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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New research shows that salamanders are more adaptable to warming temperatures than was thought.

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Turning cancer cells into cancer-fighting machines.

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2018
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Caption: Aerial view of some of the fish-salting tanks (cetaria) in the ancient Roman city of Baelo Claudia, near today's Tarifa in Spain. , Credit: D. Bernal-Casasola, University of Cadiz
Whales used the Mediterranean as breeding grounds during ancient Roman times.

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2018
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Caption: An orangutan mother and infant in heavily disturbed landscape dominated by oil palm plantations in the Lower Kinabatangan floodplain, Malaysia Borneo. , Credit: (HUTAN KOCP Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Programme)
Orangutans may be more resilient to human disturbance than once thought.

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  • Added: Jul 08, 2018
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Caption: Swamp Sparrow, Credit: Robert Lachlan
How a small songbird’s cultural traditions persist for more than a thousand years.

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  • Added: Jun 30, 2018
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Caption: Giant Anteater, Credit:  (Projeto Tamanduá/www.tamandua.org)
How giant anteaters get enough food into their tiny mouths to survive.

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  • Added: Jun 30, 2018
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Can tweets reveal how thoughts and moods shift throughout the day?

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  • Added: Jun 30, 2018
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When it comes to lifespan, do humans have a fixed finish line?

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  • Added: Jun 30, 2018
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High levels of CO2 may reduce levels of crop nutrients.

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2018
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Merging living muscle with synthetic bones.

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2018
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Some lizards thrive despite a toxic pigment that turns their blood green.

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  • Added: May 27, 2018
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Are ape beds cleaner than ours?

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  • Added: May 27, 2018
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What if you could have someone else’s memories?

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  • Added: May 19, 2018
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Footprints reveal an encounter between human hunters and the now extinct giant ground sloth.

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  • Added: May 05, 2018
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Researchers make a map of the brain cells that transmit pain.

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  • Added: May 05, 2018
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Some whales hear with their entire skulls.

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  • Added: May 05, 2018
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Caption: The Moon., Credit: Susanne Bard
Could a well-thrown baseball sail from the moon’s surface into orbit?

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  • 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.

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

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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Technology for turning plastic trash into energy could keep the garbage out of the ocean.

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
  • Length: 01:00
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