Science Updates

  • 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

  • Asteroid Watch

    Asteroid Watch 

    In this Science Update, you'll hear how a project of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Asteroid Watch, will allow citizens to track nearby asteroids online.

  • Wastewater Drug Mapping

    Wastewater Drug Mapping 

    In this Science Update, hear how testing wastewater for drugs may help scientists track regional changes in drug abuse.

  • Online Antiquities

    Online Antiquities 

    In this Science Update, found out how online auction sites have transformed the sale of ancient artifacts.

  • Not Dead Yet

    Not Dead Yet 

    Learn how chemical signals save Argentinian ants from being wrongly carted off for dead in this Science Update.

  • Computer Composer

    Computer Composer 

    Computers have been used in making music for decades now. This Science Update, however, discusses a new computer program that can generate an infinite amount of original music.

What Are

Science Updates?

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