Scents and Sensibility

We’ve got chemistry…literally! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. You’ve just clicked with a new friend. It’s easy to SEE why. You think alike, talk alike, even dress alike … but do you SMELL alike? Inbal Ravreby from the Weizmann Institute of Science tried to

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Moon Plane(e)ts

How do you grow a flower on the moon? You planet! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Three, two, one, blast off! Next stop? The Moon! In nineteen sixty-nine, Neil Armstrong was the first human to step on the Moon. Since then, scientists have wondered:

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Sound for Sore Eyes

What if we could save sight…with SOUND? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science saying… Okay, not just any sound…ULTRAsound! Yep, the same technology we use to SEE babies before they’re born. Can it also be used to restore vision? Enter Xuejun Qian and team from the

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I’m All Ears

You’ll want to pay attention to this – SO listen up! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science and the science of LISTENING! But you might be in a crowd right now! How does your brain focus on MY voice while ignoring other conversations around you?

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A Sweet Treat

How much do I love cocoa? A choc-o-LOT!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. But there are a lot of weird chocolates out there these days. Chocolate with burnt caramel, himalayan sea salt, CRANBERRIES. Sounds so tortured. And in fact, even making the straight stuff

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Fin-tastic Drivers

Birds gotta fly, fish gotta…DRIVE?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. You’re driving your usual route to work. Oh no! Road construction blocks the street you normally take. How does your brain steer you through the detour on an unfamiliar street? Shachar Givon from the

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One Step Ahead

One-Step-Forward

9,999…10,000 STEPS! Take THAT, Fitbit! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Who came up with that number, anyway? IS 10,000 the magic number for good health? Amanda Paluch of University of Massachusetts Amherst and an international team STEPPED up to investigate.  They combined and

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Green Power

Airplanes powered by… ALGAE? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Algae are microbes that can turn sunlight into energy that’ is then stored as oil. Algae’s other superpower? Fighting rising gas prices – as BIOFUELl! But this process is inefficient and costly. How can we

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Gaming Bookworms

Homework or zombie battles? Why not … BOTH? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. HOW to get your kids to stop with the video games and do their homework? Wait, could all that screen time actually be HELPING them? Enter Angela Pasqualotto and team from

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Sweet Tooth

Cavities are a PAIN – and that’s the TOOTH! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The enamel on our teeth is there to protect them from cavities – but sometimes they happen anyway! And truly life-like tooth enamel is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to create artificially. Or

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