Science Updates

  • Hurricanes


    Hurricanes cycle through long periods of high and low activity.

  • Hominid Diet

    Hominid Diet 

    Learn about what fossils reveal about the unusual diet of early hominids.

  • Glowing Wounds

    Glowing Wounds 

    This Science Update reveals how tales that may sound like supernatural fiction could actually be science fact.

  • Curve Balls

    Curve Balls 

    About the only math most folks do around a baseball diamond is quoting their favorite player's batting average. But it turns out that baseball may actually have a thing or two to teach mathematicians. You'll learn why in this Science Update.

  • Cheese Tomography

    Cheese Tomography 

    A hot area in engineering is the idea of non-destructive evaluation—using sophisticated scanning techniques to examine an item without taking it apart or cutting it open. In this Science Update, you'll learn about how one researcher has adapted the technology for a rather tasty material.

  • Elephant Grass

    Elephant Grass 

    In this Science Update, you can hear about how researchers make car parts out of biodegradable plastic using elephant grass as a filler.

  • Ozone Fill-up

    Ozone Fill-up 

    In this Science Update, find out whether it's possible to take direct action to repair the holes in the ozone layer.

  • Wheelchairs


    In this Science Update, hear how exchanging technology with some of the world's poorest countries is helping to build better wheelchairs.

  • Marine Reserves

    Marine Reserves 

    This Science Update looks at the unexpected impact marine reserves have on their surroundings.

  • Musical Illusion

    Musical Illusion 

    Listen to a musical illusion, which causes us to hear what isn't there, and find out what it tells us about the infant brain.

  • Blood Cholesterol

    Blood Cholesterol 

    People who give blood generally do so out of a desire to help their fellow human beings. However, could donating blood provide any health benefits to the donor? This Science Update examines whether or not donating blood lowers your cholesterol.

  • Cat's Meow

    Cat's Meow 

    This Science Update focuses on the cat's meow and how it is used to communicate its needs and wants.

  • Stone Age Tunes

    Stone Age Tunes 

    Most people don't think of cavemen as being very sophisticated, but the discovery of prehistoric musical instruments might change that opinion.

  • Zapping Fish

    Zapping Fish 

    In this Science Update, learn why fish don't get electrocuted when lightning strikes the water.

  • Reading Glasses

    Reading Glasses 

    In this Science Update, find out why the need for reading glasses seems to be an inevitable part of growing older.

What Are

Science Updates?

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