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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Scientists discover that giraffes inherit their spots.

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Caption: The 1918 influenza pandemic killed 50 million people., Credit: US Army
Scientists are learning from history’s most deadly pandemic.

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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A new study shows that birds can learn from recordings in the wild.

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Caption: The 2017 total eclipse on August 21, 2017, Credit: Susanne Bard
The 2017 total solar eclipse captured the public imagination and taught kids about bees.

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Caption: Do dogs understand our words?, Credit: Susanne Bard
How much human language does your dog really understand?

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Virtual reality experiences could boost empathy.

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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A listener wants to know if skunks are repelled by their own smell.

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  • Added: Oct 06, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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The most helpful toddlers show empathy when they’re infants.

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  • Added: Oct 06, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Girls get slightly higher grades in science and math worldwide than boys, but fewer enter STEM professions.

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  • Added: Oct 06, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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A giant insect gobbles up guppies – and other small animals.

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  • Added: Sep 25, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Researchers win an award for original work on implicit bias.

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Spring is arriving early to North American wildlife refuges because of climate change.

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Two areas of our brain communicate to filter out the noise caused by our own movements.

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Green roofs in New York City attract birds.

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  • Added: Sep 08, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Caption: Merzouga, Morocco Sahara desert camel trek, Credit:  Evaldas Liutkus/Flickr/CCO
Solar and wind farms would provide abundant electricity to the Sahara desert, and result in increased rainfall and vegetation as well.

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  • Added: Sep 08, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Marshes could help cool off of increasingly hot summer conditions.

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  • Added: Sep 08, 2018
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The metaphor of the Tortoise and the Hare can be applied to the speed of life of animals of all sizes, according to new research.

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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30 years of satellite data confirms that the Arctic is greening.

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Caption: What sets a worker apart from a queen bee?, Credit: maggiedurch/Pixabay
The diet of baby bees activates genes that turn some into workers and others into queens.

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  • Added: Aug 27, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Robots help children with autism develop social skills at home.

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  • Added: Aug 27, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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