Scents and Scents-ability

Is this milk still good to drink? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying…. I’ll just sniff…ohh ugh no! Down the sink it goes! Our sense of smell helps us avoid expired milk – and other dangers! But how do our brains process these stinky

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Gut’s Up Doc?

Is there a mind-tummy … connection? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The right balance of bacteria in our stomachs is important – even before we’re born! By interacting with the nerves, these bacteria help our brains develop properly! Could they also help prevent brain

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Trick or Treat

Everybody needs a wingman! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Bats use echolocation, a call that reflects back to them off of nearby objects. This helps them find dinner! What’s on the menu? Moths!  But some may have a TRICK to avoid being eaten. Enter

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Dye Another Day

Oh no! Is that . . . a new gray hair?! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Was it stress from traffic? Or hosting that interminable Thanksgiving dinner? More importantly, can I reverse it?  Enter Ayelet Rosenberg from Columbia University and team. They tracked down

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Silly-cybin

Tech support for your … brain? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Aargh!! My new AppleTV is going haywire because it’s not connecting with my phone. Calling tech support!  People who are stressed or depressed have a similar wiring issue. Their brain cells stop talking

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Dyno-mites!

If you can’t stand the heat – get out of the beehive!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Bees are THE SWEETEST. But varroa destructor mites decimate THOUSANDS of bee colonies every year!  Chemical pesticides for these mites can be toxic to bees and beekeepers.

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Risky Business

Love long, lazy strolls? Hate roller coasters? No match – swipe LEFT! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. The bride dreams of skydiving through their vows! But the groom would rather stay on solid ground. Can this marriage survive? Ask Marta Serra-Garcia of UC San

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Operation Tiny

Cancer cell destruction sequence initiated. Pew pew!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Needles sting; pills can be hard to swallow! Ever imagine a future in which tiny robots deliver medicine inside our bodies? Well that future starts NOW! Inspired by hinges and pistons, scientists

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Bite-time Story

Image of mosquitoes (Anopheles stephensi) which transmits malaria. Photo credit - Jim Gathany This media comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Image Library (PHIL).

Bugged by pesky mosquitoes? Try adjusting your ALTITUDE! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Malaria is a deadly disease spread by mosquitoes. And almost eighty percent of malaria mosquito bites occur indoors. BUT, these mosquitoes fly close to the ground. Could raising the height of

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Neck Envy

Photo of giraffe neck with open sky background.

You wanna talk about HIGH blood pressure!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying ask a giraffe! Giraffes have loooong necks. So pushing blood ALL the way up to their brains requires VERY high blood pressure! But in humans, high blood pressure causes heart damage.

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