Flash Dance

It all happens in a flash! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Solar power is so cool — the sun comes out and on go your lights! HOW does that happen? It starts with chemicals like methyl viologen. They react with light to generate power.

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Gobble Gobble!

Pass the turkey – with extra tryptophan, please! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We love our friendly gut bacteria – they help break down our Thanksgiving dinner! However, people with Celiac disease have less of this bacteria, leading to extra digestion troubles. What’s a

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Golden Ticket

There’s gold in them there … bacteria? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When gold and copper are surrounded by certain other chemicals, they’re toxic to the environment. This can hurt the soil, and, in turn, the plants and animals living there. But Nature has

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Stinky Breath

Does my breath smell bad? Be honest! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Worrying about bad breath is the WORST! And you can’t ask just any stranger to check it for you. But Hamin Shin and researchers from KAIST and Samsung in South Korea want

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Superhearing!

Say what, Batman?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Are those bats talking about ME? Bats can both squeak and hear at frequencies so high, you’d need SUPER-hearing to detect it! Or at least – BAT-hearing? Enter Ville Pulkki and colleagues at Aalto University in

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Perfectly Popped

What’s POPPIN’? Sounds like…snacktime! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ding! Popcorn’s ready! But oh no! It’s either burnt or there’s tons of unpopped kernels . . . or BOTH!! How do you guarantee perfectly popped, fluffy goodness every time? Enter Marcelo Akita Saito at

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Step It Up!

Four young people in sneakers. Photo by Ben Weber on Unsplash.

My shoes are too tight! Knot again! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Time to buy new school shoes AGAIN? You blink and the kids have outgrown them! Is it okay to just squeeeeeeze their feet into last year’s pair? Elsa Matthias and colleagues at

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Scuba Lizards

Image from article showing anole species forming an air bubbles underwater to “rebreathe”

So! How long can YOU hold your breath under water? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We humans need an oxygen tank to go scuba diving. What would a lizard use?  Christopher Boccia at University of Toronto, Canada, and an international team study small anole

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Garden Party

Image of T-rex with skeleton showing.

Bye bye dinosaurs, hello . . . flowers? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs ALWAYS gets a bad rap. But what if it led to — a landscape makeover? With international colleagues, Mónica Carvalho and Carlos Jaramillo from the

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Useful Leftovers

Wine in glass.

Hmm, medium-bodied, oaky, with notes of straight-up…sugar?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Wine tasting can be fun! However, not everything in the vat ends up in the bottle. Wine MAKING produces a lot of waste! California alone trashes two hundred thousands tons a year.

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