Sleep Munching

I can’t sleep! It’s insom-NOM-NOM-NOM-ia time! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Who doesn’t love saving a little snack for later? Sometimes WAY later. During the summer, reindeer eat ALL DAY to get ready for winter. Their stomachs have FOUR chambers, including one to store

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Genetically Stylish Heads

Genetically stylish heads rock the most fashionable hats! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Have you ever wondered why people’s heads are shaped differently? The portion of the skull that protects the brain is the cranial vault. Its shape is inheritable and can have implications

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Unalike Identical Twins

Soup or Salad? Give me two of the same! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Eating less meat improves heart health. Research has shown. However, diet studies are often muddled by differences in genetics and lifestyle choices among individuals. So why don’t we compare TWINS

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Jedi Talk

Luke, use the force… to talk?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Jedi Warriors in Star Wars can communicate telepathically. Could we give that ability to those who’ve lost speech to neurodegenerative diseases? Currently, there are ways of translating brain signals into words, but they’re

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GENE-ious Primates

Mutation spotted! Evolve, you cheeky monkey!   This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.   From swinging through trees to driving through concrete jungles, we’ve come a long way from our primate ancestors! But our genes connect us! Could analyzing primate genomes help us understand human

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Chill DOG-tor

Fido! What’s dogging you?   This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science.   It can be heartbreaking to see your nervous pup pacing restlessly. The brain function of dogs is a big mystery! What’s the key to calm their canine jitters?!    Enter Yangfeng Xu and

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Sweat, Sleep, Repeat

Sweat and snooze for a longer cruise! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Some people are ALWAYS sleeping! Others don’t seem to need it. But sleeping too much or too little actually LOWERS life expectancy. Could exercise help?  Enter Dr. Jihui Zhang and team from

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Selfie Love

Say cheese!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, taking pictures has never FELT this good! Breakfast selfie, outfit selfie… They are EVERYWHERE! Selfies are a popular way to capture and share moments. But could they also have a psychological component? Richard Eibach from the

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Worm Scouts

Boy scouts can learn a thing or two about knots… from WORMS? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Have you ever tried to tie a knot so tight that you couldn’t undo it? Turns out there are OTHER organisms that have mastered the knotting technique!

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Baby Mathletes

Goo goo … a-HA! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When it comes to math skills, are we Born This Way? Elisabeth Spelke and Fei Xu from the Northeastern University of Boston went to the source: Babies! They seated sixteen six-month-olds in a comfy chair.

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