Topic: Children & Families

November 29, 2017 Greener Diapers - A cornstarch based absorbent could lead to greener diapers.
October 27, 2017 Fever Birth Defects - Controlling fevers during early pregnancy may decrease the likelihood of congenital birth defects.
October 16, 2017 Bird Play & Tools - Birds, like humans infants, learn about the world around them through play.
October 13, 2017 Baby Talk - Moms the world over use the same vocal timbre when speaking to babies.
October 9, 2017 Identical Triplets - A listener asks if identical triplets are possible.
September 25, 2017 Infant Persistence - Babies persist when they see adults persist.
July 13, 2017 Artificial Dye Safety - Some people argue that food dyes are harmful to human health, but do decades of safety research back up these allegations?
June 29, 2017 Affirming Essays - Brief, self-affirming writing exercises can help minority students excel in school.
June 8, 2017 Early Autism Algorithm - Can brain studies predict autism in babies?
May 5, 2017 Oxytocin, Opioids & Sociability - A drug used to treat drug addiction offers clues into the brain chemistry behind autism.
May 4, 2017 Reading Infant Pain - Scientists measure babies’ pain via their brains.
February 24, 2017 Hawkmoth Flight - Insects called hawkmoths eat enormous amounts of sugar, but they don’t use it all for energy.
February 21, 2017 Talk Pedometer - “Talk pedometers” measure how many words children hear throughout the day in the home.
February 14, 2017 Indoor Myopia Explained - Qualities of indoor lighting may lead to nearsightedness.
January 30, 2017 Brilliance Stereotypes - Gender stereotypes about extreme intelligence take hold in the early school years.
January 26, 2017 Germy Fabrics - Objects like blankets and stuffed animals can theoretically spread illnesses, but it’s unlikely.
December 9, 2016 Sitting Close to the TV - A Science Update listener asks if sitting too close to the television can hurt your eyes.
December 7, 2016 Binge Drinking Teens - Could teenage binge drinking have effects on the next generation, even if they’re never exposed to alcohol?
November 22, 2016 Gifted & Overlooked - New research shows that gifted and talented programs overlook qualified black and Hispanic kids.
October 13, 2016 Chewing Gum Myth - Does it really take seven years to digest chewing gum?
August 5, 2016 Teen Brains - Teen brains are much more developed in some areas than others.
June 10, 2016 Googling Chicken Pox - Internet search engines can help predict disease outbreaks.
May 17, 2016 Mother’s Voice - Brain scans reveal the power of a mother’s voice on her child.
May 5, 2016 Teen Brains - Teen brains are much more developed in some areas than others.
May 2, 2016 Fraternal Twin Genetics - Scientists pinpoint two genes that help explain why fraternal twins are common in some extended families and not in others.
April 28, 2016 Babies & Music - A new study suggests musical games with their parents could not only boost babies’ musical development, but could help them recognize speech patterns, too.
April 27, 2016 Discipline & Empathy - A little empathy goes a long way when it comes to improving discipline problems in school.
April 26, 2016 Baboon Childhoods - Do baboons respond to trauma and stress in childhood the same way people do?
April 1, 2016 Adolescent Anxiety - Variations in a fear-controlling brain circuit could be a factor in adolescent anxiety disorders.
March 4, 2016 Flu Shots & Pregnancy - Flu shots protect pregnant women - and their babies.
February 19, 2016 Children & Noise - Research suggests that children can’t filter out noise the way adults can, with profound implications for learning.
February 14, 2016 Children & Noise - Research suggests that children can’t filter out noise the way adults can, with profound implications for learning.
January 15, 2016 Baby Tooth Cavities - Baby teeth fall out eventually. But that doesn't mean cavities in baby teeth should be ignored.
January 12, 2016 Bullying & Social Networks - Enlisting the help of influential students to reduce bullying and other conflict in schools.
January 8, 2016 Reversing Blindness in India - A project that restores sight to blind people in India is highlighting the resiliency of the human brain.
December 24, 2015 Kids & Sugar - Some children are much better at detecting sugar in food and drink than others.
October 12, 2015 Parents, Kids & Math - An educational app helps parents with math anxiety help their kids excel in the subject.
September 9, 2015 Pregnant Males - In seahorses, the males get pregnant and nurture the embryos.
August 27, 2015 Saving Preemies - A medical device built with aquarium pumps saves lives in developing countries.
August 20, 2015 The Drinkable Book - A book that purifies water could help reduce waterborne illnesses in developing countries.
August 17, 2015 Marmoset Baby Talk - A new study suggests baby marmosets’ calls change as they grow up - questioning more than 50 years of conventional wisdom about primate vocalizations.
July 21, 2015 Music & Literacy - Neuroscientists find that music class can boost students’ reading proficiency.
July 16, 2015 Dreaming During Development - REM sleep shapes the brain by replaying the day’s experiences.
June 22, 2015 The Trouble with R - The letter “R” is one of the hardest sounds we learn to pronounce; now scientists think they’ve identified what makes it so tricky.
May 11, 2015 Measles vs. the Immune System - The measles vaccine protects the immune system from other infectious diseases.
April 28, 2015 Alcohol & the Adolescent Brain - Heavy drinking before the age of 25 may lead to lasting changes in parts of the brain critical for memory and learning.
April 22, 2015 Race & School Discipline - Do African American students get labeled as troublemakers more quickly than other students do?
March 30, 2015 Intergenerational Child Abuse - Are children at greater risk of being abused if their own parents were maltreated?
February 5, 2015 Science or Nonsense? - ENCORE PRESENTATION - From the Science Update archives: Science confronts alternative medicine and vaccine myths. Also: Can we learn anything from violent video games?
October 13, 2014 Curiosity to Learn - Heightened curiosity about one subject primes people to learn less interesting information as well.