Science Updates

  • 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.

  • Like-Minded Media

    Like-Minded Media 

    A research study indicates that when it comes to news media, people prefer to look at information that reinforces their own beliefs.

  • Birdsong and Climate

    Birdsong and Climate 

    In this Science Update, you can learn how birds that live in more variable climates sing more sophisticated songs.

  • Life Light

    Life Light 

    Hear about how scientists attempt to detect the presence of extraterrestrial life from a great distance.

  • Sports Drinks

    Sports Drinks 

    The acidity in sports drinks wears down tooth enamel—and brushing can worsen the problem.

  • Instant Immunity

    Instant Immunity 

    Hear about a technique that creates all-purpose antibodies that can be activated at a moment's notice.

  • Giant Snake

    Giant Snake 

    A collection of vertebrae, or spinal bones, in modern-day Colombia led Bloch's team to make an inference about the climate in the prehistoric tropics.

  • Server Naps

    Server Naps 

    In this Science Update, find out if programming big computer servers to shut on and off in fractions of a second could save huge amounts of power.

  • Polarized Mirages

    Polarized Mirages 

    In this Science Update, learn why polarized light from shiny surfaces looks like water to insects.

  • Talking & Driving

    Talking & Driving 

    Several studies have found that hands-free cell phones affect drivers just as much as hand-held models.

  • Fish Food

    Fish Food 

    In this Science Update learn about how eating more small fish might actually help to protect their populations.

  • Thoreau's Plants

    Thoreau's Plants 

    In this Science Update, hear how researches are using Henry David Thoreau's plant journals to study climate change.

  • Atmospheric Aspirin

    Atmospheric Aspirin 

    When people feel stressed, their hearts start beating fast, they breathe harder, and their stomach ties in knots. But what happens when trees get stressed? You can find out 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.