Science Updates

  • 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.

  • Mummy’s Curse

    Mummy’s Curse 

    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.

  • Vitamin C Origin

    Vitamin C Origin 

    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.

  • Houses and Environment

    Houses and Environment 

    As number of households is increasing faster than the human population is growing, it puts a strain on our energy resources.

  • Robotic Dog

    Robotic Dog 

    In this Science Update, learn about researchers who are trying to see if an interactive robot can act as a substitute for a pet.

  • Drying Dishes

    Drying Dishes 

    Learn how how a quirk of dish drying shows off a fundamental idea behind the chemistry of water.

  • Pumpkin Planet

    Pumpkin Planet 

    In this Science Update, learn how the water around us is literally changing the shape of the earth.

  • 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.

What Are

Science Updates?

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