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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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Losing the sense of smell can have unexpected consequences.

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

  • 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: 2
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Dental plaque from ancient Neanderthals reveals that they used herbal remedies.

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Scientists teach bees how to move a tiny ball to learn about their cognitive abilities.

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

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  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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Gender stereotypes about extreme intelligence take hold in the early school years.

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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Scientists strive to keep our spacecraft germ-free.

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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Bats have specialized neurons that help them navigate towards a target.

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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Neuroscientists investigate how humans ponder what we’ve learned by studying the brains of monkeys.

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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Scientists discover a vertebrate brain circuit that triggers hunting, pouncing and biting.

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2017
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  • Added: Jan 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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Caption: Anna's hummingbird's have specialized neurons in their brains tuned to movement coming from every direction.  , Credit: Copyright Susanne C. Bard
Hummingbirds have vision that’s specially tuned to fast movement in every direction.

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  • Added: Jan 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
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New research shows that gifted and talented programs overlook qualified black and Hispanic kids.

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  • Added: Jan 07, 2017
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 2