Science Updates

  • 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.

  • Cell Phone Air Sensors

    Cell Phone Air Sensors 

    This Science Update looks at how installing chemical sensors in cell phones could create a worldwide system for identifying dangerous airborne toxins.

  • Nose Biometrics

    Nose Biometrics 

    In this Science Update, learn why your nose may be an efficient and useful form of ID.

What Are

Science Updates?

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