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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Caption: The Moon., Credit: Susanne Bard
Could a well-thrown baseball sail from the moon’s surface into orbit?

  • Added: Apr 08, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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A camera based on the complex eye of the morpho butterfly could improve cancer surgeries.

  • Added: Apr 08, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
Caption: Bowhead whale and calf., Credit: (NOAA/National Ocean Service)
The songs of Arctic bowhead whales are constantly changing.

  • Added: Apr 08, 2018
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Technology for turning plastic trash into energy could keep the garbage out of the ocean.

  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
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Tiny fibers from our washing machines could harm marine life.

  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
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Researchers learn about aggression and conflict by watching Formula One races.

  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
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Scientists decode the genome of a rare, primitive mammal with a venomous bite.

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2018
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Researchers use sonar to locate lost fishing gear that harms sealife.

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2018
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Infants use an early form of deductive reasoning.

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2018
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Caption: A wrasse "cleans" a larger fish. , Credit: Simon Gingins
Reef fish make better decisions when smaller fish keep them clean.

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2018
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Why false news spreads faster than the truth on social media.

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2018
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Alaska’s peak solar producing months are in the spring, rather than the summer.

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
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A slab of rock reveals what appears to be traces of a dinosaur dance party.

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
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Earth's bedrock helps many forests survive drought.

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
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How realistic are Star Wars’ lovable droids?

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
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Age-defying bats are providing clues into the prevention of diseases of old age.

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2018
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Sophisticated cave art in Spain may be the work of Neanderthals.

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2018
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Caption: Purple sea urchins grow to fit perfectly inside cavities that they create themselves. , Credit: Mike Russell (CC BY)
Sea urchins carve out their own homes in the rock with their teeth.

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2018
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Researchers are learning about aging from people over 80 who haven’t experienced cognitive decline.

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2018
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Pigeons serve as indicators of lead levels in city neighborhoods.

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2018
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