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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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New research suggests that not just newborns, but fetuses, too, preferentially favor the human face.

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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Paleontologists find the world’s oldest mushroom fossil.

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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Researchers identify genetic factors that grounded a species of birds whose relatives all can fly.

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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Snakes cooperate to snag bats on the wing.

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  • Added: May 28, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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A changing climate three million years ago drove whales to evolve to the giant size they are today.

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  • Added: May 28, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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A common blood pressure drug could prevent skin cancer.

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  • Added: May 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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High-resolution space satellites monitor threatened albatross populations in remote areas of the world.

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  • Added: May 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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Ancient dinosaur proteins could reveal how the Mesozoic creatures dealt with high carbon dioxide levels.

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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Giant robotic 3D printers can rapidly construct whole buildings, and could build moon bases, remote research stations, and more.

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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What star-nosed moles reveal about the specialized mammalian brain.

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  • Added: Apr 24, 2017
  • Length: :59
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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 4