    Floating trash could be a significant way for unwanted organisms to travel to distant lands.

  • Mercury Sunrise

    Mercury Sunrise 

    In this Science Update, hear why mercury is showing up in Arctic wildlife at higher rates than other regions.

  • Cell Phones & Driving

    Cell Phones & Driving 

    When you're driving a car, your eyes are in constant motion—scanning the road for signs, pedestrians, and potential hazards. But if you're talking on a cell phone, watch out: it may give you tunnel vision. You'll find out why in this Science Update.

  • SealCam


    In this Science Update, you'll hear about a daring group of underwater photographers who wear nothing but a layer of blubber.

  • Parrot Learning

    Parrot Learning 

    In this episode, hear from a researcher who believes parrots may develop language-like communication and other abilities in ways similar to humans.

  • All Species Inventory

    All Species Inventory 

    This Science Update looks at the field of taxonomy, one of the oldest practices in biology, and how a group of scientists and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs is trying to bring it into the twenty-first century.

  • Billiard Break

    Billiard Break 

    The early 20th century comedian W.C. Fields used to have an old Vaudeville routine where he'd set up to play a game of pool, and he'd hit all the balls in with one shot. It turns out that the balls had strings attached to them, and an accomplice hiding under the table simply pulled the balls into the pockets. In this Science Update, you'll find out if there's a legitimate way to do what W.C. Fields did, without needing special effects.

What Are

Science Updates?

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