Science Updates

  • 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.

  • Teaching Math Anxiety

    Teaching Math Anxiety 

    In this Science Update, hear how female teachers may pass their own math anxiety to the girls they teach.

  • One-Atom Linchpin

    One-Atom Linchpin 

    Learn why a single calcium atom can make or break a bacterium's movement—and infectiousness in this Science Update.

  • Driving and Talking

    Driving and Talking 

    Past studies have shown that talking on a cell phone impairs your driving. This Science Update examines how the reverse is also true—when people were driving, as opposed to just sitting in a car, they told pre-memorized stories less accurately.

  • Value of “Most”

    Value of “Most” 

    In this Science Update, hear how a professor of linguistics has estimated what "most" really means.

  • Vegetarian Spiders

    Vegetarian Spiders 

    In this Science Update, hear about a population of spiders in Mexico that subsists almost entirely on plants.

  • Early Climate Change

    Early Climate Change 

    Human activities like farming have contributed some amount of greenhouse gas to the atmosphere for ages

What Are

Science Updates?

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