Science Updates

  • Worm Language

    Worm Language 

    Hear how nematode worms have a surprisingly complex communication system.

  • Mercury's Volcanoes

    Mercury's Volcanoes 

    The planet Mercury seems placid compared to others in the solar system. But the MESSENGER spacecraft is revealing a more tumultuous past.

  • 27 Club Myth

    27 Club Myth 

    Statisticians test whether famous musicians are really more likely to die at age 27.

  • Infantile Justice

    Infantile Justice 

    Hear how eight-month-old babies seem to favor rewarding good behavior and punishing bad.

  • Changing IQ

    Changing IQ 

    Hear how some teenagers’ IQ scores changed significantly over a four-year period.

  • Gut Stem Cells

    Gut Stem Cells 

    Hear how overfeeding fruit flies sets off a chain reaction that makes their intestines grow.

  • Dolphin Healing

    Dolphin Healing 

    This Science Update explores how dolphins heal remarkably well after massive shark bites, and scientists want to know how they do it.

  • Promiscuous Finches

    Promiscuous Finches 

    In this Science Update, hear how promiscuity-related genes in finches may exist to solely benefit males.

  • Big Cold Animals

    Big Cold Animals 

    This Science Update explores a new explanation for why animals tend to grow larger at higher latitudes.

  • Asthma Patients

    Asthma Patients 

    This Science Update examines why some patients with "difficult-to-treat" asthma often turn out not to be taking their medication regularly.

  • Asparagus Odor

    Asparagus Odor 

    Chances are there's a kind of food you like that at least one friend finds disgusting, and vice versa. The same goes for smells. And while many factors undoubtedly affect our personal tastes, this Science Update examines how scientists are learning that things simply smell and taste different to different people.

  • Air Pollution & Pregnancy

    Air Pollution & Pregnancy 

    This Science Update examines how exposing pregnant women to a common air pollutant may impact their children's intelligence.

  • Theta Waves

    Theta Waves 

    Ever had the experience of trying to remember something and giving up—only to have it pop into your head later? Learn more in this Science Update.

What Are

Science Updates?

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