Fingerprint Frenzy

WHO stole the cookies from the cookie jar? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… time to dust for prints! Arches, loops, whorls — your fingerprints are just one swirly piece of the puzzle that is YOU! But what determines how your fingerprints look? Jinxi

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Fungal Construction

Doesn’t Bob the Builder seem like a fun-gi? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Wood, steel, concrete – SO last season! What’s the next ‘it’ construction material?  Ross McBee from Columbia University and his teams bet on LIVING BRICKS! They started with brick-shaped molds full

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Confuzzled Cats

Wanna hear something PAW-esome? This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. You just want some peace after a long day at work. But that darn cat! It won’t leave you alone, no matter where you hide! What sort of sixth sense are they using to pin

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Handy Ants

Ants in your plants?  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Fixing up your fixer-upper? As every homeowner knows – the work NEVER ends! Azteca ants make their homes in Cecropia trees. The trees offer them food and shelter. But what happens when they need a

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Rockin’ Rockfish

Life will be AWESOME in – oh, two hundred years…?!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying… Flying cars, teleportation machines, negative-calorie desserts … too bad I won’t be around to see it! But if I were a rockfish? No problem! Some live for twenty

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Carpenter’s Secret

It’s “Tool Time!” This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. All those hours watching “Home Improvement” reruns paid off — you’ve finally built your dream bookshelf! But was all that sawing, hammering, and nail-biting worth it?  If only you could just bend wood to your will!

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Schrödinger’s Robber

Sure I’ll give you half my candy bar. But I’m NOT sharing with the whole carpool! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, saying, where do YOU fall on the selfishness meter? Carlos Alós-Ferrer, from the University of Zurich in Switzerland wanted to find out. He

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Cantankerous Capybaras

Call pest control – we’ve got a Capybara problem!  This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. Termites and rats are bad enough! What if you woke up to find giant brown guinea pigs roaming around your lawn?! Capybaras, native to South America, are the largest rodents

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Snowproof Genes

Cold weather — it’s SNOW joke! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. It’s freezing out, and you’re MISERABLE! Forget the down parka – what if your GENES could warm you ?  Enter Victoria Wyckelsma from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and team. They study a

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Pika Perseverance

Pikachu? More like pika-EWWW! This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science. In the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau of Southeast Asia lives the plateau pika – a little rodent the length of a butter knife. BUT plateau life is no small feat! Temperatures can reach negative twenty degrees fahrenheit,

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