So A-Peel-ing

Bananas just drive me… BANANAS! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Banana bread, banana smoothies, bananas foster – YUM! But our delicious bananas are in DANGER. A new disease called BXW is wreaking havoc on banana plants, especially in Africa.  Enter Jaindra Tripathi and colleagues

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Attack of the Mutants

Look out! Mutant armies on the attack! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Our bodies naturally recognize and fight cancers. One weapon? p53! That’s a protein that triggers cell death, stopping developing cancer cells in their tracks! But when this protein mutates and clusters, its

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Sickly Sweet

Are sugar-free alternatives a SWEET idea for your gut? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Think of your stomach as a mine. Deep down, the miners — your gut bacteria — work to break down food into nutrients you can use. Things go smoothly when

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Vanilla Warfare

Reduce, reuse, recycle…VANILLA? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Plastic wrapping, cups, utensils, oh my! Plastic production is contributing to a global waste crisis! One type of plastic in particular, P.E.T, can be recycled — but it doesn’t break down easily. Is there a sweet

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Orangutan Obstacles

Can I get extra fries with that Big Mac? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.  Rainforest animals like fruit-loving Bornean orangutans sometimes have trouble finding food due to deforestation and drought! They may eat 70% fewer calories than their bodies require. From a human perspective,

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Equid-ed

horse in desert

Animals don’t HORSE AROUND when it comes to water! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Imagine you’re lost in the desert — you’re parched. But the desert’s teeming with animals! How are they surviving? Eric Lundgren from the University of Technology in Sydney dug up

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Irr-elephant

Photo of group of elephants

Preventing cancer? Elephants may be up to the TUSK. This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Every cell has a chance to develop cancer. So within a species, larger animals, who have more cells, have higher cancer risk. Larger humans have higher risk of cancer, and

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Course-Correcting

Image of fast food from mcdonald's take out

Burgers again? You have GUT to be kidding me! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Imagine you’re seven again. Mom’s in the drive through for fast food. Can’t wait for those fries and milkshakes!  By contrast, . . . “adulting” means avoiding such fatty, carby

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Back on Track

Schematic shows how stem cells can differentiate into other types of cells.

Why do kids love Play-Doh? It can’t be for the taste! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Cuz you can make it into almost ANYTHING! Similarly, stem cells can turn into any different type of cells. Scientists are using them for novel treatments of

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The Hair Necessities

Female with gorgeous hair and flowers in her hair.

Look for the bare necessities! Or maybe… HAIR necessities! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Hair follicle stem cells located in our scalps keep our locks luscious. Scientists can grow these hair-makers from OTHER types of stem cells. However, the lab-grown variety doesn’t always work

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