Sweat and Skillz

Who says you can’t work up a sweat playing Minecraft? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Who ISN’T clocking extra video game hours these days? Practice makes perfect! But, could something BESIDES all that couch-sittin’ and button-mashing help you level up? Marc Roig and his team

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Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and mirrors…it’s not just a magician’s trick! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Cigarettes have a NEW magic trick – THIRD hand smoke! Harmful tobacco pollutants are dirtying up counters and clothes alike! Yet those surfaces were never NEXT to the smoke. How do

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Goal-Den Rule

It’s been a few months…How are those New Years’ resolutions coming? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Making goals is easy. Sticking with them? Two different beasts! Doing a triathlon- great idea! But, once you start training- yikes!  Agata Ludwiczak and a University College London

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Soccer or Football?

Fries or chips? Soccer or football? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… same language – different words!  Depends on which side of the pond you’re from. And people from different generations tend to talk differently too.  Brendan Johns and Randall Jamieson of the Universities

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Smelling Bees

Forget spelling bees, how about SMELL-ing bees? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Ever notice how certain scents bring up old memories? Franziska Neumann of the University of Freiburg wondered whether smells can help us LEARN better, too.  She and her team partnered with two

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What the Shell?

  Can she sell sea shells by the sea shore? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Sea shell hunting is SWELL. But when carbon dioxide levels rise, the ocean gobbles up shells instead of sharing! See, carbon dioxide is absorbed from air or stirred up

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Yelp Department

Does trying out a new restaurant give you butterflies? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Hopefully the butterflies mean excitement — not food poisoning! Health departments can’t monitor all eateries all the time. Who can we trust to keep restauranteurs in line? Maybe Yelp can

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Happy Feet the Scientist

Could climate scientists get some help from…Happy Feet? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Monitoring our oceans helps us understand how they’re changing. Right now, sensors monitor the sea’s currents, temperature, and salt levels. But they can’t cover the ENTIRE ocean. Picture the data as

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Sleigh Bells and Seaweed

Christmas came and went – and so did the cookies you left for Santa! But what do reindeer eat off season? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Climate change in the far north freezes Rudolph’s favorite plants. It also melts sea-ice bridges, preventing reindeer from

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No Ice Ice Baby

Yo, Rocky!  Cool it on the ice baths! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Some post-workout routines are CAH-RAZY. You want to maximize your hard work and get “swole”. Ice baths are thought to improve recovery and conditioning. But, how do ice baths REALLY affect

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