Science Updates

  • Emotion Perception

    Emotion Perception 

    Children who have been physically abused often develop social problems, and a researcher studies why this happens.

  • High Pressure

    High Pressure 

    Learn how models help scientists study difficult environments like the earth's interior.

  • Talking Lights

    Talking Lights 

    Fluorescent lights could be used for more than illumination if their flickering patterns turned into code.

  • Visual Math

    Visual Math 

    In this Science Update, hear how people may rely on a type of mental map to understand relationships between numbers.

  • Mars Hotel

    Mars Hotel 

    Hear about research to try to make long distance space travel more comfortable for astronauts.

  • Clocking T. rex

    Clocking T. rex 

    Special effects can make moviegoers feel like they’re in another world—perhaps exploring another planet, swimming the ocean depths, or facing down a dinosaur. Those effects are meant to be entertaining, but not necessarily scientifically accurate. In this Science Update, you’ll hear how one of the most popular movies in history managed to achieve both—by accident.

  • Tree Torture

    Tree Torture 

    In this Science Update, hear about the effects of groundwater pumping on the health of riverbank ecosystems.

  • Monogamous Voles

    Monogamous Voles 

    Learn why two different species of rodents, called voles, have very different strategies for post-mating relationships.

  • Proteome


    In this Science Update, you’ll hear about a group that’s working to unravel the mystery of how human genes generate such a large number of proteins.

  • Nematodes


    In this Science Update, you’ll hear how genetically engineered tomatoes may be able to resist parasitic worms without the use of toxic pesticides.

  • Eye Tracking

    Eye Tracking 

    In this Science Update, you’ll hear how scientists can measure the way we process language by observing people’s eye movements.

  • Solar Blind

    Solar Blind 

    We’ve always been warned not to look at the sun, for fear of burning out the cells in our retinas. It turns out that even photodetectors—devices specially designed to measure light—can’t look at the sun either, but for a different reason: they’re rendered useless when flooded with the sun’s intense rays. In this Science Update, you’ll hear about a new photodetector that’s not afraid to stare the sun straight in the eye.

  • Diagnostic Microchip

    Diagnostic Microchip 

    Many diseases don't develop noticeable symptoms until they've already done considerable damage. That's why doctors would like to get a closer look at the first signs of disease: tiny changes in the way our cells communicate with each other. In this Science Update, you’ll hear about an innovative plan to get closer to those early distress signals.

  • Hamsters


    Researchers are using hamsters to understand the roots of aggression.

  • Color-Coded DNA

    Color-Coded DNA 

    Many people now get their DNA tested for hereditary diseases, including Huntington’s Disease and some cancers. But soon, DNA may also be used to diagnose infectious diseases, from salmonella to HIV. In this Science Update, you’ll hear about a developing technology that could make this possible.

  • South Pole Scope

    South Pole Scope 

    Learn how Astronomers study the past by using a powerful telescope to measure light that has been traveling for billions of years.

  • Zeolites


    In this Science Update, hear how scientists are creating new ways to separate toxic waste and dangerous chemicals from the environment.

  • Tomato Mold

    Tomato Mold 

    In this Science Update, hear about a researcher who’s helping tomato plants fight back against black mold.

What Are

Science Updates?

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