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Science Update

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Science Update is a daily, 60-second feature covering the latest science news in a fun, accessible style. This multi-award winning show has been on the air nationally since January of 1988.

Science Update is a 60-second news feature that provides your listeners with their minimum daily requirement of science every weekday. Science Update covers science, engineering, medicine-- everything from aardarks to zygotes and, on rare occasions, aardvark zygotes. We post the five shows for each week on the Thursday afternoon of the week before so you can get them in your system, ready to go. Every package, including a short tease, is exactly 60 seconds, so you can wrap it around a 30 second station id or funder blurb and have it fit nicely into your clock. In addition to news, we also answer listeners' questions, phoned into our toll-free line 1-800-WHY-ISIT (4748) or emailed to us from our website, www.scienceupdate.com


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A new therapy could provide relief for people with severe tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2018
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An array of seismographs provides an unprecedented look at the earth beneath the United States.

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Engineers create animal-inspired muscles for robots.

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Caption: Fizi, an adult male bonobo at Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary., Credit: Christopher Krupenye
One of our closest relatives, the bonobos, may have very different attitudes toward altruistic behavior in others.

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2018
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A listener asks: Why do I get a headache if I go without coffee?

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2017
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A new test for viral infections promises cheaper and faster results.

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2017
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Researchers sniff out a bad breath gene.

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2017
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Robotic birds help reveal which aspects of a pair’s coordinated song and dance are most important to an avian audience.

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2017
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Alaska leads the way to a more independent and renewable energy supply.

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2017
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The byproducts of Greek yogurt could be turned into jet fuel.

  • Added: Dec 23, 2017
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A college education can leave some students with a health debt.

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  • Added: Dec 23, 2017
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The right ear listens and comprehends slightly better than the left.

  • Added: Dec 23, 2017
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The holidays may pose a surprising danger for your pet.

  • Added: Dec 23, 2017
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Understanding the genes behind mosquitoes’ biting behavior.

  • Added: Dec 23, 2017
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Learning about how the human body moves from anatomically accurate humanoid robots.

  • Added: Dec 23, 2017
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Some rodents have an impaired ability to sense the cold, allowing them to hibernate in winter.

  • Added: Dec 23, 2017
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Turning saltwater to drinking water with sunlight.

  • Added: Dec 13, 2017
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Scientists develop a device that can purify genetic material from any organism right in the field.

  • Added: Dec 13, 2017
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These mysterious single-tusked denizens of the Arctic have a paradoxical response to danger.

  • Added: Dec 13, 2017
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Machine learning algorithms like those used by social media companies can classify dolphin echolocation clicks.

  • Added: Dec 13, 2017
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