Ocean Influencers

Three dolphins swimming just under the surface of the water.

Just cuz all your friends are doing it…? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Teenage years: a time to try new things! For better or worse. Some stuff we learn from our parents, other stuff from friends. Dolphins are no different! Case in point? Shelling!

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Soft Dino Shells

A clutch of soft-shelled snake eggs surrounded by dirt

Which came first? The chicken or the soft shelled egg?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. For ages it was believed that dinosaur eggs were hard shelled – like chicken eggs! But is there a crack in that theory?  Mark Norell and colleagues from the

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Technicolor Vision

It’s a truly brilliant world… for hummingbirds! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Pretty blues! Vibrant reds! We humans see colors because of special cells in our eyes called cones. Hummingbirds have an extra cone that detects UV light — light from the sun WE can’t see.

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Deep-sea Camo

A deep-sea shrimp on a black background

Let’s play hide and seek… under the sea? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Dark, gloomy, and cold … it’s the deep sea! With only a little light filtering down, how do animals communicate? Shrimp use special body cells called photophores that light up. But these

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Dark Side

Do we all have an “evil twin?”  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. We’re not proud of our flaws and dark tendencies. Yet, we may secretly cheer for villains like Loki or Lord Voldemort. Why do we fan-out over fictitious bad guys?! Rebecca Krause and

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Tough Love

Tough love – sometimes it pays off! Even for… BABIES? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Are we bad parents if we let Junior “cry it out”? Some experts say it leads to attachment issues and increases crying. Others think tough love has no effect

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Mind Over Muscle

a model brain on a metal stick

No brains, no gains! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Worn out after a few flights of stairs? Lost your keys AGAIN!? After fifty, our minds and bodies begin coasting downhill. Is there a connection? Boris Cheval and his team at the University of Geneva

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Ghost Gene

  Ghosting – it’s not just for dating anymore! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Most mammals live on dry land. But not manatees!  Long ago, the ancestors of elephants jumped in for a swim and adapted to ocean life. Boom – manatees, AKA sea

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