Gator Re-TAIL!

Two alligators: left side alligator showing its tail and right side alligator showing its head

Do alligators need re-tail therapy too? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Alligators are nature’s prehistoric rough housers. It’s all fun games til someone loses a tail!   Gucci might make CROCODILE shoes, but they don’t sell ‘gator tails. How do young alligators design their

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Eight Arms to Hold You

Octopus arms

Go, go, octopus arms! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When it comes to arms, octopuses have PLENTY! Their suction-cupped arms have terrified us in horror movies. But do we really know them? Lena Van Giesen and her team at Harvard University looked deeper. The

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Canine Brain

Dog smiling looking at the camera

Your dog loves you, NOT because you’re beautiful! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Puppies — they’re adorable! But do they think WE’RE cute? Nora Bunford and her team from Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest also wondered. They used MRI scanners to measure the brain

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ElectronINKed

Sensor tattooed on skin

Smartwatch weighing you down? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… How smart are they, anyway? Tracking your health and fitness is important – you want a device that knows you like your own skin! Faheem Ershad from the University of Houston has a solution.

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Hairy Memory

Girl with black curly hair

Getting in shape? So is… wool?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Curly or straight? Either way, your hair has a perfect memory. It REMEMBERS how it hung before you spent hours styling it. Can that super-power be put to use? Luca Cera from Harvard

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Forest is Calling

Forest with sun light coming from the side

Ring ring! It’s a call from… the forest? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. “If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody’s around, does it make a sound?” Let’s find out! The forest called to Sarab Sethi [SAH-rahb SEH-thih] and colleagues from Imperial College

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Tiny Folders!

When life gives you paper, make ORIGAMI!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… “Fold… Turn over… Unfold… REPEAT!”   And voilà! Baby Yoda! T-Rex! Or a thousand cranes! But could origami have a higher purpose? Yi Zhu from University of Michigan UNFOLDED origami’s potential. Zhu

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Smart Smell

Lime, lemon, … Cinnamon. One of these things is not like the others! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Familiar aromas can bring back childhood memories — OR send a chill up your spine! But why do things get personal for the brain when it

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Rhino’s Angels

A good BFF knows when to LISTEN! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. When it comes to avoiding poachers and predators, animals have different methods. Antelopes run crazy fast! But what about the chubby endangered black rhinoceros? Roan Plotz from Victoria University of Melbourne wondered.

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Glowing Squids

photograph of a humboldt squid swimming in the deep ocean

A light in the darkness…what is it trying to tell us? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Welcome to the MIDNIGHT ZONE. Where strange creatures wander through a pitch black eternal night. But what’s that mysterious glow…?   Benjamin Burford’s team at Stanford University looked where

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