Batty GPS

Can bats see into the future? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. SWOOP! A black blob dashes by – BATS! Their flight path seems so random – how do these speedy creatures keep track of where they are and where they’re going? Nicholas Dotson and

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Spread Your Wings

Aww … our nippy little PTERODACTYL is ready to leave the nest!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Imagine it’s two hundred million years ago. Look, up in the sky — it’s a pterosaur, A-K-A pterodactyl! When do they learn to fly? Right out of

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Trunk-tastic

Pop quiz: How is an elephant like a ROOMBAH?? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Slurp! Like your beloved house-hold appliance, elephants also use suction to grab onto food – even the tiniest peanut!  Andrew Schultz from Georgia Institute of Technology and colleagues wondered –

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Green Light Plant Flight

It’s a bird, it’s a plane . . . it’s a – scientist in a helicopter!? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Living beings, like plants, reflect light in unique spiral patterns into the environment. Non-living things — like buildings and bridges – not so

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Fin-tastic Navigation

Image of the bonnethead shark (Sphyrna tiburo)

Sky of blue, a sea of green . . . but which way’s home?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. I can’t even find the grocery store without my GPS! But some sharks migrate loooong distances. How do they plan their route without underwater Google

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T-rex Chomps

Photo of T-rex toy

Chomp, chomp! How hard can a teen T-Rex bite? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The adult Tyrannosaurus-rex in Jurassic Park easily bit through metal and rubber. CRUNCH — And bye-bye Jeep! But what about a teenage T-rex?  Enter Joseph Peterson from the University of

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Fresh Brains!

Images of zombies walking around.

Besides zombies . . . who ELSE loves BRAINS?? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Scientists! For research, they sometimes use brain tissue surgically removed to reduce seizures from epilepsy patients. Usually, the brain cells are tested more than twelve hours AFTER removal. But

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Red Planet, Blue Planet

Image of astronaut with red mountains behind him.

Mars is the RED planet … right? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Snaps from NASA’s Perseverance rover show a dry, dusty red landscape. But Mars used to be BLUE with water! Possibly as much as half the Atlantic Ocean. Where’d it go? Enter Eva

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Shrimply More

Cuttlefish

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish… This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Have some raisins? Eww, no. Avocado, cheese, or nummy tuna melt? Darnit! Are cuttlefish as picky as toddlers when choosing a snack? Tzu-Hsin Kuo and Chuan-Chin Chiao from National Tsing Hua

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