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Science Update

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Science Update is the daily, one-minute radio feature of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS0. Broadcast nationally since 1988, Science Update covers research in all areas of science, from aardvarks to zygotes and even, on rare occasions, aardvark zygotes. We also answer listener questions phoned into our toll-free line 1-800-WHY-ISIT (4748) or emailed from our website, www.scienceupdate.com. Stories come from major scientific journals including Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Physics Review Letters and Science magazine, as well as major scientific conferences and the results of our reporters snooping around labs.

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What star-nosed moles reveal about the specialized mammalian brain.

  • Added: Apr 24, 2017
  • Length: :59
Caption: A naked mole-rat., Credit: Roland Gockel/MDC
An odd-looking little mammal uses a trick from the plant kingdom to survive without oxygen.

  • Added: Apr 21, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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Road salt is slowly turning many northern lakes and streams salty.

Bought by KENW and WLPR


  • Added: Apr 20, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Computer scientists discover bias in artificial intelligence programs.

Bought by WLPR


  • Added: Apr 20, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Distant dust helps bring vital nutrients to mountain ecosystems.

Bought by KENW and WLPR


  • Added: Apr 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Some night owls may have a mutation that lengthens their circadian clock.

Bought by KENW and WLPR


  • Added: Apr 09, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 2
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How does our brain associate certain smells with vivid memories?

Bought by KENW and WLPR


  • Added: Apr 09, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 2
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It’s annoying to have to reapply sunscreens throughout the day, and researchers are working on longer-lasting versions.

Bought by KENW


  • Added: Apr 09, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Losing the sense of smell can have unexpected consequences.

Bought by KENW and WLPR


  • Added: Mar 23, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Rare New Zealand parrots start playing spontaneously when they hear certain calls.

Bought by KENW and WLPR


  • Added: Mar 23, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Bursts of high intensity aerobics revive aging cells.

Bought by WLPR, KMXT, and KENW


  • Added: Mar 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Dental plaque from ancient Neanderthals reveals that they used herbal remedies.

Bought by WLPR and KENW


  • Added: Mar 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Scientists teach bees how to move a tiny ball to learn about their cognitive abilities.

Bought by KENW and WLPR


  • Added: Feb 25, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Planetary scientists puzzle over a strange, hexagonal storm on Saturn.

Bought by KENW, WLPR, and Radio Baha'i, WLGI


  • Added: Feb 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 3
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“Talk pedometers” measures how many words children hear throughout the day in the home.

Bought by KENW, WLPR, and Radio Baha'i, WLGI


  • Added: Feb 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Qualities of indoor lighting may lead to nearsightedness.

Bought by KENW, WLPR, and Radio Baha'i, WLGI


  • Added: Feb 18, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Playing birdsongs near roads can entice birds to repopulate abandoned habitat.

Bought by WLPR, KKWE Niijii Radio, Radio Baha'i, WLGI, and KENW


  • Added: Feb 13, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Songbirds, like people, may need to warm up their voices before they sing.

Bought by WLPR, Radio Baha'i, WLGI, and KENW


  • Added: Feb 06, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 3
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A computer program finally beats the pros at poker.

Bought by WLPR, Radio Baha'i, WLGI, and KENW


  • Added: Feb 06, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Scientists decipher the key to LSD’s staying power.

Bought by WLPR, Radio Baha'i, WLGI, and KENW


  • Added: Jan 28, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 3