Kangaroo Talk

Brown kangaroo looking at the camera on a grass field during day time

Voyage into the wild… to chat?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Are Dr. Doolittle and Disney princesses the ONLY ones who can talk with animals? Of course not! All pet owners can understand their fluffy friends – and vice versa. But what about the

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Imagine That!

Watercolor colors, brushes, and a notebook on a wooden table

Is your BRAIN looking lonely? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. What do you do when you feel lonely? Cry into a tub of ice cream…or use your imagination to create art, write poetry, or even paint! Could your lonely brain be filled with hidden

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Fungus Versus the Volcano

Conidia of the fungus Alternaria

Do FUNGI put the FUN in … cleaning? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science… and a VOLCANIC scientific discovery! Volcanic eruptions create a chemical called Selenium. And industry has since increased Selenium in water to toxic levels. Can we get help to clean it? Mary

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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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