Science Updates

  • Breathing Video Games

    Breathing Video Games 

    Many kids with cystic fibrosis do a kind of breathing therapy called "huffing"—a series of sharp exhales to clear their airways. It's meant to be done several times a day, but kids get bored with it and slack off. This Science Update explores a study where kids with cystic fibrosis tried a video game-based breathing therapy to see if it would increase the rate at which the kids would do their huffing exercises.

  • Healing Honey

    Healing Honey 

    A kind of honey from New Zealand may reverse antibiotic resistance in wound infections.

  • Refreshing Judgments

    Refreshing Judgments 

    In this Science Update, find out why prisoners up for parole stand a better chance with a judge who's just had a meal break.

  • Everglades Pythons

    Everglades Pythons 

    A study of the stomach contents of non native Burmese pythons living in the Everglades shows how many different species the pythons have been poaching.

  • Blaming the Hero

    Blaming the Hero 

    This Science Update explores how victims are much more likely to be excused for bad behavior than heroes.

  • Popularity & Bullying

    Popularity & Bullying 

    In this Science Update, learn why kids tend to get more aggressive as they get more popular—up to a point.

  • Memory Tagging

    Memory Tagging 

    In this Science Update, hear how the brain may "tag" certain experiences for long-term storage during sleep.

  • Revised Periodic Table

    Revised Periodic Table 

    In this Science Update, hear about the first significant revision in over half a century to the Periodic Table of the Elements.

  • Androgynous Snails

    Androgynous Snails 

    This Science Update examines how, depending on the species, males and females may face different evolutionary pressures for mating.

  • Placebo Standards

    Placebo Standards 

    In this Science Update, learn about a recent report that calls for standardizing placebos.

  • Wasted Food Energy

    Wasted Food Energy 

    In this Science Update, hear how reducing food waste could translate into big energy savings.

  • Rail Space Launcher

    Rail Space Launcher 

    In this Science Update, find out why giving spacecraft a running start on a long rail may significantly reduce launch costs.

  • One-Sided Conversations

    One-Sided Conversations 

    In this Science Update, learn why overhearing one end of a cell phone conversation may distract you in ways that a two-way conversation wouldn't.

  • Tissue Regeneration

    Tissue Regeneration 

    In this Science Update, hear how newts have inspired a new technique for regenerating mammalian tissue.

  • Fearless Aphids

    Fearless Aphids 

    Researchers have tried breeding plants that produce a " false alarm" pheromone that will warn aphids to avoid them.

  • Changing Oceans

    Changing Oceans 

    According to a landmark study in the journal Science, climate change is transforming the world's oceans, at a potentially huge cost. You'll hear more about it in this Science Update.

  • Schizophrenia & Creativity

    Schizophrenia & Creativity 

    In this Science Update, find out about how the brains of healthy, creative people share some similarities with those of schizophrenic patients.

What Are

Science Updates?

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